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History eNews from Emerging America - January 18, 2024

Published on Thu, 01/18/2024

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 11, Issue 1 for January 18, 2024

In this Issue


Working Together to Advance Inclusion of Disabilty History in the Curriculum:

January Blog Post

January 30 Webinar

Art depicting a people close together, embracing flowers, birds silhouetted over large sun above.
Stronger Together (title). Nina Yagual, artist. Amplifier Well-Being campaign to support mental health. (2023). The Amplifier site offers lessons and more posters in the series.


Courses & Workshops at Emerging America - Info & Registration.

Syllabi available at link above. Questions? Contact or

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



Webinars and Conference Sessions from Emerging America 

See complete list of Upcoming Presentations, Past Recordings  and more.

  • Empowering Students with Disability History: A Workshop for Special Education Professionals

    • January 30, 2024 5:00-6:00pm (Eastern Time) 
    • Rich Cairn, Emerging America and Ross Newton, HEC Academy 
    • This FREE workshop will support increased attention to disability across the K-12 academic curriculum, by providing basic historical knowledge, free curriculum materials, and strategies for collaboration with elementary teachers and Social Studies and English Language Arts teachers across grades.
    • Registration


"History at the Crossroads" logo for NCHE 2024 conference


  • Emerging America at the National Council for History Education 

    • March 7-9, 2024 - Cleveland - Register
    • Breakout session: 
      • Teaching Stories of Disability History: Teachers, Veterans, and Citizens - Rich Cairn, Emerging America
    • Posters: 
      • Reform to Equal Rights: Integrate Disability History into History Class - 1776-2024 - Rich Cairn, Emerging America
      • Challenging Primary Sources and Inclusive Teaching: Lessons from Dialogue between History and ESL Teachers - Alison Noyes, Emerging America


  • Empowerment through Disability History - Hosted by the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

    • April 9, 2024 - 5-6pm Eastern Time - Free - Register
      • Ross Newton, high school history teacher in Special Education, and Rich Cairn, author of Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum. 
      • Disability from after the American Revolution through the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and its impacts. Discuss why and how disability history can be integrated into school classrooms. 
    • For Special Education teachers and interested parents and advocates. 




New at the Library of Congress

2 boys in ragged clothes and overalls, in cluttered workplace, fireplace and more than 10 tin exhaust pipes in background. Child laborers in an Indiana glass factory at midnight. Lewis Hine. (1908). New primary source set on Child Labor from the Library of Congress.

What’s New?


TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this issue - (log in to see these Discussions):

You may link directly to these resources. 


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Using Primary Sources to Spark Inquiry About Presidential Primaries
  • 2024 Literacy Awards: New Prize Categories and a Call for Applications
  • Child Labor: A New Primary Source Set for Teachers from the Library of Congress
  • Teaching with Maps in the Classroom
  • Using Maps of Historical Locations to Understand Historic Events


Disability History Resources & Updates


Other Events

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


Summer 2024 - in-person


Other Resources


New Blog Post:  

Blog Preview: Disability History in State Standards and Mandates - and other new Tools at

By Rich Cairn, Emerging America

Emerging America 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 search tools for the Teaching Resources page, which features 50 accessible teacher-written lessons, 37 media-rich primary source sets on a wide range of topics, and nearly 30 strategies and tools to aid design and implementation of inclusive instruction. Finally, we created a Learning Standards page to shape inclusive curriculum.


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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.