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Date: Jul 31 2019

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 6, Issue 19 for May 15, 2019


OJJP Report on juvenile incarceration. Encouraging news yet signs of enduring racial disparity. 

New! Historic Newspapers research on 19th Amendment in Chronicling America. Explore Women's Suffrage. 

New! Library of Congress online exhibition B…

Date: Jun 3 2019

 “As of last year, I started working with ELL students and have become far more cognizant of vocabulary.  I’ve always taken for granted that students know certain vocabulary words, but now I find myself going over many words and to my surprise, it’s not just ELL kids who benefit from it!”

-Kevin, Spring 2019 Online Accessing Inquiry course participant


Anticipating th…

Date: May 20 2019

How can we teach students the most vital skills to function as citizens? Since the early 19th century, preparation for civic life has been the central reason for public schools. As part of a multi-year effort to reinvigorate the civic mission of schools, in 2016 the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) added “readiness for civic life” to its core definition of what i…

Teachers in an Accessing Inquiry course practice use of a complex text set to engage and support diverse learners. Mars Hill University, North Carolina. March, 2019.  
Date: May 8 2019
NEWS Library of Congress – Teaching Primary Sources Young Readers Center Internship – Application Deadline Extended – Information Teaching Tolerance – Hate at School Report National Coalition for History opposes cuts to National Archives and other agencies – Coalition Information and Contact

Teachers at an Accessing Inquiry course discussing primary sources
Date: May 5 2019

“I’ve found that if I pick the right primary sources…[I can make the lesson more accessible]. For example, I just gave some students an evacuation poster (after Order 9066 [–forcing Japanese relocation to camps]) that was selected for its minimal text which was heavy on vocabulary they would know or be able to figure out such as dates and places. I gave other students letters to the editor abo…

Date: May 1 2019
NEWS June 11 – 8:45am-3:30pm – Massachusetts DESE: 2019 Civics Literacy Conference – Information and Registration June 13 or June 14 – Massachusetts DESE: History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute – Information and Registration Discovering Justice seeks Executive Director – Applications due by May 22. Info. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education seeks His…
Date: Apr 24 2019
NEWS Collaborative for Educational Services – Department of Youth Services Summer Jobs: Summer School Teachers – ELA, Math, Science, and History Teachers Brewster Summer School Teacher Teaching Tolerance – Educator Grants (School, District, and Classroom Level) Voting Rights Workshops – May 16, 17, or 20. Info.
Date: Apr 10 2019
NEWS Emerging America Summer courses now open for registration! Congratulations! 2019 Mass Social Studies Teacher of the Year Kevin Dua, high school history and psychology teacher, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. Runner up Michael Neagle, history teacher, Pyne Arts Magnet School, Lowell.
Date: Apr 3 2019
NEWS Tuesday, April 9 – 3:30-5:00pm. Social Studies Leaders of Western Mass PLC. Haymarket Cafe, Northampton. Contact: Article from Teaching Tolerance: Existence Is Resistance: Supporting Student-Led Social Change Review the BARAT-Constitutional Rights Foundation “Citizen U” Curriculum (Illinois). Five who do will be in a raffle for $100 gift certificates. Information.
Date: Mar 27 2019
NEWS Mass History and Social Science Policy Update: MCAS will start with grade 8 civics. There may or may not be future assessments in elementary or high school. DESE is developing pilot, anticipated in spring 2020–more info to come. Civic Engagement projects must occur in both 8th grade and high school. Again, more info to come. Tuesday, April 9 – 3:30-5:00pm. Social Studies Leaders of We…