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Upcoming Presentations

Engaging the Long Arc of the Civil Rights Movement - July 7-8, 2022 - Atlanta - Information on the Civil Rights Movement conference

  • Includes workshop: Race, Disability, and the Movement for Disability Rights: Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources - Rich Cairn, Emerging America - July 8, 2022 - Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta.  

 

Smithsonian National Education Summit - July 27-28, 2022 - Information on the FREE Smithsonian summit.

 

National Council for the Social Studies Conference - December 2-4, 2022 - Philadelphia - Info on NCSS Conference

  • "How to Integrate Disability History into the Curriculum: We Can and We Must" - Rich Cairn presentation includes the new Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum - Friday, December 2, 10:05-10:30am - Marriott Franklin 11 (4th floor). 
  • "Social Studies and History Methods That Include –– and Strengthen –– English learners" - Poster Session. Alison Noyes. Saturday, December 3, 11:30am - 12:30pm. Convention Center Reg Bridge West. 
  • Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility Teaching with Primary Sources Group - TBD 

 


Recordings & Materials from Presentations 

Massachusetts and the Experience of Civil War Disability - Graham Warder, Keene State College - June 30, 2022

Link to the recording (1:02:06 minutes)

Made possible in part through an Expanding Massachusetts Stories grant from Mass Humanities. 

 

Interview with Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes from Emerging America - on Tom Bober's The Primary Source Podcast. 

 

History and Civics Accessibility as a Practical Civil Right

 

New Inclusive Strategies & Tools for Civic Engagement by Students with Disabilities - 2022 Massachusetts Civic Learning Week

 

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: https://thinkport.org/tps/ 

 

Inclusion in Civics and History - Easterseals #TeachDisabilityHistory Campaign 

 

 

Other 2021 Recordings

 

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). 

 

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. 

 

2020

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 ArtifactsWGBH recording. (60 minutes). 
  • October 21, 2020 - North East Regional Conference for the Social Studies (NERC): Making History, Civics, & Social Science Accessible to ALL Learners. NERC 2020 recording. (57:02 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 rcairn@collaborative.org to schedule Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district, state, or region in 2021-2022. 

 

Upcoming Workshops


This online course will harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. L…
Fully online. Five days delving into the techniques that makes History's Mysteries students' favorite part of the school day.   "It was so fun to see each of…
July 27-28, 2022 Online and Washington, DC Join Lee Ann Potter, the Director of Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives at the Library of Congress, and…