Teaching Primary Sources with Diverse Learners

Blending History and Common Core Instruction

Graduate Credits: 


Apply core principles for teaching struggling learners, including students from non-literacy orientations and economically and culturally disrupted environments, as well as English Language Learners. Use primary sources to promote deep understanding of history and social science content, skills, and themes. Access primary sources–images, maps, sound files, and film–as well as documents.

Promote vocabulary and reading comprehension skills with complex texts. Develop inquiry-based lessons, using primary sources to address Common Core literacy skills.


Upper elementary teachers, secondary History teachers (Grades 5-12)


22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit in partnership with Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg State University costs $210. 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.


  • Audrey Morse photo

    Audrey Morse is a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at the Collaborative for Educational Services, taught the 2018 and 2019 MA DESE Institute course Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty in partnership with Lesley University.

  • 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.

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