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History eNews from Emerging America - November 10, 2021

Published on Wed, 11/10/2021

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

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 20 for November 10, 2021


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Disability History Resources & Updates
  • Other Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Blog post preview: “New Mini-Units Will Integrate Disability History across K-12 Curriculum” - Link to blog post.


New Mini-Units Will Integrate Disability History across K-12 Curriculum 

Seeking teachers to pilot mini-units. 

Link to blog post.

See below for a list of workshops on inclusion.

Sergeant Thomas Plunkett of Co. E, 21st Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in uniform with amputated arms. [seated in chair, man looks toward viewer, uniform sleeves hanging loose without hands]


  • Free Teaching with Primary Sources Micro-credentials - Barat Foundation’s Citizen U micro-credentials on using primary sources, hosted by the National Education Association (NEA), and created in partnership with Emerging America, and Inquiry in the Upper Midwest. Includes Universal Design for Learning.
  • PBS NewsHour Extra's Journalism in Action seeks teacher curriculum writers.
  • “Community and Civic Engagement: How Trust and Belonging Fuel Civic Action” - article and links to resources by Chicago teacher, Andrea Cavedo. Link to Community article
  • “You can't have meaningful civic engagement without social and emotional skills” (SEL) - Karen Niemi. Link to the article on SEL
  • “On ‘Difficult’ Conversations,” by Derisa Grant. 
  • Take an MIT teacher survey on “teacher’s attitudes toward new legislation to prohibit the teaching of topics such as critical race theory, white privilege, and systemic racism.” 
  • The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is working with Primary Source to develop curriculum for grades 5, 6, & 7. Read about the Investigating History initiative
  • Preservation Massachusetts seeks a program & advocacy manager. Link for info on the job
  • Next issue of History eNews is December 8. Submit items to by December 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. 

  • 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. 
    • January 12 to March 2. Online. With three live webinars. 
    • Register for Immigration Issues.


  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources
    • Meets Massachusetts 15-hour recertification requirement on teaching Students with Disabilities. Access FREE K-12 Curriculum on History of People with Disabilities. 
    • Led by Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or optional 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • January 14 - February 23. Online. One live webinar. Register for Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities.


  • Introduction to Elementary Inquiry Using History’s Mysteries 
    • Become familiar with History’s Mysteries and ask questions of its authors in preparation for teaching the curriculum. 
    • February 9, or May 18, 7-8:30 pm Eastern. Online. 
    • Register for History’s Mysteries Intro. 


  • 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.
    • Spring: February 28 to April 4. 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


  • America and World Fascism - From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond: 
    • Study extremism and resistance to it across the 20th century to today. Explore strategies to teach difficult and controversial subjects. 
    • Led by Peter Carroll, Stanford University; Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College; and Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • March 3 - April 15. Online. With four live webinars. 
    • Register for America and World Fascism course.


  • Make Your Civic Engagement Inclusive
    • Design civic engagement projects and civics education that are fully inclusive, especially of students with disabilities and English Learners.
    • Led by Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Earn 10 PDPs with submission of an inclusive civic engagement plan. 
    • March 3. Online. 
    • Register for Inclusive Civic Engagement


  • Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations
    • Gain practical training in the geographic and historical content and inquiry-based strategies and resources for instruction to address Social Science Standards. Focus on regions of the world that have been underrepresented in K-12 classrooms. 
    • Led by Nicholas Aieta, Westfield State University, and Rich Cairn, Emerging America
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or optional 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • April 19 - May 24. Online. With two live webinars. Register for Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations



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

  • National Council for the Social Studies Conference - November 15-21 
    • Inclusion, Equity, and Access - November 21, 11:30-12:15 Eastern. TPS Consortium Panel. Info on NCSS Conference
    • Creating History’s Mysteries: Engaging Young Learners in Inquiry-Driven Social Studies - November 21, 2:30-3:15 pm Eastern. Info re History’s Mysteries workshop
    • Growing Citizens: Differentiating Civics Education for All Learners - Emerging America & Engaging Congress - November 21, 2:30-3:15 pm Eastern. Info re Citizens workshop


