America Comes of Age

Exploring Reform in the Early 20th Century (1900-1940)

PDPs: 
67.5
Graduate Credits: 
3
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentHistory and Social Studies

The years from 1900 into the 1940s featured globally unprecedented economic and political turmoil, as well as creativity and reform. Work in groups with the scholar and veteran teacher-leaders to investigate a wealth of primary sources – featuring items from the Library of Congress – to develop inquiry-based lessons on this vital period.

In Fall, pilot draft lessons, and then meet to discuss observations and student work, then revise, and polish the lessons as quality additions to the curriculum.

Audience

Teachers of history, English, geography and other subjects, including school librarians. Grades 4-12.

Credits

67.5 PDPs or 3 grad credits in partnership with Fitchburg State University. 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 Fitchburg State University costs $325. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.

Instructor(s)

  • thumbnail image of Kelley Brown

    Kelley Brown is past head of the Social Studies Department at Easthampton High School. Since 2006, she has led high school teacher instruction in History for DYS and for Emerging America TAH. She was the 2010 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year and the 2016 recipient of the Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civics Education from the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies.

  • Laurie Risler

    Laurie Risler is a former elementary school teacher. She now teaches education courses at Westfield State University. She has co-led professional development programs in history for the Collaborative for Educational Services since 2011, including as a coach for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES. She served as Teacher in Residence at Westfield State University 2012-2013.

  • Rich Cairn

    Rich Cairn has directed the Emerging America program since 2006. Emerging America includes Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Institutes: "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry."

For more information, contact:
Position: 
Events Coordinator
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5981
Email: 
esullivan@collaborative.org