Accessing Civic Engagement with Students with Disabilities

Emerging America


How will your school district ensure that students with disabilities can fully and meaningfully participate in the new student-led civic engagement projects at 8th grade and high school? (Includes students receiving support through Special Education and 504 plans and other diverse learners.)

Participants of this 75-minute webinar will:

  • Examine 2018 Civic Engagement legislation and DESE Civic Engagement Project Guide with access for diverse learners in mind.
  • Consider overall strategies to support diverse learners in project-based learning. 
  • Gain access to planning tools:
    • School district readiness assessment.
    • Inclusion planning supplement for school district civic engagement projects.
  • Gain access to additional resources, including:
    • Professional development to support inclusion of students with disabilities and other diverse learners in Civics, and in History and Social Science.
    • Digital clearinghouse of resources–lessons, historical source materials, and teaching strategies–to support inclusion of students with disabilities in Civics, and in History and Social Science. 
    • Links to disability rights advocacy groups and information on issues

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Grades 4 - 12 


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


  • Rich Cairn

    Rich Cairn founded the Accessing Inquiry project of Emerging America, which focuses on inclusion of ALL learners in History, Civics, and Social Science classrooms, especially students with disabilities and English Learners. 

  • thumbnail image of Alison Noyes

    Alison Noyes is the Program Manager of the Emerging America program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, where she leads the English Learner Collaborations project funded by a Library of Congress grant to the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies. 


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. 

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. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.