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History eNews from Emerging America - March 9, 2022

Published on Wed, 03/09/2022

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 9, Issue 3 for March 9, 2022



  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Guest Blog post preview: Defining Civic Equity for Students with Disabilities by Leah Bueso. Link to the full blog post.  


Defining Civic Equity for Students with Disabilities

Guest Blog Post (see below).

Free webinar: New Inclusive Strategies and Tools in Civic Engagement by Students with Disabilities - Friday, March 11, 3:45pm

Info on all Mass Civics Learning Week workshops

Chicago students participate in climate strike. Photo by Charles Edward Miller

Leah Bueso reports on a study of participation in civics by students with disabilities in Chicago.




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.  

  • Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations
    • Gain practical training in the geographic and historical content and inquiry-based strategies and resources for instruction to address Social Science Standards. Focus on regions of the world that have been underrepresented in K-12 classrooms. 
    • Led by Nicholas Aieta, Westfield State University, and Rich Cairn, Emerging America
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or optional 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • April 19 - May 24. Online. With two live webinars. Register for Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations


  • Introduction to Elementary Inquiry Using History’s Mysteries 


  • Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students
    • Harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. Focus on access strategies. 
    • Alison Noyes, Emerging America. 
    • July 8 to July 29. Online. With three live webinars: July 12, 19 & 26
    • Register for Immigration Issues


  • Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom History's Mysteries Institute
    • The creators of History’s Mysteries will guide you through deep exploration of this powerful K-5 curriculum and its methods. Choose between customizing a unit for your unique classroom needs or creating a new History’s Mysteries-style lesson on a vital topic. 
    • 5-day summer intensive: July 25 to 29. Online. 
    • Laurie Risler, with Kelley Brown. 
    • Available for 66.5 PDPs or optional 3 graduate credits from Westfield State University. 
    • Register for the History’s Mysteries Institute



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

  • March 11, 3:45-4:30 - New Inclusive Strategies and Tools for Civic Engagement by Students with Disabilities - part of Mass Civics Learning Week 2022. Info on the webinar. 





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):

You may link directly to these resources. 


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • What Can Primary Sources Tell Us about Battling Misinformation?
  • What Happened Last Twosday? Exploring 2-22-22 in Primary Sources
  • Teaching Modeling of the Universe with an Orrery Planetarium
  • Using Sheet Music to Bring History to Life
  • Submit Your Students’ Research for Inclusion in our New Learning Center
  • Connecting the Dots with Baseball and Library Online Resources
  • What’s new online at the Library of Congress – Winter 2021/22



  • I was reminded in a conversation with disability advocates this week of how important it is for teachers to set rules for respectful use of language before they begin looking at primary sources with students, because some historic sources absolutely will contain offensive terms. Avoiding those terms in primary sources only shelters and empowers the bigoted ideas. Yet teachers must support students who could be upset to encounter them and clearly lay out practices for discussion, research, and classroom behavior. Visit the Accessing Inquiry online clearinghouse. - Rich Cairn, Editor 
  • Consider basic Mental Health First Aid training on how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 6-18. 
  • Dr. Robert Smithdas redefined deafblindness - article at Perkins online collections. 
  • The WNET Group (the parent company of the PBS stations THIRTEEN, WLIW, and NJ PBS) has launched the Becoming Helen Keller collection on PBS LearningMedia. Now they want your feedback! The collection explores disability history and the life and work of Helen Keller- author, advocate, and human rights pioneer. All the videos and support materials incorporate accessibility features including ASL interpretation, descriptive transcripts, extended audio description, closed captioning, alternative text descriptions for primary source images, and accessible text-based handouts. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey: 
  • Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse. Disability and Voting Accessibility in the 2020 Elections: Final Report on Survey Results, Submitted to the Election Assistance Commission. February 16, 2021. School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University. Download the report on disability and voting
  • Deaf: Cultures and Communication, 1600 to the Present - Yale University Library.
  • “Six Manga Books About People with Disabilities” by Brigid Alverson in School Library Journal, February 2022. (Vol. 68, #2, pp. 32-34). 



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Guest Blog Post: Civic Equity for Students with Disabilities

By Leah Bueso, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California Riverside Graduate School of Education

Civics researcher Leah Bueso reports on a new landmark study on civic participation by students with disabilities in the Chicago Public Schools. Bueso examined the results of surveys of nearly 50,000 students to determine where students with disabilities are being included, and where they are left out. 

Read the full blog post History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. 

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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.