First to Fight: American Volunteers against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)

Emerging America


Investigate the unique and compelling clash of ideologies of the Spanish Civil War. Create Common Core aligned, primary source-based lessons to engage students with this unique and compelling era.

The workshop provides participants with powerful strategies to teach content and the Common Core, with the following resources and questions:

  • Seasoned scholars and educators will present these rich stories and primary sources in a daylong workshop.
  • Who were these American visionaries? What did they achieve? What price did they pay?
  • How did ideology shape the war on the ground? What legacy did the Spanish Civil War pass on in the decades since in Spain, the U.S., and globally?

Participants will create Common Core aligned activities to engage students with this unique and compelling era and its enormous impact. Course is offered in English with breakout in Spanish.

Featuring resources from:

Audience and Grade Level

Social Studies Teachers, and Spanish and other World Language 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.


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    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.

  • Peter N. Carroll is emeritus faculty in the Department of History at Stanford University. Carroll is the author of The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War.

  • Sebastiaan Faber is faculty in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College. Faber is the author of Anglo-American Hispanists and the Spanish Civil War.

For more information, contact:
Director, Emerging America
413.586.4900 x5936


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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