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History eNews from Emerging America - May 11, 2022

Published on Wed, 05/11/2022

Emerging America logo against vista of sky, river, distant mountains.

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 9, Issue 5 for May 11, 2022


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Guest Blog post: Content Teachers Take Your Seat at the Table: How to empower students by participating in IEP and 504 team meetings. Link to the full blog post


“Why didn’t my school teach me this?” 

- Young adult disability advocate on seeing the photo below. 

Are You Teaching Disability History?

Whether the answer is “Yes” or “No,” please complete a short survey to help us document the extent of Disability History education in the U.S. Link to the survey

Join us for our June 30 workshop on the new, free K-12 Disability History Curriculum: Reform to Equal Rights

a man operating a massive saw while sitting on a stool, his legs too short to reach the ground
1942...Operating a band saw in a Baltimore factory, he processes aluminum hearts which are part of airplane motor assemblies... White Engineering Company, Baltimore, Maryland"

“Robert Hudson makes a valuable contribution to the nation's war progress.” WWII U.S. Office of War Information photographer Ann Rosener documented participation in defense manufacturing. (1942). Library of Congress. 

(Note: As often happens with sources related to disability, some language associated with this photo is offensive by today’s standards. Students require preparation to respond appropriately.)


  • Emerging America is proud to join the 2022 Teaching with Primary Sources Professional Learning Conference: Engaging the Long Arc of the Civil Rights Movement - July 7, 2pm - July 8, 2022, 5:00pm at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta. Keynote: Charles M. Payne. Visit the Apex Museum, MLK National Historic Site, and The Center for Civil and Human Rights. Other presenters include the Right Question Institute. For K-12 educators and pre-service educators. $75 (includes meals). Sponsored by the TPS Civil Rights Fellowship collaboration between the University of South Carolina, Mars Hill University, and Middle Tennessee State University. Register for the Long Arc of the Civil Rights Movement conference
  • Citizen U announced new Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) NEA Microcredentials. Eight topics of job-embedded training include: Inquiry, Assessment, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning, Historical Places, and Historical Picture Books. (Emerging America is a proud partner on the project.) Free to NEA members. $75 to non-members; free vouchers available for non-members. Info on the TPS Microcredentials
  • “What Are You Going to Do with That? Podcast on careers in Humanities - National Humanities Alliance. 
  • Browse the Mass Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) YouTube Channel. Including May 16 discussion on Genocide Education. 
  • Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program makes project grants to K-12 educators to utilize new teaching methods and techniques. Info re Heroes grants
  • Adult volunteers needed for Massachusetts Civics Day - June 6, 9:30am - 12:00pm - at Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston - Students will showcase civic action projects. Sponsored by Generation Citizen. Register to volunteer at MA Civics Day. 
  • Next issue of History eNews is June 8. Submit items to by June 1. 


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 Disability History: How the Civil War Changed Disability and American Government
    • Morning workshop on the Civil War veterans unit: How the Civil War Transformed Disability. 
    • Afternoon will showcase the entire K-12 Disability History curriculum and feature a lesson-writing workshop
    • Evening webinar with disability historian Graham Warder. 
    • Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • June 30, 9am-12pm; 12:30-3pm; 7-8pm - Eastern Time. Online. 
    • Register for Teaching Disability History.


  • 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. 
    • Summer: July 24-29 (5-day intensive). 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.

[ALT] See list of accessible recordings of short webinars, poster presentations, and more.


  • Recording from History and Civics Accessibility as a Practical Civil Right, by Leslie Villegas - New America and Rich Cairn - Emerging America - April 26. Sponsored by CivXNow and Educating All Learners. (Video 1:02). Play recording of the Civics Accessibility webinar


  • Race, Disability, and the Movement for Disability Rights: Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources 



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

  • Datasets as Primary Sources: An Archaeological Dig into Our Collective Brains, Part 2 
  • Jason Reynolds: Grab the Mic Newsletter, April 2022 Edition
  • Transportation through U.S. History: A New Primary Source Set
  • The Fascinating Town Atlas of the Netherlands









Guest Blog Post: Content Teachers Take Your Seat at the Table

How to empower students by participating in IEP and 504 team meetings

By Laurel Peltier, Ph.D., Collaborative for Educational Services 

As the content-area teacher, you are the expert not only in your subject area, but in how the student with a disability lives out learning in the place that matters for all students–the general education classroom. So, the next time you’re invited to a 504 or IEP team meeting, take a minute to celebrate your power and the opportunity you have to make a difference…

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.