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History eNews from Emerging America – May 1, 2019

Published on Wed, 05/01/2019


  • June 11 – 8:45am-3:30pm – Massachusetts DESE: 2019 Civics Literacy Conference – Information and Registration
  • June 13 or June 14 – Massachusetts DESE: History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute – Information and Registration
  • Discovering Justice seeks Executive Director – Applications due by May 22. Info.
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education seeks History and Social Science Content Specialist – Info.

Lessons on Disability History Address 2018 Mass HSS Framework

Featured Lesson:

Social Security: What is the Federal Responsibility to Care for Vulnerable People?


A photograph of a widow standing next to a fence in black and white.

A Social Security Poster featuring a widow.

More Security for the American Family, c. 1939

National Archives: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA – Info & Registration.



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

Teaching Grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social StudiesInstructor Laurie Risler. Grad credit available. Register.

  • July 8-9 – South Hadley Public Library.

Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century. Instructor Kelley Brown. Scholar: Akhil Amar. Register.

  • July 1 to Aug. 16 – Fully Online.

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Instructors Alison Noyes and Laurie Risler. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour requirement for professional development on strategies to teach students with disabilities and diverse learners. Register.

  • July 29-30 – South Hadley Public Library.


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Supporting and Critiquing America during WWII: Primary Sources from the Fort Valley Music Festivals
  • Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Us! Special Live Streamed Event 10am April 29th
  • Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Celebrating the Public Domain and Engaging Creatively with Primary Sources

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS – Across Massachusetts and the U.S.

  • Who Should Vote. Workshop for Teachers. Sponsors: Massachusetts Center for Civic Education & Kennedy Institute. – 10PDPs – Information and Registration
    • May 16 – 9am-4pm – Asa Waters Mansion (Millbury, MA)
    • May 17 – 9am-4pm – John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum (Hyannis, MA)
    • May 20 – 9am-4pm – Easthampton High School
  • May 3 – 7pm – Historic Northampton – Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors: Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens and the Big House – Information and Registration
  • May 9 – 7pm – Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools – RIDES Virtual Community Webinar – Information and Registration
  • May 11 – 6-8pm – Historic Northampton: Stories of Bicycling History & Activism – A Public Talk by Lorenz J. Finison – RSVP to to reserve a space.
  • May 11 – 3-6pm – Museum of Our Industrial Heritage: Tapping into History: Greenfield Tap and Die (Expanded Exhibit).
  • May 16 – 6-9pm – American Antiquarian Society: “Women’s Rights in Images, 1848-1876” – Information and Registration
  • May 18 – 10am-1pm – Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee- Talk a Walk in Sojourner Truth’s Shoes (Florence) – Register

Summer 2019:

  • June 22 – The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife (sponsored by Historic Deerfield) – Entertainments at Taverns and Long Rooms in New England (1700-1900) – Information and Application
  • MCSS – Unrepresented Voices of the American Revolution – Information and Application (Fee applies)
    • Online Course – Starts July 10
    • Face-to-Face Course – August 12-16
  • July 24-26 – 9am – 3pm – America Transformed: Teaching Westward Expansion Using Maps, Art, and Primary Sources. Explore new exhibition and ways to engage students with maps. Leventhal Map & Education Center and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Also Native educators from Akomawt Educational Initiative. Grades 4-12. Information and registration
  • July 27 – History Camp Pioneer Valley – Holyoke Community College – Information
  • August 5-9 – UMass Boston – Boston Through a Wider Lense – Information and Application
  • June 26 and 27 – 8:30am-3:30pm – Inquiry Design Model Institute: Shifting to Inquiry (Led by C3 Teachers. Hosted by Burlington Public Schools) – Information and Registration (Fee applies)
  • July 9, 10, and 11 – Collaborative for Educational Services: Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training – Information and Registration – email Colleen Osten at for an application form.
  • July 9, 10, and 11 – Sons & Daughters of Liberty Summer Institute for Teachers: A Revolutionary Three Day Walking Tour through the Cradle of Liberty – Information and Registration (Fee applies)

Fall 2019:


New Accessible Lesson: Social Security – What is the Federal Responsibility to Care for Vulnerable People?

The passage of the Social Security Act is a watershed event in the changing role of the US government. It is history with personal relevance to the many students whose home supports are affected by the US Social Security system, including some students with disabilities. Emerging America has been collecting lesson plans that address Disability History topics in the Massachusetts History and Social Science content standards. This week, we have added a new lesson on Social Security to the Emerging America teaching resources library. This lesson plan has a special feature: the teacher who authored it offers reflections on how teaching the lesson worked with her class when she taught it the first time.

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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.