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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.

Easthampton High School students describe their experiences with primary sources.
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.

Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum

In July of 2018, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a requirement that every student have the opportunity to complete civic engagement project between 8th and 12th grades.…

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…

Latest Blog Posts


Read up on current news and information related to TPS, Industrial History, and more. Click here to view our blog.

Diverse student leaders in matching t-shirts speak to teacher institute.
Rich Cairn
4 Nov 2019