May 20, 2022

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

Last Updated on May 20, 2022



Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Grants
The Library of Congress recently awarded three Connecting Communities Digital Initiative grants totaling more than $250,000. The 2022 awardees—Huston-Tillotson University in Texas, Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky, and Maya Cade, founder of the Black Film Archive in New York—will use these funds to support imaginative uses, remixes, and reuses of the Library’s digital collections centering on the lives, histories, and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. | Learn more about the grantees.

TPS Consortium

Action Citizen Seeks Student Opinions
Action Citizen is looking for 5th-12th grade students to complete a short 6-question survey regarding their interest in various environmental issues. The survey does not collect emails or other personal information. Data will be used to determine the final topics for the mini game portion of the Action Citizen TPS project. Share the survey link with kids, relatives, neighbors, and teacher friends.

Content Teachers Take Your Seat at the Table: How to Empower Students by Participating in IEP and 504 Team Meetings
Read this guest post by Laurel Peltier, Collaborative for Educational Services, on the Emerging America blog.

How to Tell News Fact from Fiction, Even During a War
The Stanford History Education Group’s Civic Online Reasoning curriculum was featured in this article from The Wall Street Journal. | Read (subscription required; access may be available with a school or public library account)

Learning to Teach Social Studies Inquiry and Writing with Primary Sources to English Learners and Students of Color
This TPS project team’s recent research on teacher thinking and instructional practices indicated three things that contribute to high-quality student discourse during social studies inquiries with sources.

  1. Discussions about sources are integrated throughout the disciplinary work of inquiry with sources; they are not special events.
  2. Teachers focus on students’ disciplinary thinking in substantive and specific ways, assume students’ competence, and take responsibility for supporting students through challenges.
  3. Teachers’ uptake of students’ ideas and distribution of opportunities to talk across the phases of inquiry with sources relate more strongly with student outcomes and teacher thinking than simply offering opportunities to talk.

Seeking Teacher Input on Disability History
Whether or not you currently teach Disability History, please complete (and pass around) a short survey to help Emerging America at the Collaborative for Educational Services to document the extent of Disability History education in the U.S. | Take the survey.



Livestream Concerts & Performances

TPS Consortium

National Council for the Social Studies Summer Institute
NCSS invites social studies methods professors to the Inquiry and Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Institute. Attendees will meet June 16-17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center to pilot chapters from an online methods text currently under development. TPS Consortium members are invited to share this opportunity with their networks. | Information | Registration

National Council for the Social Studies 102nd Annual Conference
NCSS is excited to welcome members and all social studies educators, administrators, and specialists from across the globe to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2-4 for the the first face-to-face conference since 2019. | Information | Registration

Opportunities & Resources


Call for Applications: Upper Elementary or Middle School Teacher in Residence Position
The Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement at the Library of Congress is seeking applications from current upper elementary or middle school teachers for one Teacher in Residence (TIR) position during the 2022-23 school year. The TIR will focus on the development of content and programs for a participatory space for youth ages 9-13 that will open in 2024. | Information | Application deadline: May 23

By the People Campaigns

TPS Consortium

Legal Timelines in American History Inquiry Kits Available for Pilot Testing
Street Law is excited to unveil a new curriculum development and piloting project that seeks to provide students with a deeper understanding of legal issues and how legal history has led to where we are today. Materials include ten sets of inquiry-based resources to promote deeper thinking around issues related to federalism and the rights of the accused. All inquiry sets include an introductory reading, at least three primary sources, an inquiry question, and an extension inquiry question. For access to the materials, available in mid-June, please fill out this form.

New Batch of TPS Micro-credentials Available
Citizen U is excited to share that four new micro-credentials are now available.

  • Connecting Primary Sources & Technology for Formative Assessment
  • Connecting Primary Sources with Historic Places
  • Pairing Primary Sources with Historical Picture Books
  • The Question Formulation Technique & Primary Sources

In addition to assembling digital portfolios and earning digital badges, educators typically can receive local/state certification of professional development credit towards license renewal, and graduate credit may be possible for a supplemental fee. TPS micro-credentials are free for NEA members in every state and Citizen U has a number vouchers valued at $75 each for non-members (apply with a valid school email). | Access the micro-credentials.

