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History eNews from Emerging America - September 21, 2023

Published on Thu, 09/21/2023

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 10, Issue 7 for September 21, 2023

In this Issue


Disability Pride: Celebrating A Natural and Beautiful Part of Human Diversity

Guest blog post by Stephanie Polito.

Register for Empowering Students with Disability History: A Workshop for Special Education Professionals - October 18.

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Image description: Stephanie Polito holds a sign for Disability Pride Month. Activist Judy Heumann's quote and photo.. And the multicolored Disability Pride flag, which is explained in the blog post. 

Emerging America Course & Workshop Info & Registration.

Includes syllabi for Emerging America courses. Contact or

Graduate Courses - Online

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

Scholarships for Winter Courses - Registration fees of $50 and $100

  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources - Northampton, MA (in person)



Presentations and Recordings from Emerging America

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

  • Empowering Students with Disability History: A Workshop for Special Education Professionals
    • October 18, 2023 4:00-05:00pm (Eastern Time) 
    • Rich Cairn, Emerging America and Ross Newton, HEC Academy 
    • This FREE workshop will support increased attention to disability across the K-12 academic curriculum, by providing basic historical knowledge, free curriculum materials, and strategies for collaboration with elementary teachers and Social Studies and English Language Arts teachers across grades.
    • Register here
  • Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the Social Studies 
    • October 19, 7-8pm Eastern Time - National Council for the Social Studies professional development webinar. Register for NCSS webinar

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  • Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Conference
    • October 22-23 - Hyannis. MCSS and the Library of Congress: English Learner Collaborations (20 minute poster presentation, both days). Register for MCSS conference
  • New Jersey Council for the Social Studies Conference
    • October 23 - New Brunswick. Strategies and Tools to Integrate Disability into History, Civics, Government, and Human Rights. Register for NJCSS conference
  • National Council for the Social Studies Conference - Nashville 
    • December 1-3, 2023.
    • Info on Emerging America presentations at the 2023 NCSS Conference
    • Rich Cairn, Emerging America, will present on the Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum
    • Alison Noyes, English Learner Collaborations, will present on What ESL Teachers Wish You Knew
    • Watch for other highlights on inclusion as they develop. 



    News from the Library of Congress

    What's New?

    TPS Teachers Network

    Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this FREE network. (log in to see Discussions; no log-in needed for Albums):


    Library of Congress Teacher Blog

    • Announcing the 2023 Literacy Awards Winners and Honorees
    • Welcome Back to Teaching with the Library!
    • “Unleashing the Power of Local History: Inspiring Student Engagement with Library of Congress Primary Sources”
    • Archival Footage for Student Documentaries
    • What’s new online at the Library of Congress – July 2023
    • Expanding the Definition of Science Notebooks with Sagan, Bell, and Wright
    • “Heaps of Fun”: Games, Rhymes, and Riddles in the Library’s Collections
    • Launching Units with Primary Source Phenomena: Micro-Scale Fade Testing
    • Teaching Scientific Literacy: The Case of the Imaginary Pianos


    Disability History Resources & Updates

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    Other Events

    Online unless noted. “Hybrid” events are both virtual and in-person.


    Other Resources


    New Blog Post:  Disability History Is Essential History - 2023 Report on the Teaching of Disability History

    By Rich Cairn, Emerging America

    At the end of the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years, Emerging America widely promoted an online survey of teachers to discover how much they teach disability history. Though the response has been small, the results offer intriguing insights.

    The most important finding is that, even among this self-selected group–most were enrolled in disability history courses–50% in the first year and 30% in the second year reported that they never directly taught disability history. An additional 36% in the first year and 44% in the second year said that they had taught the topic only 1-3 times that year.

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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.