Teaching the History's Mysteries K-5 Curriculum

Emerging America


History’s Mysteries is a ready-to-use K-5 curriculum. Currently, History’s Mysteries consists of one unit per grade, plus lessons that introduce inquiry. Each unit begins with a student investigation of primary sources, often featuring primary sources from the Library of Congress. Additional units will become available.

This workshop introduces the inquiry-based methodology and fully prepares K-5 teachers to teach this interactive and engaging curriculum, fully aligned to the 2018 Massachusetts History and Social Studies Framework. In addition to three webinars, participants will complete a brief implementation plan and reflection on how they will implement inquiry-based instruction.

Audience and Grade Level

Curriculum Directors and Teachers; Grades K-5


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

Date and Location

This workshop is fully online and will run August 26 through December 15, 2020. Virtual sessions will be held on the below dates:

  • August 26, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
  • September 2, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
  • November 12, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $40 for member districts, and $50 for non-member districts. Training cost is reduced thanks to support from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program.

Registration Deadline: August 20


  • Laurie Risler

    Laurie Risler is a former elementary school teacher. She now teaches education courses at Westfield State University. She has co-led professional development programs in history for the Collaborative for Educational Services since 2011, including as a coach for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES. She served as Teacher in Residence at Westfield State University 2012-2013.

  • thumbnail image of Kelley Brown

    Kelley Brown is past head of the Social Studies Department at Easthampton High School. Since 2006, she has led high school teacher instruction in History for DYS and for Emerging America TAH. She was the 2010 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year and the 2016 recipient of the Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civics Education from the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


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.