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Social Media at Vital New Tool

Published on Wed, 03/07/2012

Three soldiers take a long paper feed from a wireless machine
Three soldiers take a long paper feed from a wireless machine

Emerging America embraces social media as a means to fulfill our mission to provide high-quality professional development to K-12 teachers on History, primary sources, and the Common Core State Standards. Quality professional development is more than just attending workshops and seminars. It requires a sustained process of learning and developing ideas about how our work impacts students. Social media offers a space where this kind of development can continue long after the workshops are over.

Through Facebook, Twitter, and regular updates to our blog, we will:

  • Feature stories of local and national historical importance.
  • Identify engaging primary sources.
  • Share information about new and upcoming programs at Emerging America.
  • Let you know where Rich and Suzanne are, and what they are up to.
  • Explore the new Common Core State Standards and ways you can implement them in your classroom.
  • Welcome expert teachers and scholars to join in the discussion.

Social media is a way to connect with you where you are.

  • “Like” our Facebook page to receive notices about upcoming workshops, programs and deadlines right in your News Feed.
  • Follow us on Twitter to hear the latest news about what’s going on in the world of history education -- events, resources, publications and grants -- and receive updates from Emerging America programs.
  • Read our blog, which features what’s hot in the world of history education. You can subscribe to it by RSS feed or use a feed reader to have the latest posts sent directly to you.

Social media can’t be only us speaking from our world. We all want to hear from you

  • What’s is exciting–or challenging–in your classroom?
  • What inspires you?
  • What can you–should you–share with colleagues?
  • What do you want to know more about?

So come and read our blog, “like” our Facebook Page, and follow us on Twitter. Most of all, please join the discussion!

Rich Cairn, Director, Emerging America Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse, Assistant Director, Emerging America


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.