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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.

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

Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners, including extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts–including…

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

Teachers in an Accessing Inquiry course practice use of a complex text set to engage and support diverse learners. Mars Hill University, North Carolina. March, 2019.  

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