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History eNews from Emerging America - May 16, 2018

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Published on Wed, 05/16/2018

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 5, Issue 20 for May 16, 2018


  • Western Mass Social Studies PLC meets Wednesday, 3:30-5:00 at Haymarket Cafe in Northampton. Lots of changes to talk about! (Read on.)
  • DESE statewide Civics Education Institute for 250 educators July 24-26 in Marlborough. Register by school district. Limited spaces remaining.
  • Mass Senate includes $1.5 million for civics education in budget. Learn more and join those supporting Civics Advocacy Days May 16-18. Details.
  • May 22 - 10:30am - Mass Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hear the latest draft of the new framework in Marblehead. (New draft will be public just prior to that.) June 26 - Malden - scheduled vote on framework.
  • Welcome to Michelle Ryan, new History and Social Studies Coordinator at the Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education!
  • History Learning Lab - North Andover High School - News Article
  • JFK Presidential Library & Museum (prizes!) - Teaming Up for Better Civics Education Survey
  • Teaching Tolerance - Diversity Democracy Grants - Info and Applications

Do you know Disability History? Disability History will play a larger role in new Mass History & Social Science Framework. Learn that history and gain tools to teach students with disabilities in June Accessing Inquiry Workshops. Registration Taunton State Hospital (initial construction - 1853) Massachusetts played a central role in the history of disability in the 19th Century, including building mental hospitals through the leadership of reformer Dorothea Dix.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Contact ACCESSING INQUIRY FOR ALL LEARNERS Register NOW for June. Hands-on workshop to learn and practical skills for teaching diverse learners. “Accessing Inquiry” courses meet Mass license renewal requirements for 15-hours PD on students with disabilities or 15-hours PD on English Learners. Optional 1 Westfield State University grad credit in History available. Mark your calendars:

  • June 26-27 - North Adams ($72.50) Free to teachers of North Adams Public Schools. Register
  • June 28-29 - Springfield ($72.50) Free to teachers of Springfield Public Schools. Register


  • NEW! July 5 - August 5 - Fully online. The American War in Vietnam - Kelley Brown and Chris Appy. $35. Register.
  • NOTE: REDUCED INTRO PRICE SUMMER 2018. July 18-20 - CES, Northampton - Teaching Grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social Studies. $125. Register.
  • NEW! July 30-31 - Boston Public Library - Immigration and Maps - Registration now open


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Civil War Music: A Classic Primary Source Set Plays a New Tune
  • Analyzing Propaganda's Role in World War I

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

  • May 17 - 7pm - Hatfield Historical Society - Opening Talk: The Forgotten Empire of Porter McLeod: How a Hatfield Machine Shop Transversed the Globe (Exhibit opens on Sunday, May 27) - Info
  • May 29 - 6-7:30pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum (Webcast) - Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America - Register Free
  • May 31 - 7pm - American Antiquarian Society - “Holding These Truths: A Panel Discussion about the Declaration of Independence” - Info
  • June 17 - 2-4pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA) - Honoring the Centennial of Nelson Mandela - RSVP
  • June 22 and 23 - 1.5 day conference - Historic Deerfield - Religious Spaces: Our Vanishing Landmarks - Program Schedule and Registration

Other Resources:

  • Five College Center for East Asian Studies - Becoming Modern: Early 20th-Century Japan through Primary Sources - Info

Summer 2018:

  • July 18 and 19 - 4QM Teaching - Brookline, MA - Teaching and Learning with the “Four Question Method,” an inquiry method for teachers and students - Info and Registration

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Karen Albano

History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.