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Recent and Upcoming Presentations by Emerging America

Our Rights and Nothing Less: Struggles to Secure the Vote in the United States

January 27, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Workshop by Primary SourceMassachusetts Historical Society, and Emerging AmericaInfo & Registration.


The year 2020 marked the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, expanding the franchise in the United States and fundamentally altering the participatory rights available to previously disenfranchised women. Within the U.S. political system, the act of voting holds a unique centrality in civic identity by vesting power in the hands of citizens. However, access to the ballot box has expanded and contracted throughout U.S. history and the struggles to cast a vote and engage in civic life has been fraught with racial and gendered obstacles.

In this virtual workshop Primary Source joins with the Collaborative for Educational Services and the Massachusetts Historical Society to examine the historical and contemporary struggles to vote. Focusing on African Americans, women, and people with disabilities, this virtual workshop introduces content, themes, resources, and teaching strategies to foster students’ awareness of the personal sacrifices and collective efforts made in the effort to secure the right to be heard and influence the governing of this country.

For all educators of grades K-12. 5 PDPs available.

Info & Registration


Wednesday Webinars from Teaching with Primary Sources Northern Virginia: Using Primary Sources in teaching Disability History

Jan. 27, 4:00 - 4:30pm Eastern Time 

Info & Registration: 


Rethinking Immigration History for ALL Learners

February 24 - late afternoon time TBA - 90-minute presentation for Teacher Librarian Day (A virtual week in 2021). Sponsored by Metropolitan State University of Denver and Western Region TPS. 

Info - Registration open soon! 


Strategies for Teaching Inquiry with English Learners through Primary Sources

March 3-30, 2021

Six-hour asynchronous workshop in partnership between Emerging America and Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Western Region TPS. Free. 

Info and Registration


2021 National Council for History Education Conference

"Empowerment: Disability Rights through Primary Sources"

April 8-11 - Emerging America poster at National Council for History Education annual conference. Posters open for viewing at date TBD. Conference info and conference registration


2021 Teaching History Conference - The History Project at UC Davis 

"Strategies to Engage Students with Disabilities in Inquiry through Primary Sources"

May 7-8 - Emerging America workshop times TBD. Conference Info and Registration


Recent Recorded Presentations & Posters



Contact Rich Cairn to schedule Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district, state, or region in 2021. 


Upcoming Workshops

ONLINE: (PDPs available) Are you looking for K-5 History curriculum that meets content and skill standards, engages students in inquiry remote or in-person, and…
Fully Online: Course runs Feb 19 - April 2, 2021. Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners. Extensive discipline-specific…
Course runs April-May 2021, and introduces exemplars of best practice pedagogy for English Learners in History and Social Studies classrooms. It demonstrates du…