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Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources

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22.5 PDPs
Grade 4;5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12
ELA;History;Special Education;English Language Learners
Graduate Credits Available

Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners, including extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts–including complex primary sources, and a need for background knowledge. Yet the authentic sources, important ideas, and connections to issues of these subjects also offer vital tools for differentiation and potent means to motivate students.

An exciting grad course from the Collaborative for Educational Services supports content instruction for Students with Disabilities in History-Social Studies & Humanities (including literature, art, music, & language); and for Special Education teachers.

Grounded in a decade of practice by history educators, historians, and experts in Special Education, and based on current research and innovative classroom practices. Featuring models of best practices, employing primary sources and analysis tools. Gain and apply practical classroom strategies.

Integrate History of Disability through issues of citizenship, private and government responsibility to provide services, and struggles for empowerment. Create/adapt lessons: Universal Design for Learning and brain-based language learning.

1 Graduate Credit is available for this course through Westfield State University.

Please note: Online asynchronous work will start April 7 and participants will meet for a live webinar (that will be recorded) on April 12, 2023, · 4:00 – 5:15 PM ET.

For more information on this and other Emerging America courses: 

Special workshop registration fee made possible by a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Eastern Region mini-grant.

Registration Options

Spring 2023
Registration Deadline: 03/31/2023 4:30pm EST
Spaces Available: 12
Instructors: Rich Cairn
Meetings Dates: Click to View Dates
Location: Collaborative for Educational Services (Online)

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Special pricing made possible by a Library of Congress Teaching Grant.


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, CES 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 7 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.

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Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413-200-8395 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.

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