Richard Cairn

Rich Cairn
Staff, Faculty
Program (What area of CES): 
Professional Development, History and Social Studies
Director, Emerging America
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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." Emerging America has also played a vital role in helping to shape and to roll out the 2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. 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, civic engagement, performance assessment, environmental education, and history education. He has authored numerous books and multimedia, and has designed and led hundreds of teacher workshops. He is a lifelong social justice activist.