Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students

Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentHistory and Social Studies


This online course is offered thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES.

Participants will:

  • Delve into the vast archives of the Library of Congress (60 million primary sources online) to deepen understanding of immigration across American history from the founding of the nation through today. 
  • Learn to engage diverse students–English Learners, students of color, urban youth, and students from disrupted backgrounds. Immigration has a strong appeal for its power to help these students to connect their experiences and communities to the core curriculum. The topic also captures students desire to explore issues of social justice. Rich Cairn has worked closely with teachers across the country, from Boston and Minneapolis to small rural communities, and including teachers in residential treatment facilities.
  • Integrate primary sources into inquiry-based curriculum for use in your own curriculum.


Social Studies, ELA and ELL teachers; Grades 3 - 12.


22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield 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 Westfield State University costs $125. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.

Date and Location

The course will take place online from February 15 - March 29. Teachers should expect to teach at least one primary source-based activity in the spring. There will then be one follow-up forum on June 7 where teachers will share their work and experience teaching with primary sources. 

Cost and Registration

This workshop is just $35, thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES. 

Register online by February 8 using the form on the right side of this page. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your information. If the workshop has reached capacity, this will be indicated on the right side of this page.


  • Rich Cairn
    Rich Cairn has directed the Emerging America program since 2006. A graduate of Yale University, Rich earned a Master of Public Affairs from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. He is a recognized national leader in service-learning, performance assessment, environmental education, and history education.
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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, the Collaborative 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 5 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 collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.