Meaningfully Engaging Students with Disabilities
Plan and implement civics projects that are meaningful and accessible. Sponsored by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- December 1, 3-4 pm
- Rich Cairn, Emerging America; iCivics; and experienced teachers.
- Register for Engaging Students with Disabilities webinar.
Recordings & Materials from Past Presentations
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. 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
- May 13, 2021 - Sarah Westbrook, Director of Professional Learning at the Right Question Institute engages webinar participants in the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and demonstrates strategies and tools for using the QFT with diverse groups of learners, including students with disabilities and English Learners. Learn from veteran teachers as they share experiences and tips for using the QFT to deepen inclusion.
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: https://thinkport.org/tps/
- Webinar recording and transcript.
Inclusion in Civics and History - Easterseals #TeachDisabilityHistory Campaign
- April 28, 2021 - Young adults from Easterseals Massachusetts, a middle school teacher, and Emerging America staff presented approaches to engaging students with disabilities in civic education and civic engagement projects. Part of Mass Civics for All - Civic Learning Week 2021.
- Desi Forte, Easterseals Massachusetts coordinator young adult support for #TeachDisabilityHistory student campaign
- Young adults from Easterseals support group for #TeachDisabilityHistory
- Jennifer Groskin, Teacher, Newburyport Middle School
- Rich Cairn, Director of Emerging America
- Alison Noyes, Assistant Director of Emerging America
- Presentation Materials:
- Watch #TeachDisabilityHistory video here.
- View #TeachDisabilityHistory presentation–in postcard format.
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.
- Read the EAD Roadmap Disability History and Civics Extension.
- Recording. (60 minutes).
- Give input on Disability History and Civics in the EAD and join the effort. Take a quick survey.
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: https://www.loc.gov/programs/teachers/professional-development/webinar/
- December 2, 2020 - WGBH webinar: Teach Diverse Stories with Primary Sources and Artifacts. Recording. (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: https://www.macivicsforall.org/clcstudentled
Contact Rich Cairn email@example.com to schedule Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district, state, or region in 2021-2022.