Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students

Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 


This online course will harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. Immigration has a strong appeal for its power to help students to connect their experiences and communities to the core curriculum. The topic also captures students' desire to explore issues of social justice.

Participants will:

  • Gain an overview knowledge of US immigrant history, and focus on a particular topic of interest
  • Consider interdisciplinary connections related to immigration, from the narrative arc of the immigrant journey to the statistical representation of population change.
  • Be guided in the use of primary sources to teach students to pursue answers to questions of “how do we know?” and “what did they think then?”
  • Develop a lesson that will engage ALL students – with particular attention to Multilingual Learners, students of color, urban and rural youth, and students with disrupted educational experiences.
  • Integrate primary sources into inquiry-based curriculum for use in their own curriculum.


Social Studies, ELA and ELL teachers; Grades 2 - 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.

Date and Location

This workshop is fully online and will run July 8, 2022 through July 29, 2022. Virtual sessions will be held on the below dates:

  • July 12, 2022; 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • July 19, 2022; 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • July 26, 2022; 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $195.50 for member districts, and $230 for non-member districts.

Registration Deadline: July 1


  • 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. 

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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, 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 collaborative.org. 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.