- Library of Congress – Teaching Primary Sources Young Readers Center Internship – Application Deadline Extended – Information
- Teaching Tolerance – Hate at School Report
- National Coalition for History opposes cuts to National Archives and other agencies – Coalition Information and Contact
EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA – Info & Registration.
HISTORY AND CIVICS EDUCATION COURSES
PDPs / Or optional grad credit available from Westfield State University.
Teaching Grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social Studies. Instructor Laurie Risler. Register. Optional 1 grad credit.
- July 8-9 – South Hadley Public Library.
Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century. Instructor Kelley Brown. Scholar: Akhil Amar. Register. Optional 3 grad credits.
- July 1 to Aug. 16 – FULLY ONLINE.
Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Instructors Alison Noyes and Laurie Risler. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour requirement for professional development on strategies to teach students with disabilities and diverse learners. Register. Optional 1 grad credit.
- July 29-30 – South Hadley Public Library.
NEW RESOURCES AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
- TPS Teachers Network – Teachers with experience working with primary sources are welcome to join this network.
- Featured this week – YOU MUST LOGIN FIRST FOR THESE LINKS TO WORK:
- Feature Discussions:
Library of Congress Teacher Blog http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/
- Classic Children’s Books Collection Now Online at the Library of Congress
- May Day…One Phrase with Many Different Meanings
- Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Exploring the Cuban-American Musical Heritage of Emilio and Gloria Estefan–Diversity and Identity in “The Great Melting Pot”
- Primary Sources Through Musical Learning: Exploring the Cuban-American Musical Heritage of Emilio and Gloria Estefan Part 2 — Cultural Memory and Musical Legacies
OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS – Across Massachusetts and the U.S.
- May 16 – inquirED: Practice-Based Professional Learning: A Conversation with Rob Riordan, Co-Founder of High Tech High (Webinar) – Information and Registration
- May 23 – 7:30pm – Primary Source: We Live in Cairo (Cambridge) – Information and Tickets
- May 25-27 – Old Sturbridge Village: Wool Days – Information and Tickets
- June 24 – 8:30am-4pm – Massachusetts History Alliance: 15th Annual MA History Conference: Empowering Our Communities Through History – Information
- June 26-27 – 8:30am-3:30pm – Inquiry Design Model Institute in Burlington with presenter Dr. John Lee – Information and Registration
- July 9-11 – 8:30am-3:30pm – Facing History and Ourselves: Beyond Borders: Facing Identity, Membership, and Belonging Through US Immigration – Information and Registration (fee)
- July 18 and 19 – Mivka Challenge: Loyola University – Information and Registration
- August 6-8 – Facing HIstory and Ourselves: Preparing Students for Civic Life – Information and Registration (fee)
- Holocaust Resources:
- Creative Commons – Though http://LoC.Gov is the go-to source for public domain historical images, the Creative Commons is a go-to place for contemporary images – New search option
- Obamas produce Netflix documentary on 1970s “Crip Camp” and its impact on disability rights movement.
- Apple Podcasts – JFK35
- Citizen U – Newsletter
- Facing History and Ourselves: Brown v. Board of Education Resources
New Blog Post: Teachers Making Lessons Accessible
“I’ve found that if I pick the right primary sources…[I can make the lesson more accessible]. For example, I just gave some students an evacuation poster (after Order 9066 [–forcing Japanese relocation to camps]) that was selected for its minimal text which was heavy on vocabulary they would know or be able to figure out such as dates and places. I gave other students letters to the editor about the Japanese American “evacuation” and internment, and also used political cartoons. When those groups can share what they learned about the effects of Order 9066, they all have valuable information the other groups didn’t have and it contributes to the whole’s understanding” – Wendy
Students who struggle with reading can have a hard time in social studies and history classes. Teachers in Accessing Inquiry through Primary Sources courses have been using a variety of methods to help. Recent comments from teachers (see above and below) highlight ways that, even before taking other steps to make content more accessible to struggling learners, having students examine letters, cartoons, posters, and photos and drawings of events and places can overcome barriers for participation by students. Click here to read full post.
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