For All

National Writing Contest – Celebrating Black Writers: Voices Calling for Activism and Social Justice
The Center for Black Literature (CBL) at Medgar Evers College, in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, invites high school and college students of all ages to participate in this writing contest with cash prizes; submissions in the genres of fiction, prose, and essay are welcome. | Information & application deadline: May 23

Crossroads of History Project
This virtual professional learning experience is brought to you by the National Council of Computer Education (NCEE) and is sponsored in part by the Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region. The project will engage teachers, public librarians, youth group leaders, and adult education leaders in the use of primary sources to develop and implement informed meaningful activity plans based on civil rights and social justice issues. | Information | Registration | Contact: Shannon Davenport

Learn to Use the KidCitizen Editor
KidCitizen will offer a series of three webinars on August 2, 9, and 16, for anyone who wants to learn to create primary-source explorations for their community using the KidCitizen Editor. Learn how to build an episode that explores a single photograph and includes key elements like cropping, zooming, collecting, and creating journal activities. After each session KidCitizen’s lead designer, Bert Snow, will be available to provide help and to answer questions. The series is free and open to anyone. | Information & registration



Blog Posts


TPS Consortium 

History and Civics Accessibility as a Practical Civil Right
Access to high quality civics and history education is increasingly seen as a civil right, one that should be afforded to all students, including those with disabilities and those learning English as a second language. In this recorded webinar Rich Cairn, Emerging America; Leslie Villegas, New America; and 2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, Kimberly Eckert, outline how to translate this right from theory to practical reality. | Watch

Philadelphia Writing Project Webinar Recordings and Curriculum Collection
These new resources draw upon primary sources from the Library of Congress; argument writing approaches from the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program; and Gholdy Muhammad’s Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy Framework. | Access the webinar recordings and curriculum collection.

Voices of the Transatlantic Slave Trade: Project-based Learning Unit
In this Open Educational Resource (OER) unit, students consider life in Africa before colonization and the forced enslavement of Africans by reading from Omar Ibn Said’s autobiography and excerpts from Olaudah Equiano’s autobiography. Students examine these two stories and others for evidence of resistance, liberation, connection to culture, and shared humanity as they develop a response to the question: How can we better understand America’s past and present by listening to often omitted and unheard voices from the slave trade? Access this unit and other OER units from Educurious.

Stanford History Education Group Releases New Formative Assessments
SHEG has four new Beyond the Bubble assessments featuring Library of Congress documents.

  • Federal Labor Relations
  • Tribal Land Policies
  • U.S.-China Relations
  • U.S. Policies on Mexican Migration

Each assesses students’ content knowledge and historical thinking skills. | Access the assessments.

TPS Teachers Network Discussions

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Professional Development
*Free and online synchronous sessions unless noted otherwise*WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS


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
Access request form


Parallel Primary Sources for Enhancing STEM Experiences
Library of Congress
May 12, 7:00-8:00 pm ET  | Information & registration

Jewish Americans: History and Identity
Institute for Curriculum Services
May 18 or 25, 4:30 pm PT | Information | Registration

Primary Sources and Digital Media Literacy
National Council for the Social Studies
May 19, 7:00-8:00 pm ET  | Information | Registration

Beyond the Bubble History Assessments
Stanford History Education Group
May 25, 4:00-5:00 pm PT | Information & registration


Build Your Stack: Building Book Knowledge & Classroom Libraries
National Council of Teachers of English
June 15, 7:00-8:30 pm ET | Information | Registration

Integrating Inquiry, Primary Sources, and Iowa History into K-12 Classrooms
State Historical Society of Iowa
State Historical Museum of Iowa, June 20-21, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CT | Waitlist

Science Teaching with Embedded Primary Sources
Center for Mathematics and Science Education
University of Mississippi, June 21-22, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CT
Teacher stipends provided | Information | Registration

Teaching Empathy and Media Literacy Through Primary Sources
Indiana Historical Society
9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET, $40 gift card stipend

First Amendment: Youth Voice to Action
Center on Representative Government
Indiana University, June 23, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET | Information | Registration

How the Civil War Changed Disability and American Government
Emerging America
June 30, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET; lesson-writing workshop 12:30-3:00 pm ET
$30, PDPs available | Information | Registration


Teaching Empathy and Media Literacy Through Primary Sources
Indiana Historical Society
9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET, $40 gift card stipend


