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History eNews from Emerging America - March 4, 2020

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Published on Wed, 03/04/2020

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 7, Issue 7 for March 4, 2020



  • Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference - 3/14 - UMass Amherst. Register ASAP. INFO. Donate to youth scholarships:
  • DESE seeks teachers for voluntary, computer-based question tryout in May/June 2020 for new MCAS History and Social Science test in grade 8 civics. Sign up by March 13. 
  • NERC - April 6-7 - Boston - Info
  • iCivics Celebration of Civics - May 21 - spotlight Massachusetts civics projects. Info
  • Submit workshop proposals by Friday, March 13 for DESE’s 2020 Civics Literacy Conference on May 5, 2020 9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 
  • Engage youths and young adults with disabilities in the 2020 election. Voter Registration. Email Barbara Morris at [CORRECTION.]


Teaching about Ideology and Other Difficult Topics 


America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond

Register for April 3-4 workshop in Melrose, Mass.

Democracy Index 2019. Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit

Examine the struggle between socialism, fascism, communism, populism, and republicanism that came into focus in 1930s Spain, carried forward through WWII, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights–right up to today. Gain strategies to teach these challenging topics in today’s polarized world. 

Workshop co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. One grad credit or PDPs.


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.




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

  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources - Instructors: Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets state PD requirement, with attention to teachers of History and Social Science and the Humanities. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources - Instructors Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets state PD requirement, with attention to teachers of History and Social Science and the Humanities. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • March 27 & April 15 - Hudson 
  • America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond - Instructor: Kelley Brown. Scholars Peter Carroll and Sebastiaan Faber. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • April 3-4 - Melrose High School
  • Accessing Civic Engagement with Students with Disabilities - Instructors: Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. 10 PDPs. 
    • April 13 - Hudson - $40



  • TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Developing Students’ Discipline-Specific Thinking by Studying Cultural Documentation

  • Du Bois in Paris – Exposition Universelle, 1900



  • March 16 - 9am-3pm - Boston Latin School’s Youth Climate Action Union (YouthCAN): 14th Annual Youth Summit on Climate and Sustainability - Information 
  • April 1, 4 p.m. - Long-distance, interactive - American Antiquarian Society - Revere, His Networks, and the New Nation. Information
  • April 4 - Boston Public Library - Leventhal Map Collection - America Transformed: Teaching Native people in New England and the Americas - a collaboration with Akomawt that upended Euro-American narratives of westward expansion. Information
  • April 4 - 8am-5:30pm - A Historic Deerfield Forum: The Bitter and the Sweet: The Material Culture of Sugar in Early New England - Information and Registration


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Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.