July 24, 2021

The Latest News, Events, Opportunities, Resources & PD from the Library & TPS Consortium

Last Updated on July 22, 2021

News & Events


Library of Congress Adds ‘A Century of Lawmaking’ to Congress.gov
Update Increases Accessibility, Readability of Bills and Resolutions Dating from 1799
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Joy Williams Wins 2021 Prize for American Fiction
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TPS Consortium

Black Founders Investigation
The Read.Inquire.Write. team has developed a U.S. history investigation focused on the compelling question: How did Black Founders (re)define democracy and Black identity in early America? This investigation, which will be pilot tested in the fall,  highlights examples of individual and collective action, and different notions of freedom and democracy in the Colonial and Revolutionary time period.

Consortium Member Receives Elementary Social Studies Teaching Award
The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies selected Consortium member Laurie Risler, a co-author of History’s Mysteries K-5 Curriculum and a Teaching Fellow at Westfield State University, to receive the Barbara Capron Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Social Studies.

Teaching with Primary Sources in the Elementary Classroom
This new 7-hour online, asynchronous professional development course course will be field tested in July and offered soon via the Ed Leaders Network, which was developed through the collaborative efforts of principal associations from across the country and is managed by the Illinois Principal Association. The course was developed through a partnership between Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Collaborative for Educational Services, Mars Hill University, and the TPS Midwest Region. Classroom footage and expertise from TPS Teachers Network mentors, Tom Bober and Cheryl Best, have been included in the course; all videos and course materials will be available to other TPS consortium members through the TPS Midwest Region.



Homegrown at Home 
American Folklife Center concerts premiering on YouTube and Facebook

Pillars of Democracy Series: The U.S. Congress
Kluge Center
July 8, 4:00 pm EST | Registration

Social Movements and American Democracy in the 21st Century
Kluge Center
July 22, 1:00-2:00 pm EST | Information | Registration


2021 National Book Festival: Open a Book, Open the World
Library of Congress Online
September 17-26, weekdays 4:00-8:00 pm EST | weekends 1:00-8:00 pm
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Opportunities & Resources


2021 NCHE Equity Summit: Recovery for Transformation
National Council for History Education
August 3-4, 11 am-8:00 pm EST
hour-long sessions with 30-minute breaks in between sessions
$25 members & $50 nonmembers | Information | Registration


“Give me your…” Best Teachers (Please!)
The Center on Representative Government
Engaging Congress will be aligning its digital interactives to U.S. History, Civics, and Government standards for 5th grade, middle school, and high school from all 50 states and Territories. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Osborn if you are interested in helping out or to suggest a teacher to help with the alignment; honorarium provided.


Library Blog Posts

Teaching with the Library of Congress

Minerva’s Kaleidoscope: Resources for Kids and Families

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TPS Consortium 

Blogging History’s Mysteries
Read the new blog, which has plans to highlight connections to current events and give a glimpse into the process of creating new mysteries

KidCitizen Launches Two Episodes in Spanish
The first 2 of 6 planned Spanish-language episodes are now available: ¿Cuáles Son Las Fuentes Primarias? (What Are Primary Sources?) and Trabajadores de la Comunidad (Community Helpers). Access the episodes.

Pairing Children’s Literature and Primary Sources
Read the School Library Journal article by Tom Bober

PSN Resource Sets

TPS Teachers Network
(must join / login to view / participate)

Professional Development

(free unless noted otherwise)


Bring the Library of Congress to Your Classroom
TPS Virginia Partnership
July 12-16, 2021
30 re-certification/licensure renewal points
9:00-10:30 am EST daily synchronous sessions followed by 1.5 hours of independent work | Email to register

Prints & Photographs Virtual Orientation: Photographic Processes
Prints & Photographs Division
July 13, 12:00-1:00 pm EST | Information | Registration

Foundations: Finding Primary Sources on LOC.gov
Library of Congress Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives
July 13, 2:00-3:00 pm ESTInformation & registration

Constitution Annotated on Congress.gov
Congressional Research Service
July 15, 11:00 am-1:00 pm EST | Information | Registration

Foundations: Analyzing Multiple Perspectives
Library of Congress Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives
July 20, 2:00-3:00 pm ESTInformation & registration

Reading Like a Historian: Historical Inquiries, Visuals, and Assessment 
Stanford History Education Group
July 20-22, 9:30-12:00 pm PST
Fee: $375 | Information & registration

Prints & Photographs Virtual Orientation: Photographic Processes
Prints & Photographs Division
July 21, 3:00-4:00 pm EST | Information | Registration

Reading Like a Historian with Younger Students 
Stanford History Education Group
July 26-28, 10:00 am-12:15 pm PST
Fee: $375 | Information & registration

Foundations: Information Literacy and Primary Sources
Library of Congress Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives
July 27, 2:00-3:00 pm ESTInformation & registration


Library of Congress Online Open House
Experts from across the Library
August 4, 2:00-3:00 pm EST | Information | Registration

Civic Online Reasoning: Sorting Fact from Fiction on the Internet
Stanford History Education Group
August 9-11, 10:00 am-12:15 pm PST
Fee: $375 | Information & registration

Introduction to Elementary Inquiry Using History’s Mysteries Webinar
In conjunction with Emerging America
August 11, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Free: $50

Introduction to Reading Like a Historian Curriculum and Beyond the Bubble Assessments
Stanford History Education Group
August 16-18, 10:00 am-12:15 pm PST
Fee: $375 | Information & registration

Come Fly Away with Us: Exploring the Library of Congress Aeronautics Collections
Science Reference Section
August 19 from 2:00-3:00 pm EST | Information | Registration


TPS Micro-credentials
Citizen U & National Education Association
Asynchronous with support group on the TPS Teachers Network
Free for NEA members, $75 for all others | Access

Virtual Student Workshops
Library of Congress
Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10 am and 4 pm EST, except for federal holidays, on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to staff availability
Access request form



A is for Everything: How Typography Shapes our Language and Culture
Online, Jul. 19-30
Registration fee; graduate credit available at 50% cost reduction | Information & registration

Set in Stone: Civil War Memory, Monuments and Myths
Ford’s Theatre
Online, July 25-30
3 grad credits available from Trinity University Washington for $375
Information | Schedule | Application


Inspiring Student Research
National History Day
Online, August 16-December 13, 2021
Free, 90 professional development hours OR 3 graduate extension credits
Registration Deadline: Friday, July 16 at noon EST 
58 spots available for teachers and librarians in grades 4-12 | Information & registration

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