Check Out New Resources and Tools at EmergingAmerica.org
Emerging America recently added useful functions to our website. At the suggestion of friends at the #TeachDisabilityHistory campaign, we added an FAQ page to the Reform to Equal Rights curriculum. And we added more lessons as well as search tools to the Teaching Resources page. Finally, we created a Learning Standards page to shape inclusive curriculum.
Responds to many frequently asked questions and helps guide implementation. What are your questions about this powerful new curriculum?
Features 50 accessible teacher-written lessons, 37 media-rich primary source sets on a wide range of topics, nearly 30 strategies and tools to aid design and implementation of inclusive instruction, and more.
The Learning Standards page features detailed alignment of the Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum to state standards for:
- Massachusetts - Massachusetts incorporates much disability history into history content standards.
- New Jersey - Educators are making a serious effort to support implementation of the mandate to teach disability history.
National Standards and Reform to Equal Rights
The Learning Standards page also discusses key national frameworks that shaped Reform to Equal Rights:
- National Council for the Social Studies College, Career, and Civil Life (C3) Framework
- Educating for American Democracy (EAD) Roadmap
State Laws on Teaching Disability History
Based in part on what we learned at last month’s conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, the new Learning Standards page tracks state laws that mandate and/or support the teaching of disability history.
- Six states mandate Disability History Day, Week or Month: Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia; Iowa’s mandate for Disability History Week expired; Delaware encouraged it for one year.
- Six states mandate the teaching of disability history: California, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon and Nevada.
- Pennsylvania is implementing a small grants program to support disability inclusive curriculum (which may include disability history).
Find further details about these laws on the Learning Standards page. If you have more recent information about mandates and/or supporting programs in any state, please contact us! Email Rich Cairn <rcairn @ collaborative.org>. We will gladly update this page! Watch the Emerging America History eNews for updates. (Sign up for the eNews on our Home page.)
Teaching Disability History Interest Group
We invite any who seek to advance disability history in K-12 schools to join a new Teaching Disability History Interest Group that will meet bi-monthly, starting February 8, 2024, 5-6pm Eastern Time. Sign up here to receive the zoom link before and meeting notes after.