Emerging America Professional Development opportunities for K-12 educators feature:
- Inquiry-based use of primary sources in the classroom.
- In-depth content from top scholars.
- Practical strategies and guidance from veteran K-12 teachers.
- Application of learning to develop and improve lessons, assessments, and activities for immediate use.
- Strong and successful alignment with content and literacy standards in History and Humanities: Literature, Music, Visual Arts, and Languages.
Building on forty years of leadership by the Collaborative for Educational Services in overcoming barriers for ALL learners, Emerging America emphasizes strategies to support a diversity of struggling learners: students in Special Education, English Learners, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse learners, and youth in criminal justice facilities or in residential treatment.
Emerging America offers a wide menu of workshops and courses, face-to-face and online. Browse current programs on the Collaborative’s Emerging America History and Social Studies Events page.
Many courses are offered at the graduate level. Teachers may choose Professional Development Points (PDPs) or graduate credit (typically History or General Education) varying between Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, or Westfield State University. (Fees apply to register graduate credit.)
Emerging America Professional Development Programs
The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at the Collaborative for Educational Services
The Collaborative’s TPS programs provide a range of workshops and online resources to support effective inquiry-based use of primary sources, featuring the vast collections of the Library of Congress. These workshops and courses are free or minimal cost, thanks to funding from the Library of Congress. Topics range across U.S. and World History, Geography, Science, and English Language Arts. Programs emphasize strategies to support struggling learners. Programs are offered at three levels: Introductory, Advanced-Lesson Study, and Training-of-Trainers.
Learn more about the Teaching with Primary Sources Program.
National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop
In 2015, Emerging America offered the free summer workshop: Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry. Find exemplary curriculum and online exhibits from the workshop throughout this site.
Emerging America Contract Work in Your District
Emerging America staff and teacher-leaders offer expertise and professional development in your school or district. Possible topics include curriculum mapping, performance-based assessment, curriculum development, and training of trainers. Topics extend across the entire range of U.S. and World History, from immigration to the American Revolution to the Space Race, from youth voice and service-learning to reading and writing with informational texts.
Highlighted Past Programs
- 2016-2017 TPS: Immigration Issues in Perspective: Building Curriculum with Primary Sources
- 2016-2017 TPS: Accessing Inquiry – Many Sections (including in Kansas and Pennsylvania)
- Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources
- Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources
- 2011-2016 TPS: Creating High Quality Learning Environments for Diverse Learners
- 2017 TPS: Black Community and Agency: Fighting the Color Line (1877-1940)
- 2017 TPS – with Western Mass Writing Project: Civic Literacy Institute
- 2017 TPS – with Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives: America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond
- 2016-2017 – with UMass Amherst Department of History: The U.S. in the Age of Mass Incarceration
- 2016 TPS – with the Veterans Education Project: Windows on History: Research & Build a Local History Website in Your Class
- 2016 TPS: Equal Protection and the Constitution: Teaching Modern Struggles for Justice w/ Struggling Learners
- 2016 TPS: Equality Before the Law: The U.S. Constitution and Struggles for Justice
- 2016 TPS: Engaging Students in Inquiry with Primary Sources
- 2016 TPS: Nurturing Student Inquiry and Student Voice Through Informational Texts
- 2016 TPS: Teaching History through Fiction and Informational Texts
- 2016 TPS: Sparking Inquiry in Geography and World History
- 2016 TPS – with UMass Amherst Department of History: 1960s and Beyond: Social Justice and Equality in Local Context
- 2015-2016 TPS – with Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives: First to Fight: American Volunteers Against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War
- 2016 TPS – with Veteran Education Project: America’s Warriors in the Modern Era: WWII in Iraq
- 2016 TPS – with Boston Public Library Leventhal Map Center: Landscape of Revolution
- 2015 NEH – with Springfield Armory National Historic Site: Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry
- 2015 TPS: America Comes of Age: Exploring Reform in the Early 20th Century (1900-1940)
- 2014 TPS: A More Perfect Union: Teaching the U.S. Constitution through Inquiry, Primary Sources, and the Common Core
- 2013-2014 TPS – with UMass Amherst Department of History: Migration Matters
- 2013 TAH: Resistance and Rebellion in American History
- 2012 TAH: From Colony to World Power: Economic Change and American Life
- 2012 TPS: Self-Evident Truths—Persuasive Writing in a Nation of Rebels
- 2012 TAH: People and Communities of Berkshire County
- 2011 TPS: Teaching Content and Literacy with Primary Sources: Inquiry and the New Common Core Standards
- 2011 TAH: People and Communities of Berkshire County: Linking local history to national themes and events.
- 2010 TAH: War and Memory: How we think about war, and why it matters.
- 2010 TAH: The African American Struggle for Equality
- 2009 TAH: Exploration and Settlement: Revisiting the Frontier Thesis
- TAH = Teaching American History
- TPS = Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES
- NEH = National Endowment for the Humanities