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History eNews from Emerging America - May 19, 2023

Published on Fri, 05/19/2023

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

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 10, Issue 5 for May 19, 2023

In this Issue

  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • News
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • [if applicable] Blog post preview: Whose stories? Consider Immigrant History. Link to full blog post. 


Tools to empower learners

The Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum models many strategies for inclusive skills and content, vocabulary, and assessment–in a framework of Universal Design for Learning.

"Time Out" hand-symbol illustrates a slide with guidelines for stopping to set ground rules.
"Time Out" teaching slide

This slide from the curriculum is an example of many innovative tools for access in the Reform to Equal Rights curriculum.  



Events @ Emerging America - Info & Registration.

Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. Contact or

Graduate Courses - Online

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

Scholarships for Winter Courses - Registration fees of $50 and $100

  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources - Northampton, MA (in person)


Presentations and Recordings from Emerging America

Upcoming Presentations and Past Recordings from Emerging America

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

Mark your calendar:

  • October 19, 7-8pm Eastern Time - National Council for the Social Studies professional development webinar: Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the Social Studies. 
  • National Council for the Social Studies - Nashville - December 1-3, 2023.
    • Info on the NCSS 2023 NCHE Conference
    • Rich Cairn, Emerging America will present on the Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum
    • Alison Noyes, English Learner Collaborations/MCSS will present on 'What Do ESL Teachers Wish You Knew' 
  • Watch for other highlights on inclusion as they develop. 




    Screenshot of Ms. Matro's YouTube video interview; she sits in front of a plain backdrop, professional in a blazer, with chin-length brown hair, white skin, her face partly in shadow,

    Teaching with Integrity. Katharina Matro, a high school social studies teacher who grew up in Germany, explains how consistent and open education about the Holocaust shaped her own commitment to democracy and her love of country. Video from the American Historical Association

    New at the Library of Congress


    TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this issue - (log in to see DISCUSSIONS; no log-in needed for ALBUMS):

    You may link directly to these resources. 


    Library of Congress Teacher Blog

    • Reflections from the Library: Interesting Finds to Collaborate
    • Launching Units with Primary Source Phenomena: Like a Shot from a Bow
    • Teaching Scientific Literacy: The Case of Medicinal Teas
    • Teaching Scientific Literacy: The Case of the Psychic Force
    • Gordon Parks and the New Deal: Life Documented in Photographs
    • Two Questions with Literacy Achieves, Literacy Action, and Literacy Network, 2022 Literacy Awards Successful Practice Honorees


    Disability History Resources & Updates


    Summer 2023 - All are in-person unless noted


    Other Resources


    New Blog Post: Time Out – Spotlight Offensive Language in Primary Sources

    By Rich Cairn

    Using nearly 250 primary sources on disability history as part of the Reform to Equal Rights curriculum development project, we repeatedly encountered offensive language about disability in the sources. This blog post offers strategies that we have found effective to aid students to address such terms in a positive and respectful way.  

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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.