June 8, 2022

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

Last Updated on June 8, 2022


From Intern to Employee: Celia Roskin, the Newest Addition to the Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives Office
Follow Celia’s journey in this post on the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Then check out the fantastic contributions she has made as a mentor on the TPS Teachers Network.

TPS Consortium

Digitally Writing New Histories
This professional development project, funded by the TPS Midwest Region, was developed to bring primary sources, the C3 Framework, and literacy practices to lifeRead about the project in the Spring 2022 issue of The Great Lakes Social Studies Journal.

Learning to Teach Social Studies Inquiry and Writing with Primary Sources to English Learners and Students of Color
Current research on language learning shows that “translanguaging” supports bilingual learners to share what they know in the language they choose. In this University of Michigan research and professional development project, 6th- and 8th-grade classroom teachers invited newcomers to English to use their Arabic language resources along with English. Team findings are highlighted below.

  1. Prior to this invitation, students used Arabic mainly for off-topic talk, helping peers, and translating words.
  2. The Read.Inquire.Write curriculum and bilingual/biliterate teacher and peer support were important for making source content available in Arabic.
  3. With supports and encouragement to use Arabic, students used both languages to talk about sources and contribute to classroom knowledge.

Teaching Civic Online Reasoning Across the Curriculum
Stanford History Education Group is working to integrate digital literacy across the curriculumread the article from School Administrator magazine.



June 16

  • Vera Rubin, Trailblazing Astronomer and Advocate for Women in Science, 12:00-1:00 pm ET | Information & registration
  • The Most Improbable War: Legal Transformations in Ukraine and Russia Before and During the Invasion, 2:00-3:00 pm ET | Information & registration
  • Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI) Grant Opportunity for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 4:00-5:00 pm ET | Information & registration

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Call for Applications: Young Readers Center and Programs Lab TPS Internships
The Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives Office (PLOI) has pushed back the application deadline for the fall TPS internships to Sunday, July 3. Every fall and winter semester, undergraduate and graduate students (or those who have completed their degrees up to six months prior) work onsite and remotely with Library of Congress staff and TPS Consortium members to connect the Library’s primary sources to students and teachers. Interns working remotely receive $500 monthly stipends. Onsite interns receive a monthly stipend and may be eligible for additional funds to help cover some expenses. Please spread the word to students who might be interested in preparing for employment or graduate school with a Library of Congress internship experience! | Information & application instructions

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.

States Providing Credit for License Renewal and/or Salary Advancement for Successfully Completed NEA TPS Micro-credentials 
Are you looking for state/district/school sanctioned professional development that awards credits to apply towards license renewal and/or salary advancement? Nearly half of all U.S. states have policies that currently allow NEA TPS Micro-credentials to count towards license renewal and/or salary advancement. Access the list. If you have information to help fill out this list further, contact us.


Local Connections with Primary Sources from Your State
Get teaching ideas for using the Library’s state primary source sets in this blog post from Teaching with the Library of Congress. Then check out these state curated resource sets available from the Citizen U Primary Source Nexus teaching and learning resource portal.

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TPS Consortium 

QFT Primary Sources Online Modules
The Right Question Institute (RQI) has launched a series of four, self-paced on-demand modules and a resource library for teachers seeking to use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) with primary sources. Click this link to find resources and learning opportunities for teachers and professional development providers, including a collection of sample lesson plans, instructional videos, and lesson planning tools. Additionally, check out the NEA TPS micro-credential: The Question Formulation Technique & Primary Sources.

Timely Connections: Second Amendment & Gun Control
Investigate Library primary sources and teaching resources with a curated resource set on this timely topic.

TPS Teachers Network Discussions

*Must join / login to participate except for albums, which are freely available


Professional Development
*Free and online synchronous sessions 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
Access request form


Creating Better Open Educational Resources: Best Practices in Fair Use in English Language Arts
National Council of Teachers of English
June 9, 7:00-8:00 pm ET
 | Information | Registration (free account required)

Educators’ Guide to Teaching with Primary Sources and Tennessee History Day
Tennessee Historical Society
June 15, 4:30-5:30 pm CT | 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 (free account required)

Digital Literacy in the ELA Classroom Series: Strategies for Creating an Equitable Digital Classroom
National Council of Teachers of English
June 16, 7:00-8:30 pm ET | Information | Registration (free account required)

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 deadline: June 23


The Social Studies Collective: Teaching for Equity with Primary Sources 
July 12, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm PT; includes pre- and post-workshop work
$200 stipend + 2 project-based lessons | Information | Application deadline: July 1

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


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

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

TPS Leadership Institute 
TPS Eastern Region
Thursdays, July 7 – August 11, 5:30-6:30 pm ET | 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 (additional fee) | Information | Registration deadline: July 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 professional development hours | 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 (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

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

  • 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

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