Emerging America Blog: A voice for quality history education

NEWS

  • Boston Public Library summer fellowships & workshops for teachers. (See below.)
  • MA Supreme Judicial Court seeks members for new educator advisory committee (Bottom of email.)
  • Patty Hogan, Minnechaug HS asked – “My district is reviewing the idea of developing a civics class. Do you know of a district that has either a stand alone civics class or variations of civic classes?” Contact Patty: phogan@hwrsd.org (Copy rcairn@collaborative.org.)
  • Social Studies Education in Crisis – Mass Council for the Social Studies survey: http://goo.gl/forms/UpJ0yFXOE6  And JOIN MCSS today!

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources @ the Collaborative

  • Western Mass. Social Studies Professional Learning Community – April 7, 3:30-5:00pm. Snacks. Civics Education and Civic Engagement is topic. Contact rcairn@collaborative.org for info. All welcome!
  • VIETNAM WAR’S ENDURING GRIP ON AMERICA: After 50 years. Chris Appy, UMass, & oral histories of Vietnam vets & peace activists. Veterans Education Project & UMass History Department, with sponsorship of Five College Peace and World Security Studies.  April 23, 7:00 p.m., the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall, UMass Amherst. FREE.
    • Earn PDPs for this talk if you also complete the July 14, 8:30-4:00 Emerging America workshop on Voices of the Armory. (Watch for details later this week.)

MARK SUMMER CALENDAR – REG. OPEN SOON! ALL FREE – Deadline June 15.

  • America Comes of Age: Exploring Reform in the Early 20th Century (1900-1940) – Eric Arnesen, George Washington Univ. Kelley Brown & Laurie Risler, teacher-leaders. Rich Cairn, Emerging America. June 29 to July 2 (with ½-day in Oct.).
  • African-Americans in Early New England through Primary Sources. Lynne Manring & Rich Cairn. Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.. 8:30am-4:00pm.
  • Veterans, Workers, and Citizens: Disability and American History through Primary Sources – Graham Warder, Keene State Univ. & Laurie Block, Disability History Museum.
    • July 8, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown. 8:30am-4:00pm.
    • July 24, Site TBA, Manchester New Hampshire. 8:30am-4:00pm.
  • History in Motion: Developing Multimedia Primary Sources. Site in Boston area TBA. Rich Cairn. July 13 & 23, 8:30-3:00 + 2-hour follow-up in Fall. $400 stipend. 1 grad credit.
  • Veterans Voices: Oral History, the Springfield Armory, & the Library of Congress. Rob Wilson, Veterans Education Project; Jennifer Zazo, Springfield Armory National Historic Site; Rich Cairn. 8:30am-4:00pm.
  • Teaching Primary Sources with Diverse Learners: Blending History & Common Core Instruction. (aka: Creating High Quality Learning Environments.) Audrey Morse, CES.
    • July 22-23, Northampton – co-led by teacher, Laurie Risler
    • July 28-29 or 29-30, Boston Area site TBA co-led by teacher, Adam Ingano
  • Teaching History through Fiction and Informational Texts – for Elementary Educators. Sandy Roth, CES. Northampton. August 12.

FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program

  • The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library The American Revolution Era (1750-1800). May to November. See exhibit preview.
  • Professional Development:  http://maps.bpl.org/professional_development:
    • 2015 Teacher Fellowship. $2,000 stipend. Research Boston Public Library and Library of Congress. Applications due: Friday, April 3, 2015. Contact for application info: mleblanc@bpl.org.
    • Summer 2015 Institute – Mapping Boston’s Role in the American Revolution July 13-17
    • Visualizing the American Revolution – July 28-29

New at the Library:

Posts on Teacher Blog:

  • Robert Hooke’e early drawings of cells and other observations from use of microscope. Info.
  • Photos of Chinatown in early 20th Century, including San Francisco Earthquake. Info.
  • March in History: Founding of the Maryland Colony. Civil War – Sherman destroys NC arsenal. Susan B. Anthony.  Info.

