2021 Spring Webinar Series: Inclusion in Civic Learning

Emerging America


This spring, Emerging America created a series of webinars by leaders who are working to ensure full inclusion of ALL learners in History, Civics, and Social Science. Emerging America's Accessing Inquiry project offers professional development workshops and graduate courses, curriculum, and teaching resources to teachers.

Webinar #1: Thinkport Inquiry Kits – Teaching Tools from Maryland Humanities and Maryland Public Television

Join Lia Atanat from Maryland Humanities as she demonstrates the exciting Thinkport Inquiry Kits. From early cultures to the modern-day role of the United States, 190 Thinkport kits examine social studies/history themes. Inquiry Kits are great for use in classroom activities, or as starter kits for History Day projects! Lia will showcase Thinkport kits on Disability History as well as Immigration History. Explore this exciting classroom tool to engage ALL learners! Developed with support from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program. https://thinkport.org/tps/

Webinar #2: Strategies to Engage All Students in Asking Their Own Questions Using QFT

The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) is a powerful tool to help mobilize citizens of all ages and abilities in civic action. Join the Right Question Institute's Sarah Westbrook as she engages webinar participants in the QFT and demonstrates strategies and tools for using the QFT with diverse groups of learners, including students with disabilities and English Learners. Learn from veteran teachers as they share experiences and tips for using the QFT to deepen inclusion.  The Right Question Institute developed the QFT as both a simple, practical teaching technique and a philosophy of learning that empowers ALL learners to discover questions for themselves. https://rightquestion.org/what-is-the-qft/

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators and Teachers; Grades K - 12 


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • thumbnail image of Lia Atanat

    As the outreach and professional development coordinator at Maryland Humanities, Lia Atanat visits schools all over Maryland to get students and teachers excited about National History Day and Thinkport primary source inquiry kits.

  • thumbnail image of Sarah Westbrook

    Sarah Westbrook is the director of professional learning at the Right Question Institute. A former high school English teacher in Boston area public schools, Sarah is committed to amplifying the innovative work educators do every day that so often goes unseen and unrecognized.


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Course Cancellation

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