KidCitizen Editor Workshops
August 2, 9, and 16; 7:30-8:30 pm ET | Information & registration 



TPS Micro-credentials
National Education Association, Citizen U, Emerging America, Inquiry in the Upper Midwest, Right Question Institute, TPS Western Region
Asynchronous with support group on the TPS Teachers Network
Free for NEA members, $75 for all others (non-members may apply for a free voucher with a valid school email) | Access micro-credentials

TPS Basics
TPS Eastern Region
Asynchronous | Information | Registration

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


ICS Virtual Summer Institutes: Arab-Israeli Conflict
Institute for Curriculum Services
$50 refundable deposit and $150 stipend | Information

  • Mississippi: June 6-8, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET | Application
  • Southern California: June 13-15, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | Application
  • Northern California: July 26-28, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | Application
  • Central-Eastern: July 27-29, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm CT | Application
  • Western: August 1-3, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | Application
  • Michigan: August 15-17, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET | Application
  • New York: August 22-24, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET | Application

NCSS Inquiry and Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Institute for Methods Professors
National Council for the Social Studies
Minneapolis, MN; June 16-17, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm CT | Information | Registration

Invitational Summer Institute on Writing and Literacy: Supporting Civically Engaged Argument Writing with Primary Sources
Philadelphia Writing Project
Philadelphia, PA and online; June 4, June 21-24, June 27 – July 1, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm ET
Free tuition credit for Philadelphia teachers – 1 CE (3 semester hours) + ACT 48 Credits; $150 book fee
Information | Application deadline: June 1

Enduring Connections: Primary Sources and Project-Based Learning
Maryland Humanities
Salisbury University, MD, June 27 – July 1
$50 travel stipend + complimentary breakfast and lunch each day; optional on-campus housing $37/night
3 MSDE CPD credits | Information & application

Advanced Invitational Summer Institute on Writing and Literacy: Making Visible the Hidden Histories of African American Women Leaders in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Writing Project
Philadelphia, PA; June 27 – July 1, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET
Free tuition credit for Philadelphia teachers – 1 CE (3 semester hours) + ACT 48 Credits; $150 book fee
Information | Application deadline: June 1

Primary Sources and Performance: Developing Student Empathy with Documentary Theatre
Mars Hill University-TPS, the Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, Ping Chong & Co
Mars Hill, NC; June 27 – July 01 | Information & registration deadline: May 31

Engaging the Long Arc of the Civil Rights Movement
University of South Carolina Teaching with Primary Sources
Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta, GA; July 7-8
$75 includes admittance to all sessions and field trip options, evening reception, and continental breakfast & lunch | Registration

Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students
Emerging America
Mostly asynchronous, July 8-29; synchronous webinars July 12, 19, 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 | Information | Registration deadline: July 01

Writing-based Teaching
Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; July 10-15 | Information | Registration
$2,500 | $3,000 after June 10 | scholarship applicationdeadline June 1

Planting Seeds, Sowing Knowledge: Introduction to Primary Sources through Botanical Illustration
University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA; July 11-15, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm ET
$50 non-refundable registration fee; graduate credit available at 50% reduced tuition rate | Information & registration

Inquiry, Creativity, & Story: Teaching with Primary Sources
Local Learning
Oklahoma State University, Tulsa; July 18-21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm CT
$25 registration fee | Information | Registration

Igniting Inquiry: Discovering the Stories Primary Sources Tell
University of the Arts
July 18-29, 9:00-11:00 am ET
$50 non-refundable registration fee; graduate credit available at 50% reduced tuition rate | Information & registration

NASA and the Space Race
National Council of History Education
Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL; July 19-21
$500 stipend + 1-year NCHE membership; breakfast and lunch provided | Information | Registration

History’s Mysteries Institute
Emerging America
July 25-29, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
$350 (discount for member districts) – 67.5 PDPs (MA), 3 Westfield State University grad credits available for additional fee | Information & registration deadline: July 18

Primary Sources and Project-Based Learning
Maryland Humanities
National Archives, Washington, D.C.; July 25-29 | Information & registration
$50 stipend + complimentary breakfast and lunch each day

NCTE Members Homecoming
National Council of Teachers of English
Louisville, KY; July 29-31
Information | Registration | Scholarship application deadline: May 20

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