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History eNews from Emerging America - November 4, 2019

Published on Mon, 11/04/2019

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 6, Issue 36 for November 6, 2019




Blog Post: Civic Engagement Opportunities Update (summary below)

Students lead Massachusetts at the Civic Education Institute.


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

  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources - Instructors Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes. Meets state PD requirement, with attention to teachers of History and Social Science and the Humanities. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • November 6 & 13 - South Hadley, Massachusetts
    • February 4 to March 16 - Fully ONLINE
  • 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 
  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources - Instructor: Rich Cairn. 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 




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  • Primary Source Set Connections: Child Labor Across Primary Source Sets and the Library’s Collections
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  • November 8 or December 10 - 8:30am-3:30pm - Facing History and Ourselves: Preparing Students for Civic Life: Facing History’s Approach to Civic Education (Bridgewater State University) - Information and Registration 
  • November 9 - 4:30pm - Historic Northampton: A Public Talk - Marching on Main Street: Lesbian/Gay Liberation in 1982 to LGBTQ Rights Today - Information and Registration 
  • November 12 - 9am-3pm - George Washington’s Mount Vernon: The Paul Revere House: George Washington and Paul Revere: Citizenship in Action - Information and Registration 
  • November 15 - 9am-4pm - George Washington’s Mount Vernon: The American Antiquarian Society: Citizenship in the New Republic - Information and Registration 
  • December 3 - 7-8pm - Five College Center for East Asian Studies: Reconsidering the Japanese Constitution(webinar) - Information and Registration 
  • December 9 - 5-6pm - Facing History and Ourselves: The Education of an Idealist: A Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power - Registration and Information 
  • December 10 - 7-8pm - Five College Center for East Asian Studies: Nagasaki - Life After Nuclear War, with author Susan Southard(webinar) - Information and Registration 
  • January 14-15 - 8:30am-3:30pm - Facing History and Ourselves: Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior - Information and Registration 
  • Five College Center for East Asian Studies - Seminar: Human and Physical Geography of East Asia - A View of the Past and Contemporary Issues - Information 
    • January 4, 11, 25 and February 1, 7
  • Lexington High School 
  • Street Law - Supreme Court Summer Institute (Washington, D.C.) - Information and Application 
    • June 18-23
    • June 25-30 




Blog Post: Civic Engagement Update: Opportunities for ALL Learners

In 2020-2021, school districts across Massachusetts will fully implement student-led civic engagement projects in every 8th grade and high school. Teaching the “knowledge, skills, and dispositions” of civic life requires new skills as well as new curriculum and new school structures. 


Many districts have opted to join the networks of Generation Citizen, or Project Citizen of the Center for Civic Education (best known for its We the People curriculum). Many local organizations are also stepping up. Emerging America will offer face-to-face professional development in Northampton in January-February, led by Rich Cairn, long-time national leader in the field. Regardless of the vehicle, all teachers and districts will need to learn the “Six Stages of Civics Projects,” adopted by DESE in its new Civic Project Guidebook. Projects must not only be student-led, they must also include development of civics knowledge and skills, exploration of real community needs and assets, and analysis of systemic problems. Building on our work with the Accessing Inquiry project, Emerging America expects also to again take the lead in building understanding and resources to mobilize ALL learners in civic engagement. 


Read the rest of the blog post for the latest resources from DESE and many other partners, including through the new civic engagement resources website… 


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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.