EnCompass is a digital resource for the study of Rhode Island history. Produced by the Rhode Island Historical Society to provide free access to teachers, the textbook is aligned with current educational standards for history and social studies in Rhode Island, and is targeted toward Grades K-12. Created and vetted by scholars and teachers, EnCompass features objects and documents from the Rhode Island Historical Society collections and the collections of 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 module on Roger Williams was rolled out in October of 2016 and a revitalized version launched in September 2017. New modules are being released as they are completed. Rather than following a chronological order, the modules 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.