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History eNews from Emerging America - August 17, 2023

Published on Thu, 08/17/2023

Emerging America logo against vista of sky, river, distant mountains.

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 10, Issue 6 for August 17, 2023

In this Issue


In person: Accessing Inquiry for English Learners course

October & November, Northampton, MA

Download a course flyer to share with colleagues.

Online: PLC for ELL and Social Studies teachers together

PLC interest form 

Teacher and students holding cards with their names, posing for photographer

Miss April Lou, teacher at PS 1, Manhattan, with six Chinese children, recent arrivals from Hong Kong and Formosa, who are holding up placards giving his or her Chinese name both in ideographs and in transliteration and the name to be entered upon the official school records. Fred Palumbo. World Telegram & Sun, New York. 1964. From the Library of Congress.


Events @ Emerging America - Info & Registration.

Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. Contact or

Graduate Courses - Online

PDPs / or optional grad credit available from Westfield State University.  

Scholarships for Winter Courses - Registration fees of $50 and $100


Presentations and Recordings from Emerging America

Upcoming Presentations and Past Recordings from Emerging America

See list of accessible recordings of past short webinars, poster presentations, and more.

Mark your calendar:

  • Empowering Students with Disability History: A Workshop for Special Education Professionals
    • October 18, 2023 4:00-05:00pm (Eastern Time) 
      • Rich Cairn, Emerging America and Ross Newton, HEC Academy 
      • This FREE workshop will aid integration of disability history and supportive attention to disability across the K-12 academic curriculum, by providing basic historical knowledge and curriculum materials.
      • Register here


  • Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the Social Studies 
    • October 19, 7-8pm Eastern Time - National Council for the Social Studies professional development webinar. Register for NCSS webinar


  • New Jersey Council for the Social Studies Conference
    • October 23 - New Brunswick. Strategies and Tools to Integrate Disability into History, Civics, Government, and Human Rights. Register for NJCSS conference


  • National Council for the Social Studies - Nashville - December 1-3, 2023.
    • Info on the NCSS 2023 NCHE Conference
      • Rich Cairn, Emerging America will present on the Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum
      • Alison Noyes, English Learner Collaborations/MCSS will present on 'What Do ESL Teachers Wish You Knew' 
    • Watch for other highlights on inclusion as they develop. 




    New at the Library of Congress

    United States of Trauma. (2021). Steve Brodner.

    TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this issue - (log in to see Discussions; no log-in needed for Albums):

    Library of Congress Teacher Blog

    • Reflections from the Library: Interesting Finds to Deepen Analysis
    • Teaching Scientific Literacy: The Case of the Scattered Sand
    • Can You Believe Your Eyes
    • I observed, I reflected, I questioned… - Einstein Fellow, Jacqueline Katz 
    • Innovations with Digitized Newspapers
    • Launching Units with Primary Source Phenomena: Bacteria-coated Popcorn
    • Launching Student Learning About Women’s Suffrage with a Suffragist’s Poetry


    Disability History Resources & Updates


    Other Events

    Online unless noted. “Hybrid” events are both virtual and in-person.


    Other Resources


    New Blog Post:  Accessing Inquiry returns in-person in newly renovated space in Northampton

    By Alison Noyes

    We are excited about bringing educators together face-to-face again in the newly renovated learning space at CES with added presentation features, and access to a variety of informal meeting spaces for project work time, as well as an outdoor patio we can access for our lunch break. (Boxed lunch will be provided.) 

    Thanks to generous support from the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Eastern Region program, managed by Waynesburg University, the workshop will cost $100 per participant (a 65% discount)–$85 for educators from CES member districts.  

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    Rich Cairn

    Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
    Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.