Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum

Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 


In 2018, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a requirement that every student have the opportunity to complete a civic engagement project between 8th and 12th grades. New History and Social Science Standards further reinforce this requirement with relevant content, including on media, and with literacy and practice standards that engage students in real-world projects in their communities.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Plan an effective civic engagement project with their students
  • Unpack the new state policies and examine principles of best practice
  • Access a wealth of tools, curriculum, and resources from a range of state and national organizations 
  • Develop understanding of new Massachusetts civic engagement project requirement and of new History and Social Science Standards
  • Judge the relevance and effectiveness project resources
  • Learn and practice tools and methods for analyzing and synthesizing primary and secondary sources with civics
  • Design an effective civic engagement project for particular schools and communities
  • Apply project designs that meet new content, literacy, and practice standards

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers; Grades K-12


22.5 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations).

Participants may choose instead to take this course for 1 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield State University. To earn PDPs or Graduate Credit, participants must complete all assignments. 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.


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


  • Rich Cairn

    Rich Cairn founded the Accessing Inquiry project of Emerging America, which focuses on inclusion of ALL learners in History, Civics, and Social Science classrooms, especially students with disabilities and English Learners. 


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 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.