September 1, 2021

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

Last Updated on August 31, 2021

News & Events

Library New, Tip, and Top 
Access July | Access August

TPS Consortium

Upcoming Launch for new Voices for Suffrage Game Chapter
In this second game chapter, players will team up with either the National Woman Suffrage Association or the American Woman Suffrage Association and make decisions using primary sources that align closest with their parties goals. | Stay tuned
End of August, 2021

Upcoming Launch for NHD Guide to Student Research & Historical Argumentation
Keep an eye out on National History Day’s social media (Facebook and Twitter) and TPS website page.
September 7, 2021

Upcoming Launch for Virtual Book Club
TPS-MTSU’s has planned its second Virtual Book Club featuring the book A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage. The team will facilitate an online discussion thread for each chapter using the TPS Teacher Network Bookmarks! group and include two synchronous meetings (early October and early December) at 7:00 pm EST.
Anticipated timeframe: October – December 

Upcoming World Geography and Ancient Civilizations Course
Grade 6-7 educators from a Boston-area consortium of school districts will join Emerging America’s Rich Cairn and Westfield State University’s Nicholas Aieta on development of this course. Follow Emerging America on social media (Facebook and Twitter).



Traditional Folklore in a Digital World
American Folklife Center Symposium
August 24, 10:30 am EST Social Media Panel

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

  • August 25, 12:00-12:30 pm EST Brother Arnold Hadd, Kevin Siegfried, and Radiance
  • August 25, 12:30-1:00 pm EST Bennett Konesni
  • September 08, 12:00-12:30 pm EST Windborne
  • September 29, 12:00-12:30 pm EST Mamselle Ruiz
  • September 2912:30-1:00 pm EST Cambalache

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
Learn more

Opportunities & Resources


Pre-National Book Festival Webinar for Educators
Library of Congress
August 25, 4:00-5:00 pm EST | Information | Registration Public Forum
Feedback to Inform Future Planning for Official Legislative Information Site
September 2, 1:00-4:00 pm EST
Information | Registration

Open a Book, Open the World: The Library of Congress National Book Festival Premiere
PBS, and the PBS Video app with host LeVar Burton
Sunday, September 12, 6:00 pm EST (check local listings) | More information

By the People Campaigns

TPS Consortium

Call for Expertise: Social Studies Educator Preparedness
National Council for the Social Studies
Application deadline: August 22, 2021
NCSS is looking for a diverse set of writers to join the current scholars helping to complete three online texts under development by researching and writing additional sections on teaching social studies with primary sources from the Library of Congress. Special consideration for the following topics: Geography, Economics, or traditional topics presented in a critical way (holidays, community helpers, citizenship), and/or Families (found/chosen, etc.). | More information | Application

“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.

TPS Teachers Network
(must join / login to participate)



Blog Posts


TPS Consortium 

The Erie Canal in Western New York
Niagara County History Center and the Niagara Frontier Council for the Social Studies
This series of 6 virtual lessons is targeted to 4th grade. The lessons follow the Inquiry Design Method (IDM) and rely almost exclusively on primary sources, most from either the Library of congress and the Niagara County History Center. | Access

Educating for American Democracy Roadmap and AP History
This webinar recording includes a segment from Emerging America on the Disability History and Civics Extension to the EAD Roadmap. | Access

Engaging Bi/Multilingual Students in Social Studies Inquiry and Argument Writing
The webinar recording from Read.Inquire.Write. shows an assets-based, translanguaging classroom where students with low proficiency in English participate by using other languages and includes research video demonstrating how students ‘translanguage’ as they read sources, discuss, and write arguments. | Access

Great Lakes Essential Resources
This new multi-disciplinary research guide from the University at Buffalo Libraries, a member of the Western New York Library Research Council (WNYLRC), highlights top resources related to the history, culture, economy and environment of the Great Lakes. Dozens of primary resources are included in the guide, including maps and charts from Library of Congress and other notable collections. | Access

Igniting Inquiry: Using Compelling Arts-Based Primary Resources to Inspire Student Writing Across Disciplines
This latest UArts Teacher Resource Guide (TRG) invites teachers to use arts-based primary sources to generate rich classroom conversations that set the stage for artfully analytic and expressive writing. It includes a unique album of compelling arts-based primary sources teachers worksheets in a fillable PDF format for easy, free downloading and sharing. Access | More UArts TRGs

Journalism in Action: The American Revolution and Early Republic
PBS NewsHour
Access interactive case study

PSN Featured Resource Sets

QFT Primary Source Lesson Plans

Speculative Annotation Tool
This new dynamic website presents items from the Library’s collections for students, teachers, and other users to annotate through captions, drawings, and other types of markmaking. | Learn more | Explore the tool | Find out how NCTE members engaged with this tool during 4 summer sessions.