OTHER RECOMMENDED RESOURCES & EVENTS

  • People’s History of the Vietnam War – Teach-In – March 28, 4:30pm – MIT – $5. http://vietnam-teachin.bpt.me/
  • UMass Amherst – Jessica Johnson for info. johnson@history.umass.edu
    • April 1, 4:00pm – “In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now,” 601 Herter Hall. Benjamin Hedin.
    • April 6, 4:30pm – “Transnational Fight for the Rights of Undocumented Migrants, 1965-1986” Ana Raquel Minian, Stanford Univ.
  • Wistariahurst Spring evening lecture series on Immigrant Communities in the Pioneer Valley. http://wistariahurst.org/monday-night-history-lecture-schedule/
    • Monday evenings at 6:00pm.
    • April 18, 7:30pm – “Cyclonic: Readings from ‘Queen of Vaudeville’.” $20 admission.
  • Five College Center for East Asian Studies – Free eNews listing of their many events across the Northeast. Email request to receive it: fcceas@fivecolleges.edu.
    • Muslims in China, Prof. Jonathan Lipman,Saturday, April 11, 9:30-11:30am, Amherst College.
  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site – National Park Service Teacher Ranger application due April 15. Complete education-related projects. May to August, 2015. (Hours flexible.) $3,000 stipend. 3 grad credits. Contact: Jennifer_Zazo@nps.gov  413 271-3976
  • Precision Valley Symposium – May 15, 9:00am – 2:00pm. Sponsored by Springfield Armory. Putnam Hall, Springfield Technical and Community College. For info: richard.colton@nps.gov

Summer

July 20-22, 2015: The three-day Advanced Service Learning Institute: Academics, Engagement and Purposeful Action is being hosted by the New York State Association of Independent Schools at the Carey Conference Center near Albany, New York http://www.nysais.org/page.cfm?id=3094&start=07/29/2015&verbose=7081 or contact www.cbkassociates.com.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is setting up an advisory committee of educators to explore how the Court can become a helpful resource for teachers. The SJC was created in 1692, and first sat to put an end to the Salem witchcraft hysteria. One of its first acts under the new Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 was to find slavery incompatible with its declaration that “all men are born free and equal”.  As the oldest appellate court in the Western Hemisphere, the Court interprets the oldest written constitution still in effect in the world. The SJC has a rich history of over three centuries of cases, decisions and judges, and is committed to expanding its educational role in the Commonwealth.

http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/sjc/about/

If you would be interested in joining the advisory group now forming, please contact the SJC’s new Director of Education Jayne Gordon: jaynegor@gmail.com  or 617-557-1058

"Steamer Glass [i.e. class]" in Hancock School, Boston. Immigrant children. Location: Boston, Massachusetts.
Source: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/nclc.04529

"Steamer Glass [i.e. class]" in Hancock School, Boston. Immigrant children. Location: Boston, Massachusetts. Source: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/nclc.04529

“Steamer Glass [i.e. class]” in Hancock School, Boston. Immigrant children. Location: Boston, Massachusetts.
Source: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/nclc.04529

A new list of resources is now available on the website as part of the CES Teaching with Primary Sources program.

Linked resources are in a variety of media, from video clips and audio recordings to books, blog posts and articles.

Click here to access this rich set of resources.

 

NEWS

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 9 for Forge of Innovation NEH Summer Workshop due to tough winter. http://EmergingAmerica.org/NEH

Controversy over new AP U.S. History curriculum. The Atlantic online.

Follow us on Twitter @EmergingAmerica and on Facebook.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources @ the Collaborative

  • Last chance register! First to Fight: American Volunteers Against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) – For teachers of World History, U.S. History, and Spanish Language and Culture.
    March 14 – Newton South HS. Peter Carroll, Stanford, & Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin. Register by Feb. 28.
  • A few slots left. History in Motion: Developing Primary Source Sets of Images, Sound Files, Maps, Oral Histories, and Film. Bob Allison, Suffolk Univ. Access multi-media primary sources.
    Mon. March 16; Sat. May 2; & 1 2-hr follow-up TBD. Complete project and earn $400 stipend. Also earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 grad credit from Framingham State University. Preference to Boston teachers. Register.

MARK CALENDARS:

  • June 29 to July 2 (with ½-day follow-up in October) – America Comes of Age: Exploring Reform in the Early 20th Century (1900-1940) – Library of Congress TPS Program at CES. Eric Arnesen, Professor, George Washington University. Kelley Brown and Laurie Risler, teacher-leaders.
  • July 24 – Disability History – Graham Warder, Keene State University & Laurie Block, Disability History Museum. Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown.
  • Teaching Primary Sources with Diverse Learners: Blending History & Common Core Instruction. (aka: Creating High Quality Learning Environments.) Audrey Morse:
    • July 22-23, Northampton – co-led by teacher, Laurie Risler.
    • July 28-29 or 29-30, Boston Area co-led by teacher, Adam Ingano.

