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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 information and registration about the course on Immigration issues.

Teaching Disability History: How the Civil War Changed Disability and American Government

Explore the free K-12 Disability History Curriculum, Reform to Equal Rights through a close study of the unit on the impacts of the Civil War on disabled veterans and on disability broadly. The workshop includes a presentation by scholar, Graham Warder, as well as time to consider how to adapt the curriculum. More information about the workshop on Teaching Disability History and Disabled Veterans of the Civil War. 

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

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.

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

Learn more about the free History's Mysteries curriculum. Recently adopted by iCivics. (Sign up for the History eNews for updates.) Choose between introductory workshops and a graduate three-credit institute course to learn about the high quality instructional strategies in History and the Social Sciences for students in grades K-5. Learn about the teacher-friendly click-and-play History's Mysteries curriculum (and its uses for in-person and remote instruction). In the graduate course, learn about historical thinking, inquiry based teaching, and using and developing compelling historical questions to engage elementary-level students. Develop or apply mysteries for your own classroom. Register for current workshops

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

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. (In Summer 2022, this course is replaced by the workshop on the new Reform to Equal Rights curriculum and focused on disabled veterans of the Civil War. The more general graduate course will return in fall, 2022, with a focus on implementing the new curriculum.) More details about the course, From Reform to Equal Rights

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. Learn about history from the WWII-era to the US and world political movements of today. Discuss strategies to teach controversial subjects. More details about the online course

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. 

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

Sign up to pilot the Reform to Equal Rights curriculum  Free orientation for pilots September 28, 4:00-5:00pm Eastern Time. (Sign up for the free orientation w…
National Council for the Social Studies Conference - December 2-4, 2022 - Philadelphia
Fully Online: Course runs January 13 - February 22 , 2023. Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners. Extensive discipline-…