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History eNews from Emerging America - May 16, 2018

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

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.