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Date: Jan 30 2020

The 2020 Census launched in frozen Alaska this month. The occasion offers many ways to engage student interest and historical thinking. 

Article I of the U.S. Constitution ordered a census every ten years, principally to establish the number of U.S. Congressional Representatives (and so the electoral college vote) for each state. From the start, this process incorporated deep…

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Date: Jan 29 2020
EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 7, Issue 3 for January 29, 2020


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Date: Jan 15 2020
EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 7, Issue 2 for January 15, 2020


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Date: Jan 8 2020
EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 7, Issue 1 for January 8, 2020  NEWS NEW! Accessing Inquiry workshop sessions open for registration! More dates below.  Jan. 28 & April 9 - Sharon - teaching Students with Disabilities March 27 & April 15 - Hudson - teaching English Learners July 6-31 - ONLINE - teaching Students with Disabilities NEW WORKSHOP!
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Date: Jan 5 2020

We are preparing to teach an upcoming section of our course, Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources, and reflecting on what specialists in English language acquisition tell us about making history and social studies accessible. 

There are excellent strategies to increase access for dual language learners (and all students, really) through being intentional about…

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Date: Dec 18 2019
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Date: Dec 16 2019

In 2010, when Emerging America first focused on teaching strategies using primary sources to engage and support English Learners, we built the course content around immigration history, expanding the investigation to include the history of American communities that speak languages other than English. A key part of making curriculum accessible to all learners is teaching topics, concepts, and sk…

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Date: Dec 13 2019
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Date: Dec 3 2019
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Date: Dec 2 2019
State Standards

There is growing awareness among state policy makers that teaching Disability History is past due. California’s 2011 Fair Education Act included people with disabilities among groups whose history must be taught. Other states followed. In 2018, new Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework integrated several pivotal developments in disability history, from Dorothea Dix…