Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations

Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 


Would you like to get practical training in the geographic and historical content and inquiry-based strategies and resources for instruction that address Massachusetts History and Social Science Standards for grades 6-7?

The workshop will be wholly online with two simultaneous sessions. There will also be asynchronous readings, videos, and online activities, and you will research and plan the implementation of World Geography and Ancient Civilizations at your grade(s).

This fully online workshop will run 3 hours per week for five weeks. You may complete it at convenient times for you. There will be two scheduled 75-minute webinars (with the option to watch the recording). Each week will include a mix of readings, online activities, and video clips. You will write responses to prompts in a class forum, and reply to your classmates' posts. Over the five weeks, you will find and create a text set of primary sources and write an inquiry-based lesson plan.


Administrators and Teachers; Grades 6 - 7.


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.


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 Nicholas Aieta

    Nicholas Aieta is a Westfield State University professor and the History Education and Graduate Program Coordinator. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a Geography Minor, and joined Westfield State in 2008.

  • 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. 

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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.