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Get ready for 8th grade civics with
Democracy Lab!

With the recent adoption of the 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework and the newly passed Civics Education Bill: An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement, Massachusetts has made a bold step towards infusing more civic learning throughout the K-12 system. Perhaps the greatest shift in the new framework is the addition of a year-long 8th grade civics course that includes a student-led, non-partisan civics project.

We are launching  Democracy Lab: 8th  Grade Civics for the 21st  Century  in July 2019 to meet statewide demand. Democracy Lab is a comprehensive and multi-pronged resource for 8th grade teachers working to prepare their students for success on the proposed MCAS evaluation. Whether designing an entirely new civics course or adding to an existing one, Democracy Lab is a critical tool for teachers in your district. Learn-More-and-Register-Button

Film Event: MAINELAND on Thurs., Jan. 10

Did you miss the screening of MAINELAND this past summer? You have another opportunity to see this award-winning documentary and discuss it with film-maker Miao Wang! This multi-layered coming-of-age tale follows two affluent and cosmopolitan Chinese teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine.

The screening and discussion are free and open to the public. Preceding the screening, there will be a private reception for students and families of the Brookline, Newton, and Boston Latin China exchange programs.

Thursday, Jan. 10
, at 6:45pm
Brookline Teen Center
40 Aspinwall Street, Brookline
Attendance is free, Registration is Required.
Questions? Contact Judy at

Primary Source is co-sponsoring this event with Brookline’s China Exchange Steering Committee for its annual gathering, along with Newton Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program and Boston Latin China Exchange Program.

Give the gift of inspiration this holiday season!

Educators like Ashley Goldstein come to Primary Source for inspiration to be the best teachers they can be. You can give the gift of inspiration by donating this holiday season.
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 Flexible, high-quality PD: Online
modules are here!

Building-Blocks-for-Global-CitizenshipBuilding Blocks for Global Citizenship are a new set of six online modules that build a foundation for global awareness and support global competence in the classroom and school community.

Each one-hour module - taken anytime at your own pace and on your own schedule - is applicable to all subject areas and grade levels.

Learn more about the Building Blocks

Upcoming Courses
Face-to-Face Programs

China's Influence Abroad: Soft Power or Hardball?
Mar. 7, 2019

For 6-12 educators

Online Courses

India's Century of Change: Diversity, Democracy & Social Dynamics
Jan. 23 - Feb. 26, 2019
Open to all K-12 educators

Thinking Like a Historian: Immigration History Through Primary Sources
Jan. 23 - Feb. 26, 2019
Open to all K-12 educators


*Partnership Educators: Contact your school district's Primary Source representative to inquire about registration. Partnership seats are limited.
Click here to find your representative
Our podcast is back with new episodes!
Our podcast is back with a brand new episode! In Episode 11, Naghmeh Sohrabi of Brandeis University joins us to unpack the rise of nationalism in the Middle East. Stay tuned for more new episodes in the coming weeks!

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Primary Source is looking for a Marketing and Development Associate to execute the organization’s marketing efforts, fundraising strategies, and events.

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Primary Source is turning 30!
We're celebrating 30 years of working with teachers in 2019, and we are so thankful for the people who have helped us get here. Stay turned for an exciting calendar of events and more as we say #ThanksforThirty!
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