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History eNews from Emerging America - November 18, 2020

Published on Wed, 11/18/2020

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 7, Issue 31 for November 18, 2020



  • New from Mass Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Ed (DESE) History & Social Science resource page
    • The page has a new Civics Project Guidebook 2.0, including for Remote Learning and Civics Projects. Download as Word or as PDF
    • 2020-2021 HSS Implementation Update with expectations about student-led civics projects this year + FAQ.
    • DESE is offering a Statewide Affinity Network for educators of color. Register
  • New units and other exciting developments for History’s Mysteries. See below. 
  • The Massachusetts State Senate included $1.5 (m) in funding for the Civics Trust Fund but the House did not.  Conference committee will meet soon. 
  • “2020 May Have Finally Captured the Elusive Youth Vote” - Business Insider (Thanks to CitizenU for heads-up!) 
  • Share your stories of student civics projects. Mass Civic Literacy Coalition.  Student-Led Civics Projects - Use this Google form. Contact Mikayla with questions. 
  • Next issue of the History eNews is December 2. Submit events & resources to by November 29.


Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms
Free K-5 Curriculum


"It was so fun to see each of my students have their 'aha moments' as we dug further into the mystery."

- 5th Grade Teacher

History’s Mysteries was developed by veteran teachers, Kelley Brown and Laurie Risler. Teach it in-person or virtually.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.




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


Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. 

  • Teaching the History's Mysteries K-5 Curriculum 
    • Earn 10 PDPs by completing the workshop and submitting reflective input after you teach the curriculum. Led by program creators, Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown. Info about History’s Mysteries: Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms. 
    • Dec. 14, 7-8:15pm. Info & Registration. Other sections offered Feb 10 and April 14.
  • America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond - Instructor: Rich Cairn. Scholars Peter Carroll and Sebastiaan Faber. PDPs or 1 graduate credit. Register.
    • January 22 through March 1, 2021 - ONLINE
  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources - Instructors: Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets state PD requirement, with attention to teachers of History and Social Science and the Humanities. PDPs or 1 graduate credit. Register.
    • February 19 through April 2, 2021 – ONLINE
  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources - Instructors: Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets state PD requirement and teaches techniques and topics specific to English learners. PDPs or 1 graduate credit. Register.
    • April 9 through May 21, 2021 – ONLINE
  • More registrations open soon! 

    • The Right to Privacy: "The Most Valued and Comprehensive Right" taught by Kelley Brown, May/June

Contact Rich Cairn about scheduling Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district or region for 2020-2021.


TPS Teachers Network - Teachers interested in working with primary sources are welcome to join this FREE network. NO LOGIN REQUIRED for Albums!

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

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  • Native American Boarding Schools: An Updated Primary Source Set
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  • Jason Reynolds: Grab the Mic November Newsletter



(Online unless otherwise noted.) 

  • Nov. 18 - 4pm Eastern Time (ET) History from Below: Extractivism, Geology, and Power - UMass Amherst Department of History Feinberg Lecture Series - Info & Registration.
  • Nov. 18 - 4pm - ET - The Newton Brothers: Building Industrial Holyoke: 1862-1899. Holyoke Public Library. Info & Registration
  • Nov. 18 - 4-5pm ET - Black in Blue: The Story of D.C.’s Black Civil War Regiment - Ford’s Theater - Info & Registration
  • Nov. 18-20 weeklong symposium - Black Inventors and Innovators: New Perspectives - Lemelson Center, Smithsonian - Info & Registration
  • Nov. 19 - 2pm ET - Pioneers: The First Jews in America - Museum of Jewish Heritage - Info & Registration
  • Nov. 19 - 7pm ET - Threats to our Democracy in Historical Context - Mass Humanities - Info & Registration
  • Nov. 23 - 5:30pm ET - A Treasury of Massachusetts House Museums and Local History Orgs: Part III: Hidden Gems - Massachusetts Historical Society - Info & Registration
  • Dec. 2, 8pm ET - Before COVID: Illness in Everyday Life in Early New England - American Antiquarian Society - Info & Registration
  • Dec. 6 - 4pm ET - Let’s Talk about Our Democracy- Mass Humanities - Info & Registration
  • Dec. 10 - 7:30pm ET - The Promise of Civic Renewal to Revive our Democracy - Mass Humanities - Info & Registration
  • Dec. 10, 7:30pm ET - "Supporting Students' Analysis and Argument Writing with Sources Through Discussion" - Dr Chauncey Monte-Sano and Logan Eiland, Univ. of Michigan - Read.Inquire.Write. Register
  • Dec. 17, 7pm ET - "Eyewitness to History" An Evening with Pete Souza, White House Photographer for President Obama Register
  • April 8-11 - Annual Conference - National Council for History Education - Info & Registration




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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.