January 12, 2022

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

Last Updated on January 12, 2022

News & Events


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Jason Reynolds: Grab The Mic: Welcome to 2022
Read the uplifting blog post.

Library of Congress Exhibitions: Online & In-person

  • Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784
    Buell’s wall map, unusually large for an engraving at that time, contains a beautifully designed cartouche, rich in symbolism of the emerging new nation. However, the map, derived from other published sources, contains no original cartographic material. The other maps included in this exhibition may have served as sources for Buell’s 1784 map. Also on display is a map of the country by William McMurray, which is the second map published in the United States. | Access
  • Geppi Gems
    When Stephen A. Geppi opened the Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2006, he sought to show how comic books—much like newspapers, television, motion pictures, music and sports—have shaped and influenced the culture of the United States. When the Geppi Entertainment Museum closed its doors in 2018, Mr. Geppi generously donated a large portion of its contents to the Library of Congress, which now honors his generosity with a selection of the collection’s gems. They represent themes from the museum, including Walt Disney’s iconic characters, westerns, superheroes, science fiction, horror, sports, music, and entertainment. | Access

TPS Consortium

Indiana University Receives “A More Perfect Union” Grant
The Indiana University Center on Representative Government recently received this Indiana Humanities grant in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant is part of the upcoming celebration of our nation’s 250th birthday. Indiana’s grant project, The First Amendment: Giving Youth a Voice to Action, will provide a one-day workshop for Indiana teachers in June. During the workshop teachers will receive training in ways to implement active citizenship strategies. Contact Elizabeth Osborn for more information.

New Training Modules for Mississippi K-12 Teachers 
Jackson State University will provide a series of spring training modules for local K-12 teachers focused on developing social studies lesson plans, activities, and best practices for students with diverse needs utilizing Library of Congress primary sources. Contact La’Keshia Opara-Nadi for more information.



Library of Congress Literacy Awards Successful Practices Webinar Series
The four-part webinar series convenes winners of this year’s Library of Congress Literacy Awards to discuss pressing and significant topics in the literacy field and share lessons learned, successes, and other insights. The first session, was held on December 9 and upcoming sessions are listed below; click the links to learn more and register for the sessions.

TPS Consortium

Celebrate 100 Years of the National Council for the Social Studies
NCSS is concluding its centennial year with a special virtual professional development conference from February 1-6. Tuesday-Friday, February 1-4 will feature special 100th anniversary programs and pre-recorded sessions. Saturday-Sunday, February 5-6 will feature keynote speakers and live sessions. | Learn more

Teacher Librarian Day(s): Creating a Learning Oasis
The TPS Western Region hold its 18th annual professional development conference online from February 21st – 25th, 2022. The week will include a mix of live keynote sessions, on-demand teaching materials, and hands-on learning opportunities focusing on how primary sources can enliven and enrich classroom instruction. Live sessions will be recorded and posted throughout the week for attendees who are unable to join at the scheduled time. | Learn more

Opportunities & Resources


By the People Campaigns

TPS Consortium

Rural Educators Needed to Help Create Shakespeare Study Guides 
Time Out of Joint: Prison Reflections on Shakespeare is a program based on a documentary film in which prisoners react to global Shakespeare films and engage in deep conversations about manhood, honor, family, misogyny, forgiveness, redemption, and love. As a new TPS project, TOOJ is looking for a team of teachers from rural counties, particularly those with Native, Black or Latinx students. These teachers will meet with TOOJ’s formerly incarcerated educators in small groups to create study guides. Each study guide will have a different focus, and be based on using primary sources from the Library of Congress. The time commitment is reasonable and participating teachers will receive an honorarium. If interested, contact project director Steve Rowland by January 30.

Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Invites Input
The MCSS and its partners invite input as they develop an extension on the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap on history and civics education of Multilingual Americans. To participate, contact Rich Cairn by January 31. 

