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HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 2, Issue 1 for JANUARY 20, 2015

Published on Tue, 01/20/2015

DDM Survey - South Shore Social Studies Supervisors (5S) is taking a brief online survey on implementation of District Determined Measures (DDMs). Please participate! Don’t forget the PLC for Social Studies Department Chairs, TODAY (Tuesday) 3:30-5:00pm. Karen White from Mass DESE will Skype in at 4:00 to answer questions about DDMs, PARCC, Model Curriculum Units, and other topics.


  • March 21 & 28 (2-day workshop; 03/21 - 9:00am-3:00pm & 03/28 - 9:00am-1:00pm) - Landscape of Revolution - Boston Public Library Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program of the Collaborative for Educational Services. Optional 1 grad credit. Register:


  • March 14 - Newton High School - First to Fight: American Volunteers Against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) - Propaganda posters and letters from the Library of Congress and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. Peter Carroll, Stanford University, & Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College.
  • June 29 to July 2 (with half-day follow-up in October) - America Comes of Age: Exploring Reform in the Early 20th Century (1900-1940) - Library of Congress TPS Program at CES. Eric Arnesen, Professor, George Washington University. Kelley Brown and Laurie Risler, teacher-leaders.
  • July 24 - Disabilty History - Graham Warder, Keene State University & Laurie Block, Disability History Museum. Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown.
  • Teaching Primary Sources with Diverse Learners: Blending History & Common Core Instruction. (aka: Creating High Quality Learning Environments.) Audrey Morse:
    • July 22-23, Northampton – co-led by teacher, Laurie Risler
    • July 28-29 or 29-30, Boston Area co-led by teacher, Adam Ingano


  • Free Webinars. Sign up and recordings. All 4:00pm EST.
    • January 15 - Primary Sources & Science - Recording is up!
    • Library of Congress and Teaching Tolerance - Civil Rights Act (CRA)
      • January 22 – Civil Rights and Analyzing Images
      • February 19 – Building Literacy Skills and Teaching about the Civil Rights Movement with Primary Sources
      • March 19 – Identifying Bias & Perspective when Teaching about CRA of 1964
      • April 16 – Selecting Primary Sources to Examine the CRA of 1964


  • “Supporting History Claims” - Activity from middle School teacher, Aaron Block
  • Lissa Bollettino, Framingham State, blog post on professional development, lessons learned from a TAH program.
  • Historic Deerfield
  • Massachusetts Historical Society: Many workshops on John and Abigail Adams (January 24 and 31), John Quincy Adams (January 29; February 5), the American Revolution (April 9-11). Registration and info.
  • Free We the People eBook curriculum at two-hour workshop. Sponsored by the Center for Civics Education and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. January 28 and March 4. Braintree. Email Gorman Lee to register:
  • Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Adams. Feb. 15 3:00pm. 195th Birthday celebration. Contact
  • Ever been interested in Re-enacting? New England Re-enactors Faire 2015 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, February 21st 2015 10 a.m. - 3 P.M. $5 admission.
  • Dodd Research Center - University of Connecticut. Upstander Academy on Using Genocide and Human Rights Education to Help Transform School Culture - July 20-24. Applications due Feb. 15.
  • Teaching Tolerance new film: Selma! Free order.
  • New York Historical Society - workshops for teachers
  • Measure of America - digital maps, charts, etc.

UMass Amherst Department of History

Dear Massachusetts Social Studies Teachers: I write to share information about two evening and online graduate classes that the UMass Amherst History Department is offering this upcoming spring session (January 20-May 7, 2015). We are offering "History 691: Indigenous Peoples in North America to 1850" with Professor Alice Nash on Monday evenings from 4:00-6:30pm, and "History 697: History of Health Care and Medicine in the United States" with Professor Elizabeth Sharpe online. As graduate-level history courses, these classes count toward the Massachusetts professional license in social studies and for 90 PDPs. See below for full course descriptions. I also write to share good news about a recent policy change regarding the tuition waivers granted to K-12 teachers who supervise student teachers from the UMass Amherst School of Education. Your waivers are now redeemable for up to 4 graduate credits, rather than 3. This applies to waivers awarded in previous terms. Unfortunately, these waivers cannot be applied to online courses (i.e. the History of Medicine course), they will cover the cost of tuition and fees for the 4-credit seminar on Native American history. Please don't hesitate to be in touch with questions. Jessica Johnson UMass Amherst History Outreach Director

  • UMass Amherst History Courses (Fees apply. Tuition wavers for supervisors of UMass student teachers apply to Indigenous Peoples course.)
    • Mondays - 4:00pm - Indigenous Peoples in North America to 1850 - Alice Nash - Registration Info.
    • Online - History of Health Care and Medicine in the U.S. - Betty Sharpe - Register

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.