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Recent Presentations

Re-examining Dorothea Dix and 19th-Century Disability Reform

  • Massachusetts Historical Society; Online Virtual Workshop 
  • Saturday, October 23rd, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM 


National Council for the Social Studies Conference - November 15-21 - Info on NCSS Conference

  • Inclusion, Equity, and Access - November 21, 11:30-12:15 Eastern. TPS Consortium Panel. 
  • Creating History’s Mysteries: Engaging Young Learners in Inquiry-Driven Social Studies - November 21, 2:30-3:15 pm Eastern. Info re History’s Mysteries workshop. 
  • Growing Citizens: Differentiating Civics Education for All Learners - Emerging America & Engaging Congress - November 21, 2:30-3:15 pm Eastern. Info re Citizens workshop. 


Meaningfully Engaging Students with Disabilities

Plan and implement civics projects that are meaningful and accessible. Sponsored by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 


Recordings & Materials from Past Presentations 

Teaching Disability History: From Reform to Equal Rights


Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (1 hr) Panel discussion for the Festival Near You programming of the Library of Congress National Book Festival.Sponsored by Emerging America and the Immigrant Learning Center. Over 200 attended live, and over 500 registered to receive the session recording. Link to the Webinar Recording.  

Launching from the examination of immigration in the memoir of NPR veteran journalist Maria Hinojosa, Once I Was You, this webinar addressed

  • The experiences of people telling immigrant stories in multiple mediums, including refugees and long-time citizens of the united states
  • Strategies for both the U.S.-born and foreign-born to change the conversation

LINK to resources on primary sources and events connected to immigration history and stories


Inquiry as a Primary Mode of Learning 

  • Webinar for AP Teachers on the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap. Emerging America's Rich Cairn joined the panel to speak about Disability History and access strategies. 
    Link to the AP webinar recording. (54 minutes). 


Inclusion for Civic Learning - Spring 2021 Webinar Series

• Strategies to Engage All Students in Asking Their Own Questions


Thinkport Inquiry Kits – Teaching Tools from Maryland Humanities and Maryland Public Television

  • May 4, 2021 -  Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities - 190 Thinkport kits examine social studies/history themes for use in classroom activities, or as starter kits for History Day projects! Lia showcases Thinkport kits on Disability History and Immigration History. Visit the Thinkport site: 


Inclusion in Civics and History - Easterseals #TeachDisabilityHistory Campaign 


Other Recordings from 2021

Learning Disabilities Association of America Panel Discussion - Creating an Inclusive Civic and History Education for All 

  • March 25, 2021 - Learn about Educating for American Democracy (EAD), the changes it represents for all learners, the ways it can be leveraged to develop student self-advocacy and self-determination, and how you can join this ground-breaking effort. Moderated by Learning Disabilities Association of America President, Cindy Cipoletti. With Ace Parsi - EAD and former Director of Innovation at the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Kim Eckert - 2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, and Rich Cairn - Director of Emerging America.


Rethinking Immigration History for ALL Learners

  • February 24, 2021 - Keynote presentation as part of Teacher Librarian Day (TLD). In 2021, the TLD ran from February 22 to 26 with the theme of New Directions. Sponsored by Metropolitan State University of Denver and Western Region TPS. 



June 3, 2020 - Library of Congress TPS Summer Series - Reflecting on Using Primary Sources to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners: 

  • December 2, 2020 - WGBH webinar: Teach Diverse Stories with Primary Sources and ArtifactsRecording. (60 minutes). 
  • September 23-24, 2020 - Massachusetts Civic Literacy Coalition (MCLC): Engage Students with Disabilities in Inquiry and Civic Action. Materials included available through the MCLC site for the 2020 Civic Literacy Conference: 


Contact Rich Cairn to schedule Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district, state, or region in 2021-2022. 


Upcoming Workshops

Fully online. Five modules delving into the techniques that makes History's Mysteries students' favorite part of the school day.   "It was so fun to see each…
What is fascism? Where did it come from? How does it impact human rights? What is anti-fascism and how did it arise? How did ideology shape the Spanish Civil Wa…
This online course will harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. L…