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Accessing Inquiry: Strategies for Success

Supporting Good Teaching of ALL Learners

On the pages of Accessing Inquiry, find model accessible lessons, including many that feature Disability History or Immigrant History. Explore the overarching framework of Universal Design for Learning. Access classroom strategies and a wealth of tools and activities to make instruction accessible for all learners. Learn about our exciting courses, offered in-person and online. And tap the resources of the Library of Congress, Disability History Museum, and our many other partners. Learn about Accessing Inquiry graduate courses and workshops

Universal Design
Universal Design

Employ multiple means of engagement, representation, and expression to heighten classroom learning using the Universal Design framework.

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Disability History through Primary Sources

Empower students through the history of people with disabilities.

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Immigrant History through Primary Sources

Find and develop curriculum that engages all learners with model lessons, primary source sets, and essential publications, featuring resources of the Library of Congress

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Know & Support Students

Increase access to academic content and elevate student voice through assistive technology and supportive teaching and learning strategies.

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Inquiry Strategies

Use multiple strategies and tools to strengthen student capacity to ask and investigate critical questions.

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Engagement Strategies

Energize all student to learn History and Social Science concepts, knowledge, and skills using a range of adaptable activities and tools.

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Assessment Strategies

Explore strategies and tools to measure learning throughout lessons. Differentiate instruction and assessment to meet the needs of all students.

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Accessing Inquiry Workshops & Courses
Learn about and register for workshops and grad courses on inclusion, specifically designed for history, civics, and social studies. 
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Inclusive Civics Education
Resources support participation and leadership of students with disabilities in civics education, including focused guidance and curriculum for inclusive civic engagement projects.
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Framework for Inclusion
Consider a comprehensive Framework for Inclusion and find resources to support it.  

Upcoming Workshops

July 15 - 8:30am - 3pm - Collaborative for Educational Services, 97 Hawley Street, Northampton, Massachusetts. Register. This workshop is full. Email events@co…
Join DESE Civics Pathways Professional Learning The DESE Civics Pathways are an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Educat…
Network with thousands of dynamic educators from across the country for the 104th annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, including th…