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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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How will your school district ensure that students with disabilities can fully and meaningfully participate in the new student-led civic engagement projects at 8th grade and…

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Fully Online: Course runs July 6 through July 31, 2020. Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners. Extensive discipline-specific…

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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.

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