Authentic Historical Writing

Inspiring Students with Experiential Learning and Primary Sources

Emerging America
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentHistory and Social Studies


Participants in the workshop will:

  • Gain strategies to stimulate narrative writing based on experiential learning: service-learning, place-based learning, interactive field trips, speakers in the classroom, and in-depth work with primary sources
  • Explore experiential learning and writing in partnership with the Western Mass Writing Project, Springfield Armory National Historic Site, and Veterans Education Project
  • Support student learning of historical thinking, literacy, and the new C-3 Frameworks for the Social Studies
  • Learn from educators who are long-time leaders in the field of experiential learning   
  • Stimulate engaged student writing
  • Access student interest in the issues and activities that interest them most 
  • Link community-based resources with academic thinking and writing
  • Foster inquiry and curiosity


Social Studies and ELA teachers; Grades 4 - 12 


10 PDPs 


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


  • Kevin Hodgson photo

    Kevin Hodgson teaches sixth grade English Language Arts at the William E. Norris Elementary School in Southampton, Massachusetts, and is the co-director of technology with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. Kevin writes on a regular basis, both with his students and at his own blog, Kevin's Meandering Mind, and is active on Twitter under the handle @dogtrax. 

  • Rob Wilson

    Rob Wilson is a former teacher and the former Executive Director of the Veterans Education Project. He worked to bring U.S.

  • Harriet Kulig photo

    Harriet Kulig, M.Ed, is an education consultant for the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. Harriet has presented professional development programs on a variety of topics for the Armory. She has also developed field trip curriculum using the wonderful resources of the Armory and is a member of their Park for Every Classroom team.

  • 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:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


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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