History and Social Studies

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History and Social Studies

Emerging America: Teaching Inquiry in History & Social Studies

With a mission to engage all students–especially students with disabilities and English Learners–the Emerging America program at CES offers professional development, curriculum support, and online resources through EmergingAmerica.org, for K-12 teachers of civics, history and social studies.

Our Approach

Students become energized to learn history when they understand how the past relates to their lives. Emerging America helps teachers develop lessons that speak to issues students care most about, including local communities, social justice, and civic engagement projects. 

Our approach features: 

  • Inquiry-based use of primary sources in the classroom.
  • Integration of literacy and practice standards (civic and historical thinking skills) that align with the 2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. 
  • In-depth content from top scholars, including civic engagement and disability history topics in the forefront of state and national curricular innovation.
  • Practical strategies and guidance from veteran K-12 teachers.
  • Library of Congress resources that connect classrooms to national archives and networks.
  • Application of learning to develop and improve lessons, assessments, and activities for immediate use.

Based on the CES' 40+ years of leadership in overcoming barriers for ALL learners, Emerging America emphasizes strategies to support struggling learners with a diversity of needs. 

Professional Development through Emerging America

In collaboration with expert project teams and through partnerships with the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, and others, Emerging America offers educators a rich and diverse array of workshops, courses, and presentations. Most courses offer optional graduate credit in History or General Education through Westfield State University. For information on upcoming workshops check the Upcoming Events on the right side of this page. 

Programs include:

  • Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES, featuring reduced workshop costs thanks to support from the Library of Congress. 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Summer Teacher Workshops (for information on the 2019 Forge of Innovation program, click here).
  • Onsite Consulting and Training: tailored professional development programs for your school or district.

Disclaimer: Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.

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Social Studies Professional Learning Community (PLC)

We coordinate a regional Western Mass Social Studies PLC, a supportive community of dynamic history and social studies school leaders. The PLC meets regularly, with no cost for participation. To learn more, click here.

Online Resources

Emerging America offers robust web resources including primary sources, online exhibits, lessons, assessments, and other teaching tools.

Learn more about Emerging America at emergingamerica.org.

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On-site Consulting and Training

To discuss a range of possible services, including curriculum mapping, performance-based assessment, curriculum development, and training of trainers, contact Emerging America staff.

Rich Cairn
Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Emerging America
413.586.4900 x5936
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Program Manager, Emerging America
413.586.4900 x5940
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History eNews Editor, Emerging America