History Project at UC Irvine Is Hiring an Associate Director
The History Project Associate Director will develop and implement ethnic studies and history-social science professional learning for K-12 teachers in schools and districts served by the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP). The Associate Director will help facilitate a network of scholars, educators, and researchers to partner with teachers and administrators who currently, or plan to, offer ethnic studies as a separate course and those who are integrating ethnic studies into other history-social science courses. | More information | Application deadline: January 31

Career Opportunities from the Institute for Curriculum Services
ICS is seeking experienced educators to serve as New York, Northeast, and Western Regional Educators. ICS is a national nonprofit initiative based in San Francisco, CA, dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 education on Jews, Judaism, Jewish history, and Israel in the United States through development of standards-aligned curricula and teacher training around the country. | Learn more

Eugenics Unit Pilot 
The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) has drafted a high school unit on the American eugenics movement as part of a new K-12 Disability History curriculum. CES seeks teachers to pilot the eugenics unit and seven others. For more information, contact Rich Cairn by January 31. 

Call for Chapter Proposals for The Educator’s Handbook for Teaching with Primary Sources
This book is under contract with Teachers College Press and will provide teachers and teacher candidates with necessary background theory on teaching with primary sources as well as detailed and specific perspectives, activities, approaches, and resources to effectively teach with primary sources. As the target audience is PreK-12 educators and teacher candidates, the editor invites practitioners, academics, and collaborative authorship teams to submit proposals focusing on any topics of importance to effective and authentic teaching with primary sources. | More information | Proposal deadline: January 31

Rethinking American Feminism: 1948-1977
The New-York Historical Society is collaborating with the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring a hybrid institute to 30 teachers in grades K-12. It includes 2 weeks in person at the New-York Historical Society from July 11-22, 2022; virtual evening sessions on September 20, October 18, and November 15, 2022; and a culminating virtual weekend on January 14-15, 2023. Educators will work with 19 guest scholars, filmmakers, and activists to explore the history of feminism in 20th-century America. Participants will receive a stipend of $2,850 in exchange for completing all parts of the institute. Information & applicationdeadline March 1.

Feedback Sought for Uncovering Miller Grove
The first online Underground Railroad module with 3D-scanned artifacts, Uncovering Miller Grove, developed by The Geographies of Resilience Project, is now available and currently under beta testing before its use with middle schoolers in a few months. The module utilizes web-based tools such as H5P technology to support students’ identification and analysis of artifacts uncovered at Miller Grove, an abandoned African American settlement in southernmost Illinois with suspected ties to the Underground Railroad. Please send feedback to project director Dr. Grant Miller by April 1.



Blog Posts


This Month in Business History
Compiled by specialists in Business Reference Services at the Library of Congress, this guide highlights stories about the people, places, and events that made their mark on business history. | Access

TPS Consortium 

Citizen U Multidisciplinary Civics Lesson Library Adds 12 New Lessons
Ten are middle or high school lessons utilizing the Inquiry Design Model sourced from the TPS Eastern Region Ideas, Activities, and Plans database; one is an elementary or middle school lesson from the Our American Voice Schools Program; and another is a middle or high school lesson from the Primary Source Nexus. There are now nearly 200 lessons overall. If there’s a lesson you’d like to have added, please review the inclusion criteria, then contact Julie Schaul.

New Primary Source Sets from Inquiry in the Upper Midwest
The sets—Youth MovementsResistance, Resiliency, and Joy; and School Gardens—were developed by Angela Bianco, the 2021 teacher-in-residence and a fourth-grade teacher in Minnesota. Each set includes historical context and culturally relevant pedagogy connections.

New Resources from History’s Mysteries
New units

  • Grade 2: How does culture impact the way people live? (4 mysteries with a focus on forced migration and the story of the Clotilda Africans)
  • Grade 3: How did women participate in the American Revolution? (3 mysteries)
  • Grade 4: Why would people live in the Northeast? (4 mysteries)
  • Grade 5: Why is due process so important to American justice? (3 mysteries)

New Introduction to Inquiry Mysteries

  • K-1: What can you learn from a hat? (focuses on what we can learn from the hats people wear)
  • 2-3: What are these children doing? (focuses on a photograph of young people out of school during the 1918 influenza pandemic)
  • 4-5: What can we learn from someone’s pockets? (focuses on items in President Lincoln’s pockets on the night he was assassinated)

The Question Game: Creating Questions about Primary Sources
Library of Congress Educational Resource Specialist Stacie Moats outlines an engaging game using the Library’s Free to Use and Reuse sets to help students practice questioning skills. | Access the blog post, then contribute to a related conversation on the TPS Teachers Network started by TPSTN Mentor Susan Allen.

