Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources

Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentEnglish Language Learners
Professional DevelopmentHistory and Social Studies
Special Education


The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services is making accessible to all learners–including students with disabilities–the best of inquiry-based instruction using primary sources.

The course arose from a decade of work by history educators, historians, Special Education experts, and on research and classroom practices that support ALL learners. The course will feature exemplars of best practice based on History of Disabilities, using primary sources and analysis tools.


Teachers in Social Studies or Humanities, including literature, art, music, and language; Grades 4 - 12 

Invite a partner! We encourage - but do not require - participation of teams, such as a Special Education teacher and a History/American Literature teacher, members of a department, or interdisciplinary teams.


22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield State University. This workshop meets the Massachusetts state ESE relicense requirement in strategies for effective teaching for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles (Special Education PDPs).

To earn PDPs or Graduate Credit, participants must complete all assignments by the last class, details of which will be provided in the class syllabus. Graduate Credit from Westfield State University costs $125. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.

Dates and Locations

This is a two-day workshop.

  • January 11 and February 6, 2017, 8:00am - 4:00pm, Plymouth North High School (Register by Jan 4)
  • April 13 and 27, 2017, 8:00am - 4:00pm, Collaborative for Educational Services (Register by April 6)

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $65. Register online or download and mail the registration form, available on the right side of this page.

Lunch will be provided at full-day sessions.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, the Collaborative will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 5 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you.  Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.