TPS Teachers Network Open Primary Source Albums

Understanding the Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War Using Maps and Stereographic Images
In this new lesson from TPS Mississippi, students learn about the major events and nature of the campaign using primary source maps, stereographic images, and Ulysses S. Grant’s account of the campaign in his Memoirs.

Professional Development

*Free unless noted otherwise*


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


Women & World War II
Women & the American Story Ambassadors Program, New York Historical Society 
August 18, 3:30-4:30 pm PST
| Information & registration

Come Fly Away with Us: Exploring the Library of Congress Aeronautics Collections
Science Reference Section
August 19, 2:00-3:00 pm EST | Information | Registration Orientation
Library of Congress
Aug 26, 2:00 pm ESTInformation & registration

Early Encounters & Female Political Power
New York Historical Society
August 31, 7:30-9:00 pm EST | Information & registration


Women’s Experiences During the American Revolution
Women & the American Story Ambassadors Program, New York Historical Society
September 8, 4:00-5:00pm PST
 | Information & registration

Discover Tennessee History Day
TPS MTSU, Tennessee History Day, Tennessee Historical Society
September 14, 4:00 pm CST |  | Information | Registration


Beyond the Battles: Tennessee Civilians Through Soldiers’ Eyes
TPS MTSU, The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
October 12, 4:00 pm CST |  | Information | Registration


Introduction to Elementary Inquiry using History’s Mysteries
Emerging America
November 3, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
$50 for non-member districts | Information | Registration opening soon

Investigating History: Museum Escape Room Strategies for the Classroom
TPS MTSU, Tennessee History Day, East Tennessee Historical Society
November 9, 4:00 pm CST |  | Information | Registration


Tennessee 225: Artifacts are Primary Sources Too
TPS MTSU, Tennessee State Museum
December 14, 4:00 pm CST |  | Information | Registration


225 Years of Tennessee Stories: Primary Sources and Resources Celebrating the 16th State
TPS MTSU, Tennessee State Library and Archives
January 11, 4:00 pm CST |  | Information | Registration

Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students
Emerging America
January 12, 26, February 9, 2022, 4:00-5:00 pm EST
Fee – 22.5 PDPs (MA), 1 grad credit from Westfield State University available for an additional fee | Information | Registration opening soon


Introduction to Elementary Inquiry using History’s Mysteries
Emerging America
February 9, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
$50 for non-member districts | Information | Registration not yet available

Tennessee State Parks and the History of Water in Tennessee
TPS MTSU, Tennessee State Parks
February 08, 4:00 pm CST |  | Information | Registration


Tennesseans at War During WWII
March 08, 4:00 pm CST |  | Information | Registration

America and World Fascism – From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond
Peter Carroll, Stanford University; Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College; Rich Cairn, Emerging America
March 10, 17, 31, April 7, 2022, 4:00-5:15 pm EST
$42.50 for member districts and $50 for non-member districts – 22.5 PDPs (MA), 1 grad credit from Westfield State University available for an additional fee | Information | Registration not yet available


TPS Micro-credentials
National Education Association, Citizen U, Emerging America, Inquiry in the Upper Midwest
Online, asynchronous with support group on the TPS Teachers Network
Free for NEA members, $75 for all others | Access

Teaching with Primary Sources in the Elementary Classroom
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Collaborative for Educational Services, Mars Hill University, TPS Midwest Region
Online, asynchronous
Free for Ed Leaders Network members, including all Illinois public school educators | Information


Fundamentals of Primary Source Instruction & Advanced Primary Source Instruction
TPS Illinois State, TPS Midwest Region
Asynchronous, Fall semester
25 Professional Development Hours (IL) each | Information | Registration

History’s Mysteries Institute: Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom
Emerging America
Mostly asynchronous, October 4 – December 6; synchronous webinars October 4 & December 6, 4:00-5:15 pm EST
Fee – 67.5 PDPs (MA), 3 grad credits from Westfield State University available for an additional fee
Registration deadline: September 27 | Information | Registration opening soon

Accessing Inquiry for Multilingual Learners through Primary Sources
Emerging America
Mostly asynchronous, October 29 – December 10; synchronous webinar November 3, 4:00-5:15 pm EST
Fee – 22.5 PDPs (MA), 1 grad credit from Westfield State University available for an additional fee
Registration deadline: October 22 | Information | Registration opening soon


Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources
Emerging America
Mostly asynchronous, January 14 – February 23, 2022; synchronous webinar January 19, 2022, 4:00-5:15 pm EST
Fee – 22.5 PDPs (MA), 1 grad credit from Westfield State University available for an additional fee
Registration deadline: January 7 | Information | Registration opening soon

History’s Mysteries Institute: Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom
Emerging America
Mostly asynchronous, February 28 – April 4, 2022; synchronous webinars February 28 & April 4, 4:00-5:15 pm EST
Fee – 67.5 PDPs (MA), 3 grad credits from Westfield State University available for an additional fee
Information | Registration not yet available

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