Using the Library of Congress & Local Archives in Student Research and Historical Argumentation
Recordings of these four virtual professional development sessions hosted by the Rhode Island Historical Society are now available. Although the sessions were aimed at middle and high school teachers who take part in National History Day, the topics covered are beneficial for any teacher guiding students in research using primary sources. Additional presenting organizations include National History Day, RI State Archives, RI Black Heritage Society, and Tomaquag Museum. | Access

TPS Teachers Network Discussions

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Professional Development
*Free unless noted otherwise*


Virtual Student Workshops
Library of Congress
Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm ET, except for federal holidays, on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to staff availability | Information | Request form


Songs and the Labor Movement
January 13 4:00-5:00 pm CT
Email Kira Duke to registerFinding Pictures: New to See and Discover at the Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
January 19 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Information & registration

Pa’lante: Onward With Art
January 27, 2:00-5:00 pm PT & January 29, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm PT with 30-minute lunch break | Information | Application priority deadline: January 17
$200 stipend; geared towards high school educators


Writing-Based Teaching Online
Institute for Writing and Thanking at Bard
February 04 or March 04, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm ET
Fee $475 or $427.50 if registration is received 1 month in advance
Information | Registration

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

Introduction to Elementary Inquiry using History’s Mysteries
Emerging America
February 09, 4:00-5:30 pm ET
$50 | Information | Registration deadline: February 24Frances Perkins and the Role of the Secretary of Labor
February 17 4:00-5:00 pm CT
Email Kira Duke to register


Make Your Civic Engagement Inclusive
Emerging America
March 03, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm ET
$127.50 for member districts, and $150 for non-member districts – 10 PDPs (MA)
Registration deadline: February 24 | Information & registration

Tennesseans at War During WWII
TPS Middle Tennessee State University
March 08, 4:00 pm ET |  | Information | Registration



TPS Micro-credentials
National Education Association, Citizen U, Emerging America, Inquiry in the Upper Midwest
Asynchronous with support group on the TPS Teachers Network
Free for NEA members, $75 for all others though free coupon codes are available
Access micro-credentials

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


Women of the Americas: Early Encounters and Entangled Histories
National Humanities Center
Asynchronous, January 24 – March 04
$125 – 35 professional development hours | Information & registration

Professional Development Providers Institute
TPS Eastern Region
Weekly Wednesday meetings January 26 – March 02, 5:30-6:30 pm ET
Information | Registration

Science Teaching with Embedded Primary Sources (STEPS) Project
University of Mississippi
Asynchronous, February 04 – April 04
$30 deposit – 1.2 CEUs | Information | Registration deadline: January 31

Teacher Librarian Days: Creating a Learning Oasis
TPS Western Region
February 21-25, live resources webinars 11:30 am MT and evening keynotes
Information & registration

History’s Mysteries Institute: Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom
Emerging America
Mostly asynchronous, February 28 – April 04; synchronous webinars February 28 & April 04, 4:00-5:15 pm ET
$350 (-$52.50 for member districts) – 67.5 PDPs (MA), 3 Westfield State University grad credits available for an additional fee
Information | Registration deadline: February 21


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 07, 4:00-5:15 pm ET
$50 (-$7.50 for member districts) – 22.5 PDPs (MA), 1 Westfield State University grad credit available for an additional fee
Information | Registration deadline: February 24

Diversity and Collaborative Knowledge Institute
New York State Archives Partnership Trust
March 24, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET
In person for WNY educators only

Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations
Emerging America
Mostly asynchronous, April 19 – May 24; synchronous webinars April 26 and May 10, 4:00-5:15 pm ET
$230 (-$34.50 for member districts) – 22.5 PDPs (MA), 1 Westfield State University grad credit available for an additional fee
Information & registration deadline: April 12


Documentary Theatre Summer Institute at Mars Hill University
Mars Hill University-TPS, the Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, and Ping Chong & Co
Mars Hill, NC, June 27 – July 01
Contact Bridget Morton for more information and registration details

Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students
Emerging America
Mostly asynchronous, July 8-29; synchronous webinars July 12, 19 and 26, 4:00-5:00 pm ET
$230 (discount for member districts) – 22.5 PDPs (MA), 1 Westfield State University grad credit available for an additional fee
Registration deadline: July 01 | Information & registration

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