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We help teachers deepen inquiry and engagement with history by all students.


Emerging America provides professional development and online resources to nurture critical thinking about the American experience and its global context. We model successful strategies to access and analyze primary sources, investigate vital local stories, and improve student reading and writing about rich texts, images, maps, recordings, multimedia, and more.

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Why We Love Primary Sources

Browse our ever-growing collection of primary source sets, lesson plans, classroom assessments, and more, developed by teachers and edited for quality and consistency.

Upcoming Workshops


Emerging America offers a wide menu of workshops and courses, face-to-face and online professional development opportunities for K-12 educator. View All Workshops or Learn more about our Professional Development here.

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October 27 to December 7 with 3 webinars. Trace the remarkable story of reform and heartbreak, endurance and empowerment as you explore a broad array of primary sources with…

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ONLINE: (PDPs available) Are you looking for K-5 History curriculum that meets content and skill standards, engages students in inquiry, and fits well in your classroom,…

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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 War (the setting…

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Read up on current news and information related to Civics, History and Social Studies, Teaching with Primary Sources, and more. Click here to view our blog.