Sparking Inquiry in Geography and World History

Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 


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

Participants will:

  • Access and use the vast collections of the Library of Congress (60 million primary sources online) and World Digital Library (selected items from 193 major libraries around the globe) to support student engagement and investigation. Maps, images, film, sound recordings, and documents will enrich a host of topics from the Fall of Rome to the present.
  • Explore and practice strategies and tools to analyze and write about primary sources.
  • Create or enhance an existing lesson on a topic of his or her choosing.


Social Studies teachers, Grades 6 - 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.


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


  • thumbnail image of Karen Albano

    Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.

  • Rich Cairn

    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."

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