The goal of EnCompass is to provide free access to primary and secondary source content that allows teachers to easily connect Rhode Island examples to broader national themes and trends. The textbook is aligned with current GSEs for Social Studies in RI, and is targeted toward Grades K-12. Content is created vetted by scholars and teachers and features objects and paper archives from RIHS collections and the collections from other history and heritage organizations throughout the state.
After conducting teacher focus groups and surveys, thanks to generous funding from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the first topical chapter on Roger Williams was rolled out in October of 2016 and a revitalized version launched in September 2017. New chapters are being released as they are completed. Thanks to a major grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, we will have eleven completed chapters by fall of 2020. Rather than following a chronological order, the chapters in EnCompass follow an order dictated by relevance to classrooms’ needs as identified by feedback we received from teacher focus groups and surveys. We would also like to thank Providence College’s Phillips Memorial Library for designing and hosting the site.