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Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum
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COURSE FULL: see April 13 Accessing Civic Engagement! Massachusetts teachers are working to meet the new requirement that every student have the opportunity to complete civic engagement projects between 8th and 12th grades that engage students in real-world issues in their communities. Civics content including media literacy, and broader literacy and practice standards are part of the MA History and Social Science Standards.  In this workshop, participants will plan an effective student-led civic engagement project for ALL learners.
Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources
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Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners. Extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts –including complex primary sources– and a need for background knowledge can be barriers. Yet the authentic sources, important ideas and connections to issues of these subjects also offer virtual tools for differentiation and potent means to motivate students.
Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources
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Course runs February 4 through March 16, 2020 and introduces exemplars of best practice pedagogy for English Learners in History and Social Studies classrooms. It demonstrates dual-language-learner-friendly approaches to primary and secondary sources using examples from the history of immigration and of foreign language communities in the U.S..
Elementary students at desks talking with each other.
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Do you want to try out new K-5 "click and play" historical investigations based on the new Social Studies Framework? Register FREE for this exciting pilot of History's Mysteries. Veteran educators Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown will lead K-5 teachers through a 1-credit/15 PDP course. Learn about and pilot-test History's Mysteries: teacher-friendly, inquiry-based K-5 Social Studies Curriculum. Three 20-40 minute 'click-and-play' investigations and all supports included.
Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources
Event Date:
Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners. Extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts –including complex primary sources– and a need for background knowledge can be barriers. Yet the authentic sources, important ideas and connections to issues of these subjects also offer virtual tools for differentiation and potent means to motivate students.
Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources
Event Date:
This course introduces exemplars of best practice pedagogy for English Learners in History and Social Studies classrooms. It demonstrates dual-language-learner-friendly approaches to primary and secondary sources using examples from the history of immigration and of foreign language communities in the U.S..
collage of photos and posters, primary sources for the course
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What is fascism? Where did it come from? How does it impact human rights? How did ideology shape the Spanish Civil War (the setting for the Ernest Hemingway novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls) and WWII? What legacies did those wars pass on in the decades since–in Spain, the U.S., Europe, and globally? 
Teen speaking into microphone at a mixed age and ability community meeting
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How will your school district ensure that students with disabilities can fully and meaningfully participate in the new student-led civic engagement projects at 8th grade and high school? (Includes students receiving support through Special Education and 504 plans and other diverse learners.) Draft implementation plan. Address 2018 legislation and DESE guidance for implementation.
Image of course poster with title and collage of primary sources
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Fully Online: Course runs July 6 through July 31, 2020. Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners. Extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts –including complex primary sources– and a need for background knowledge can be barriers. Yet the authentic sources, important ideas and connections to issues of these subjects also offer virtual tools for differentiation and potent means to motivate students.

Upcoming Workshops


COURSE FULL: see April 13 Accessing Civic Engagement! Massachusetts teachers are working to meet the new requirement that every student have the opportunity to…
Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners. Extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts –includi…
Course runs February 4 through March 16, 2020 and introduces exemplars of best practice pedagogy for English Learners in History and Social Studies classrooms.…