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Make Your Civic Engagement Inclusive

How will your school district ensure that students with disabilities can fully and meaningfully participate in student-led civic engagement projects at 8th grade and high school as required by Massachusetts law? (Includes students receiving support through Special Education and 504 plans and other diverse learners.) Design civic engagement projects and civics education that are fully inclusive, especially of students with disabilities and English Learners. Build on the 2020 Massachusetts Civics Project Guidebook, 2021 Educating for American Democracy Disability History and Civics Extension, and new materials from Emerging America. Complete district readiness assessment prior to workshop. Register for Make Your Civic Engagement Inclusive

Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources

This course introduces exemplars of best practice pedagogy for English Learners in History and Social Studies classrooms. It demonstrates dual-language-learner-friendly approaches to primary and secondary sources using examples from the history of immigration and of foreign language communities in the U.S. More details about the Accessing Inquiry for English Learners course.

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources

Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners, including extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts--including complex primary sources, and a need for background knowledge. Social Studies' authentic sources, important ideas and connections to real-world issues also offer tools for differentiation and potent means to motivate students. More details about the Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities course

America and World Fascism

During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), like nowhere in history, ideologies–Liberalism, Socialism, Republicanism, Nazism, Communism, and Anarchism–clashed in day-to-day life as well as on the battlefield. Three years before World War II, 2,800 idealistic Americans fought in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (ALB) besides Spain's government against General Franco's fascist rebels. More details about the online course

Learn about history from the WWII-era to the US and world political movements of today.

Black Communities and Agency: Fighting Jim Crow and Institutional Racism (1877-1940)

How can teachers engage their students with study of civic life, agency and community? By studying the history of post-Reconstruction American institutions and the struggles for Black equality and justice—even the simple right to live one’s life. Learn and develop effective strategies to work with primary sources relating to the Jim Crow Era, the Great Migration and the shift from rural to urban consciousness for Black Americans. This fully online course will examine Black communities’ resistance–legal, intellectual, educational, social–to Jim Crow and the other forms of oppression during a bleak period in race relations in America. More details about the Black Communities and Agency course. 

Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students

Harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. Immigration has a strong appeal for its power to help students to connect their experiences and communities to the core curriculum and to explore issues of social justice. More details about the course Immigration Issues 

From Reform to Equal Rights: Teaching Disability History in the K-12 Classroom

From the American colonial era to the 21st century, people with disabilities experienced a revolution in status: from objects of religious benevolence, to wards of the state, to civic leaders. Trace this remarkable story of reform and heartbreak, endurance and empowerment. More details about the course, From Reform to Equal Rights

Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum

Massachusetts teachers are working to meet the new requirement that every student have the opportunity to complete civic engagement projects between 8th and 12th grades that engage students in real-world issues in their communities. Civics content including media literacy, and broader literacy and practice standards are part of the MA History and Social Science Standards.  In this workshop, participants will plan an effective student-led civic engagement project for ALL learners.

The Right to Privacy: "The Most Valued and Comprehensive Right"

In the 21st century, it’s hard to say that privacy even exists in our society. Is Alexa listening to our every word? Is the FBI using facial recognition technology? Neither the original body of the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights explicitly refers to a right to privacy. Yet, in 1928, Justice Brandeis deemed privacy the most comprehensive and valued right of civilization. Many Constitutional amendments, like the 3rd, 4th, and 5th, clearly relate to privacy. This course will explore how the constitutional right to privacy developed; how it is applied; and the threats it faces today—from sexual to virtual.

Teaching Grades K-5 Social Studies - History's Mysteries

This course can introduce and engage teachers with high quality instructional strategies in History and the Social Sciences for students in grades K-5. Course can vary, depending on level required. Specific topics can include introduction to the teacher-friendly click-and-play History's Mysteries curriculum (and its uses for in-person and remote instruction), historical thinking, inquiry based teaching, and using and developing compelling historical questions to engage elementary-level students. Register for current workshops

Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century

How well has the U.S. Constitution protected the individual rights of all Americans? Who has been left out and why? How has Constitutional protection evolved? In this fully online training, participants will: Investigate questions of justice and equality from the origins of the constitution to the present; Work in groups to investigate a wealth of primary sources - featuring images, maps, oral histories, and documents from the Library of Congress - to develop powerful inquiry-based lessons to bring this crucial document to life; and draft, teach, and reflect with fellow teachers on what works and how to strengthen the lesson. 


Upcoming Workshops

Course runs Nov-Dec 2021, and introduces exemplars of best practice pedagogy for English Learners in History and Social Studies classrooms. It demonstrates dual…
Join us November 3 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm for an Introduction to Elementary Inquiry using History’s Mysteries. Register Here The Introduction webinar will also b…
This online course will harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. L…