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.
Explore our ever-growing Resource Library and find primary source sets, lesson plans, classroom assessments, and more. Search by Time Period, Subject, Grade Level, and Topic.
From the Emerging America Blog
Why We Love Primary Sources
Emerging America attends Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Meeting
Rich Cairn, Emerging America Director, Karen Albano, Emerging America Assistant Director, Lee Ann Potter, Director of Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress, and Vivian Awumey, TPS Manager at the Library of Congress
Upcoming Workshops and Training
- Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources
- Teaching Civics, Civic Action, and American Ideals through Early 20th Century Black Struggles for Equality
- Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources
- Social Studies PLC
- Black Community and Agency: Fighting the Color Line (1877-1940)