November 18, 2022

TPS Spotlight: Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program

Last Updated on September 11, 2022

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Since 2006, the Library has awarded Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grants to build a nationwide network of organizations that deliver educational programming, and create teaching materials and tools based on the Library’s digitized primary sources and other online resources. Each year members of this network, called the TPS Consortium, support tens of thousands of learners to build knowledge, engagement and critical thinking skills with items from the Library’s collections.

The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to: build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources.

Learn how to get started with primary sources, then access ready-to-use classroom materials, and further your practice through free professional development. For more professional learning resources and other opportunities, be sure to keep up to date with our monthly updates.

The Library further achieves the TPS mission through collaborations between the Library and the K‐12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge.

The Barat Education Foundation has been a part of the TPS Partner program since 2006. Barat’s TPS Project, Citizen U-niverse, encompasses the Citizen U Primary Source Nexus Teaching & Learning Portal; the Citizen U Civics Resource Center, which houses the Multidisciplinary Civics Lesson Library; and the NEA TPS Micro-credentials, which includes 8 professional learning modules for educators.

Learn more about the TPS goals and the TPS Regional Programs, then get the list of organizations that comprise the TPS Consortium. Don’t miss the TPS Spotlights on TPS Consortium members to get more detailed information about the resources they provide.

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