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History eNews from Emerging America - October 21, 2019

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Published on Mon, 10/21/2019

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 6, Issue 34 for October 23, 2019



  • Emerging America launches new Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse. (Blog post details new features. See below.)  
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Special Session -
    • October 25 - 3pm - Holiday Inn, Marlborough, Massachusetts - Registration 
    • Updates on curriculum implementation, provide an overview of the Civics Project Guidebook, and an HSS Assessment update with a Q&A segment.
  • Mt. Vernon is coming to Massachusetts! (See EVENTS below.)
  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum: Profile in Courage Award - Teachers and Students may nominate leaders - Information 
  • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - National History Teacher of the Year Nominations open for 2020
  • Tufts University launched the Massachusetts K-12 Civics and Social Studies Resources website this week! Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition, the new site builds on and replaces Emerging America's 2018 Civic Education site in coordination with the 2018 Civic Education Institute.  


Accessing Inquiry Clearinghouse (and More!) Launches on Site (See below.) 

Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources is offered in Western Massachusetts face-to-face for the first time since 2017 - Nov. 6 & 13. Enroll by October 30. Register.


This week’s blog post gives an update to the exciting new content and features of the site. 


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.




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 




Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Primary Sources in Science Classrooms: Asking Science and Social Studies Questions about “Radium Girls”
  • Understanding Tectonic Plates with Primary Sources
  • Teaching Civic Ideals Using Primary Sources: School Desegregation, Judicial Power, and Federalism
  • Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, and a Wind Gauge



  • October 26 (October 27 Rain Date) - 12-4pm - Pioneer Valley History Network: Reading the Forested Landscape of Pelham (Pelham Library Ramsdell Room) - For more information contact Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606
  • October 28 - 6-7:30pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum: First: Sandra Day O’Connor - Information and Registration 
  • November 3 - 2-3pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum: Bending Towards Justice - Information and Registration 
  • November 5 - 6-7:30pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum: A Conversation with Barbara Lee - Information and Registration 
  • November 7 - 7:30pm - UMass Fine Arts Center: Jen Shyu: Nine Doors (Bowker Auditorium) - Information and Tickets 
  • 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 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 
  • November 25 - 6-7:30pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum: Great Lives Worth Reliving with Mo Rocca - Information and Registration 
  • November 30 - 7-9pm - Facing History and Ourselves and Temple Israel: Dawnland Film Screening and Discussion - Information and Registration 
  • December 3 - 6-7:30pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum: A Conversation with Stacey Abrams - Information and Registration 
  • December 10 - 6-7:30pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum: The Constitution: Changes and Challenges in US History - Information and Registration 
  • December 10 - 7pm - Five College Center for East Asian Studies: Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, with author Susan Southard - Information and Registration 
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL) - Civics Curriculum Pilot - Spring 2020 Semester
  • March 20 and 21 - True Colors Annual Conference - Information 
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon Spring Residential Program - March 26-29, 2020 - Information and Application 





Blog Post: Accessing Inquiry Clearinghouse (and More!) Launches on Site 


New resources and features support powerful teaching of diverse learners on Key features got major rebuilds, including Radical Equality and Windows on History: 

  • Accessing Inquiry–new clearinghouse–offers the nation’s most extensive guide and reference focused on teaching History and Social Science for diverse learners. Find powerful teaching tools! 
  • Teaching Resources expands and grows our searchable database of accessible lesson plans, primary source sets, and Teaching Strategies for accessibility. Find accessible primary sources and lessons! 
  • Online Exhibits of local stories with national significance: Radical Equality - 1840s Utopian Abolitionist Community; Steamboat Bartnet - Industrial Revolution; Forge of Innovation - The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry. Find compelling stories with a Massachusetts connection! 
  • Professional Development links to catalog of exciting face-to-face and online courses. Find great workshops and grad courses! 
  • Blog and History eNews disseminates teaching resources, lessons, and policy information on History and Social Science education, including a decade of archives. Scroll to the bottom of the Home Page to click through to the most current blog posts and to the most recent eNews. (To find that notable upcoming event or award!) Stay up to date in History and Social Science! 


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Karen Albano

History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.