America Comes of Age

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

Graduate Credits: 

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.


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


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.


  • thumbnail image of Kelley Brown

    Kelley Brown is a Social Studies educator at Easthampton High School where she has taught for the last 20 years. She is also the Professional Development Coordinator. She focuses on bringing primary sources and disciplinary literacy skills into the Social Studies classroom for all students.

  • 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 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. 

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