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History eNews from Emerging America - March 10, 2021

Published on Wed, 03/10/2021

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 6 for March 10, 2021


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources


Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources begins April 9 

Meet Massachusetts re-licensure requirement for 15 hours of professional development on teaching ELs–focused on teaching social studies.

Info & Registration

[Woman in white blouse gestures as she speaks in front of blackboard; in the background, a standing man touches an open workbook on the desk of a seated man with an open-collared button down shirt.] 

“Adult ESL (English as Second Language) class, Khmer Village, Houston, Texas.” (1982).




EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. Contact


PDPs / OR optional grad credit available from Westfield State University.  


  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources:
    • ALL states' teachers welcome! Focus on Massachusetts and Maryland state standards and resources. 
    • Led by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America; Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour recertification requirement on teaching English Learners. 
    • April 9 - May 21. One live webinar. Info & Registration
  • Teaching the History's Mysteries K-5 Curriculum: 
    • Earn 10 PDPs by completing the workshop and submitting reflective input after you teach the curriculum. Led by program creators, Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown. Info about the free History’s Mysteries: Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms. Info & Registration
    • April 14, 7-8:15pm 
    • Follow-up session for all in June. 
  • The Right to Privacy: "The Most Valued and Comprehensive Right": 
    • Taught by outstanding teacher-leader Kelley Brown and historian David Hudson. 
    • Earn 67.5 PDPs (MA), 45 hours (other states), or 3 grad credits from Westfield State University. 
    • May 3 - June 25. Two live webinars: May 19 & June 9. Info & Registration



See complete list of short webinars, poster presentations, and more. 

  • March 25 - Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) Panel Discussion - Creating an Inclusive Civic and History Education for All - LDA & Emerging America are proud partners of Educating for American Democracy. Learn about this initiative and changes it represents for all learners. Info
  • April 8-11 - NCHE Conference. Info
  • May 7-8 - Teaching History Conference - UC Davis and the California History and Social Science Project. Info & Registration
  • NEW RECORDING: February 24, 2021 - Rethinking Immigration History for ALL Learners. Keynote presentation as part of Teacher Librarian Day. (90 minutes). Recording. In 2021, the TLD ran from February 22 to 26 with the theme of New Directions. Sponsored by Metropolitan State University of Denver and Western Region TPS. TLD 2021 Recordings and Materials.

Contact Rich Cairn to schedule Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district or region in 2021.



TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this week - (log in to see DISCUSSIONS; no log-in needed for ALBUMS):

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Jason Reynolds: Grab the Mic, March Edition
  • Exploring the Early Copyright Collection at the Library of Congress
  • An Old Book, a Former Student, and Research Strategies


EVENTS (online unless otherwise noted)

  • March 10, 7pm Eastern - An Evening with Sarah Vowell. National Council for History Education (NCHE). Info
  • March 13, 8am - 12pm Eastern - STEM & history workshop for grades 7-12 teacher - Mount Vernon. Info
  • March 16, 7pm Eastern - Rethinking Reconstruction: A Conversation with Manisha Sinha. American Antiquarian Society. [MANISHA SINHA ROCKS! - EDITOR.] Info
  • March 16, 1pm Eastern - Immigration and 1920s KKK: Teaching with Primary Source Documents - Immigrant Learning Center, Re-Imagining Migration, Indiana Historial Bureau. Info
  • March 16, 7:30pm Eastern - NCHE and SHEG Present: Reading Like a Historian Workshop. Info
  • March 17, 7pm Eastern - Exile: Homelessness and Northampton State Hospital - Historic Northampton. Info
  • March 18 to April 22 - We the People in Context - weekly series on topics of the 2021 competition - Center for Civic Education. Info
  • March 18, 7-8pm Eastern - Civil War Diaries as Primary Sources. Gilder Lehrman Institute. Info
  • March 18, 4pm Eastern - Why Instructional Materials Matter - Shanti Elangovan,Tanji Reed Marshall, Stefanie Wager, NCSS. - inquirED. Info
  • March 22, 6:00-7:30pm Eastern - Panel: Religion and Politics: Then and Now. JFK Library. Info
  • March 23, 3-4pm: DESE Civics Project Support Forum - Engaging Students' Identities and Lived Experience. Info
  • March 25, 7pm Eastern. War, Combat and the American Soldier - Historians Margaret MacMillan & Rick Atkinson. Info
  • March 30, 4pm Eastern. Doug Lemov and others - webinar - Hybrid Best Practices. Info
  • March 30, 7pm Eastern - "Ladies Notice:" Dressmaking and Millinery on Main Street in Nineteenth-Century Northampton - Historic Northampton. Info
  • March 31, 6:00-7:30pm Eastern - Panel: US Immigration: Past Policy and New Directions. JFK Library. Info
  • April 8-11 - National Council for History Education Conference. Info
  • April 10, 9:15am - 4:45pm Eastern. Forum: Invisible Makers: Textiles, Dress, and Marginalized People in 18th- and 19th-Century America. Historic Deerfield. Info
  • September 14-17. Restore Circles 4-Day process in the Educational Setting. Crossroads Leadership Lab -




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Rich Cairn

Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.