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History eNews from Emerging America - November 20, 2019

Published on Mon, 11/18/2019

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 6, Issue 37 for November 20, 2019




Mobilizing K-5 Social Studies in 2020–Get Involved! (see below) 



EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.




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

  • Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum - Instructor: Rich Cairn - Develop project plans under 2018 civic engagement legislation and History and Social Science standards. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • January 21 & February 25, Northampton 
  • ONLINE - Accessing Inquiry for English Learners 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.
    • February 4 to March 16 - Fully 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.
    • March 3 & March 24 - CES, Northampton 



  • TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with experience working with primary sources are welcome to join this network
  • TIP: Go into your PROFILE in the TPS Network and set your notifications to the daily digest! 

Other Library of Congress new resources:

  • “L.A. Murals” a new photography exhibition from the Library of Congress, documents murals painted on the streets of Los Angeles, an epicenter of the world’s street art scene
  • Library of Congress Magazine(LCM) is published bimonthly to tell the Library's stories, to showcase its many talented staff, and to share and promote the use of the resources of the world's largest library.
  • 2019 National Book Festival videos: 


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Bicycles, Bloomers, and the Vote: Dress Reform
  • Celebrate National Aviation Month with the Wright Brothers and Primary Sources
  • Thomas Edison: The Birth of Recorded Sound
  • Carrie Chapman Catt and the Leslie Woman Suffrage Commission







Blog Post: Mobilizing K-5 Social Studies in 2020–Get Involved! 


Based on a comparison of responses from Massachusetts educators to 2017 and 2019 surveys, Emerging America Director, Rich Cairn reports improvement in the amount of time designated for social studies in grades K-5. However, a severe lack of good elementary social studies curriculum poses a daunting barrier for most K-5 teachers. Read the rest of the report at the Emerging America Blog


Emerging America invites K-5 teachers (and schools) to pilot new materials in development by teacher-leaders, Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown–titled Histories Mysteries. Let us know your interest by completing the still-open short K-5 Curriculum survey. Pilot begins Feb. 5. Registration will open soon! Watch History eNews for an announcement. 


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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.