NEW FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Teacher Blog posts:

OTHER RECOMMENDED RESOURCES & EVENTS

  • March 11 & 12 Service-Learning Planning & Implementation workshop. http://www.doe.mass.edu/conference/?ConferenceID=5985
  • K-16 Educator Workshop, Muslims in China, Prof. Jonathan Lipman,Saturday, April 11, 9:30-11:30am, Amherst College.
  • Springfield Armory exhibit “Springfield Armory Goes to Hollywood,” April 18 to September 30.
  • Receive weekly updates on events region-wide from Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Email request to: fcceas@fivecolleges.edu

Fee-Based Events:

  • June 1 – Massachusetts Conference on Service and Volunteering – Framingham. Info.
  • Flow of History 2015 Summer Institute—Community Forensics: Using Place to Teach Social Studies & Science—June 23-26, Grafton, VT  Join social studies and science educators in place-based explorations of the forests, rivers, bridges and historic resources of the town, as a model for how to explore your own communities. Each day a project-based inquiry will integrate Common Core ELA strategies and NGSS, and connect to your classroom practice. $450; grad credit available. To register: www.flowofhistory.org.

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NEWS

My office phone number changed to: (413) 588-5936.
See new National Core Arts standards. http://nationalartsstandards.org/.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources @ CES

Excellent FREE PD – Deadlines Approach!

Take a break from the brutal winter for top quality FREE professional development. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWS

Gov. Baker’s proposed cuts.

The Transcontinental Railroad: (NEH Landmarks Workshop) http://railroad.historyproject.ucdavis.edu/ and other  summer programs. (LIST BELOW.)

WORKSHOP FULL! – March 21 & 28 – Landscape of Revolution – Boston Public Library & CES Read the rest of this entry »

African American soldiers on patrol near bombed buildings, somewhere in Europe (Library of Congress)

African American soldiers on patrol near bombed buildings, somewhere in Europe (Library of Congress)

A new Featured Source Performance Assessment is now available, examining Civil Rights During World War II. In this performance task, high school students compare several pieces of evidence from the Civil Rights Movement during WWII.

This performance task requires students to compare text, sound files, and images to deepen their understanding of the efforts by African Americans to advance the Double V Campaign (victory over racism at war and at home) during WWII. A timeline helps students sequence and visualize the relative length of time between events.

The assessment features the following sources:

  • A letter from A. Phillip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters to Walter White of the NAACP.
  • The transcript of an audio-taped 1940 White House meeting between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Civil Rights leaders, including A. Philip Randolph and Walter White.
  • A flyer from a 1941 NAACP conference
  • The notes of a 1941 White House meeting between Roosevelt, Randolph, and White.
  • Presidential Order 8802 of 1941.

Click here to access the Performance Assessment

Registration is now open for the Landscape of Revolution Workshop!

Dates: Two-day workshop on March 21, 9am – 3pm, and March 28, 9am – 1pm.

The workshop is presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, in collaboration with the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services.

Optional 1 grad credit or 22.5 PDPs.

More information and registration: http://maps.bpl.org/professional_development

NEWS

Arizona requires students to pass U.S. Citizenship test. Commentary by Robert Pondiscio in The Education Gadfly. http://edexcellence.net/articles/model-citizens

Give input on Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization. Currently no support for Social Studies. National Council for the Social Studies supports Programs of National Significance. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo Soldiers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Soldiers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Source: http://www.alba-valb.org/

Online registration is now open for a free workshop exploring the role played by American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.

The First to Fight workshop will provide participants with powerful strategies to teach content and the Common Core, with the following resources and questions:

To learn more and register online, click here.

DDM Survey - South Shore Social Studies Supervisors (5S) is taking a brief online survey on implementation of District Determined Measures (DDMs). Please participate!

Don’t forget the PLC for Social Studies Department Chairs, TODAY (Tuesday) 3:30-5:00pm. Karen White from Mass DESE will Skype in at 4:00 to answer questions about DDMs, PARCC, Model Curriculum Units, and other topics. Read the rest of this entry »