  • Meaningfully Engaging Students with Disabilities - Plan and implement civics projects that are meaningful and accessible. Sponsored by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 




  • Library announces new Teaching with Primary Sources grants. Link to list of grants.
    • Including Mass Council for the Social Studies, iCivics, History’s Mysteries, and CES!  
  • Living Nations, Living Words - work by Native Nations poets curated by Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Link to Living Nations
  • Gems of Comic Art Collection - Geppi Gems. Link to online Comic Art exhibition
  • Civic education leader Danielle Allen writes on forging common purpose in the Library of Congress Magazine. Link to Allen’s article


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


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Native American Heritage Month: Celebrating Individuals and Exploring History
  • Motivating Student Research about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 with a WPA Life History
  • Recognizing the Creativity and Humanity of Mathematics
  • Infrastructure and Primary Sources: Posters from the Works Progress Administration
  • New Primary Source Set on Women in Science and Technology
  • Claiming Antarctica





all times in Eastern Time Zone; Online unless noted.

  • November 16, 4:30-6:30pm. Where We Are At: Hong Kong online workshop. National Center on Teaching about Asia. Info on Hong Kong webinar
  • November 16, 7pm - Beyond Civil Rights: Dr. Martin Luther King’s Activism in the 1960s - National Humanities Center. Info on Civil Rights webinar
  • November 23, 5:30-6:30pm - I Believe I'll Go Back Home: Roots and Revival in New England Folk Music - Massachusetts Historical Society. Info on Roots webinar
  • November 30, 5:15-6:30pm - The Reinvention of Tradition: Conformist Nationalism in the United States, 1923-1931 - Massachusetts Historical Society. Info on Nationalism webinar
  • December 6 - January 22 - Learning for Justice - Unpacking the Social Justice Standards. Info on Social Justice Standards webinars
  • December 7 + January 13 + February 8 - Worlds of Southeast Asia and Oceania - 3-Part Series - Primary Source. Info on World History series
  • January 14-16 - NASA and the Space Race - National Council of History Education - In person, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL - $500 stipend + 1-year NCHE membership. Info on NASA workshop
  • January 15 - SOURCES free conference - ON SITE at University of Central Florida, Orlando. Info on SOURCES
  • January 18 & February 15 - Learning for Justice - Let’s Talk: creating supportive learning environments that encourage risk-taking. Info on Let’s Talk webinars
  • January 19, 5-6:30pm - Learning for Justice - Speak Up at School: strategies to interrupt bias. Info on the Speak Up webinar
  • January 19 & 26 + February 2, 9, & 16 - 6:30-8:30pm - Intro to Ancient East Asia - Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Link to info on East Asia seminars
  • January 25, 7pm - Forty Acres in the Twenty-First Century: Black Reparations Today - National Humanities Center. Info on Reparations webinar
  • February 12-17 - Learning for Justice - Teaching Hard History. Info on Hard History webinars
  • March 9, 16. 23, & 30 + April 6 - 6:30-8:30pm - Intro to Modern East Asia - Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Link to info on East Asia seminars
  • March 12 - in-person or online - “Pursuing Wellness: Medicine and Healing in New England” - Historic Deerfield Massachusetts. Contact Barbara Mathews about proposing to present at the symposium:  
  • March 17-20, 2022 National Council for History Education Conference. Info on the NCHE conference





New Mini-Units Will Integrate Disability History across K-12 Curriculum

By Rich Cairn

Emerging America is pleased to announce a new project to create and disseminate the nation’s first complete K-12 Disability History Curriculum. Thanks to a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grant, the new curriculum, From Reform to Equal Rights, will be available free online by Summer 2022. 

Seeking teachers to pilot mini-units in winter-spring 2022. 

Link to the blog post for details. History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. 

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Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.


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.