September 11, 2022

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

Last Updated on August 12, 2022


2022 National Book Festival
The National Book Festival returns to the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, September 3. A selection of programs will be livestreamed, and video of all presentations can be viewed online after the Festival concludes. View the Festival schedule.
Additionally, enjoy an early literary taste of the Festival on PBS Books, which will host a series of virtual interviews with some of the festival’s featured authors in August on PBS Books.

  • August 15, 8 pm ET: “Flying the Coops” with Lucina Roy & “The Monsters We Defy” with Leslye Penelope
  • August 16, 8 pm ET: “Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers” with Juliet Menéndez
  • August 17, 8 pm ET: “Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer” with Kate Clifford Larson
  • August 18, 6 pm ET: “Horse: A Novel” with Geraldine Brooks
  • August 23, 8 pm ET: “How the Word is Passed” with Clint Smith
  • August 29, 8 pm ET: “Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us” with Rachel Aviv
  • August 30, 8 pm ET: “More Than You’ll Ever Know: A Novel” with Katie Gutierrez

A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole with Peter DeCraene
In a farewell post on the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Peter DeCraene tells the tale of his learning adventure during two years of noticing, thinking, and wondering. | Read

TPS Consortium

Honoring Two of Colorado’s Greatest Golfers
When the inaugural CommonGround Classic golf tournament tees off in Aurora, Colorado, at the end of August, it will do so in honor of two of Colorado’s greatest golfers from the game’s early days: Ella Moffat McLaughlin and Frances Moffat. TPS Western Region Executive Director Peggy O’Neill-Jones shares the story of these trailblazing sisters in The Colorado Magazine. | Read



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In Pursuit of Equity Online Summit
This 2022 Equity Summit from the National Council for History Education and the National Council for the Social Studies will foster actively engaged and informed communities, fueled by the power of history. Multiple communities will engage in deliberative discussions about opportunities for and challenges to equity in the United States’ past, present, and future. Drawing upon the complex history of race, ethnicity, enslavement, poverty, and immigration in the American experience, sessions will emphasize opportunities, activism, and student empowerment. | Date: September 24 | Information | Registration

K-12 Disability History Curriculum Updates
Emerging America at the Collaborative for Educational Services will hold an orientation for the draft Reform to Equal Rights curriculum on September 28, 4:00-5:00 pm ET. | Orientation registration deadline: September 26


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TPS Consortium

Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Seeks Project Assistant
MCSS is hiring a part-time project assistant for the English Learner Collaborations project. This mostly remote position will begin in October and will require 8-10 hours of work per week. It is open to applicants of all ages and career stages. If you know someone in Massachusetts who is interested in inclusion, especially extending the reach of primary sources to multilingual learners, please direct them to send an email cover letter and resume to | Priority consideration deadline: September 5

Crossroads of History Project
The Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) is offering two fall cohorts—September 26-October 31  & October 24-November 30for this project that uses primary sources from the Library of Congress to develop and implement activity plans based on social justice and civil rights issues. The Crossroads of History is a completely virtual professional learning experience for educators across the spectrum in the TPS Western Region: PreK-16 educational professionals, including pre-service teachers; public librarians; and leaders of tribal youth groups, faith-based youth groups, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, before- and after-school programs, adult education leadership programs, and other “outside-the-classroom” programs. | Information | Registration

Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Personal Learning Community
The MCSS is supporting a PLC between history/social studies & English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers on using primary sources in ESL classes and language development in social studies classes. Five one-hour virtual sessions will be held from October to February. MCSS also seeks ESL teachers to pilot sample lessons featuring primary sources for elementary, middle, and high school. Participants in the PLC and in pilots will receive stipends. | Application deadline: September 30 | Contact: Alison Noyes


Disability History Primary Source Sets & Teaching Ideas
Ellie Kaplan, a Library of Congress 2022 Junior Fellow, put together a number of disability history primary source sets accompanied by activity suggestions. Click the links below to dig into these and then watch this video to learn more about Ellie’s work at the Library.

Over 3,000 Historical and Contemporary Legal Reports Now Online
These research reports on legal topics, with an emphasis on foreign, comparative, and international law, were written in response to requests from Congress, the executive and judicial branches of the federal government, and others. Additionally, the Law Library is publishing new legacy reports nearly every week. | Learn more | Access the archive

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Exploring Primary Sources in Ethnic Studies
The Houston Independent School District held a summer institute in partnership with Rice University’s Boniuk Institute. Twenty secondary social studies teachers met for over a week to participate in seminars with historians, explore the Library of Congress digital archives, and develop lessons on African American and Mexican American history using the Inquiry Design Model. The teacher-created inquiries are available on the project website and will also be available on the TPS Teachers Network.

The Question Formulation Technique Primary Source Lesson Plans
Don’t miss QFT lesson plans using primary sources from the Library of Congress developed by educators who participated in an online course hosted by the Right Question Institute.

TPS Micro-credentials: License Renewal, Salary Advancement, and Graduate Credit
Did you know that educators in many states can earn credit towards license renewal and salary advancement for successfully completed TPS micro-credentials? Additionally, NEA members in some states may also receive graduate credit for a low fee. Check out the state information list. Citizen U also encourages anyone with information to help fill in this list to contact us.

Teaching the Civil Rights Movement with the Georgia Historical Marker Program Focused Inquiries
Teacher participants in this TPS grant project constructed lessons based on the Inquiry Design Model. Each inquiry features an investigation of the struggle for civil and human rights in Georgia with historical markers from the Georgia Historical Marker Program’s Georgia Civil Rights Trail and primary sources from the Georgia Historical Society and the Library of Congress. Enhancing student understanding of an era in which religion, education, politics, and free enterprise intersected to end Jim Crow and secure civil rights for African Americans, these classroom-ready investigations explore local, state, and national stories from Reconstruction through the late twentieth century. Access them on the project website or on the TPS Teachers Network.

TPS Teachers Network Album Tutorial
Don’t miss this fabulous informative, not to mention beautiful, TPSTN album tutorial
 created by the TPS Western Region. View the tutorial in fullscreen here. Albums serve as a venue to store primary and secondary sources of every media type, develop lesson ideas, record teaching notes, collaborate with colleagues, and export a complete and attractive package of teaching ideas and resources. Not a TPSTN member? Join now!

UnErasing LGBTQ History and Identities: A Podcast for Teachers
This podcast provides real-world advice and reasonable, practical strategies on how teachers can create LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms. It is funded by the New York City Council Committee on Education and developed by History UnErased in partnership with Making Gay History. | Listen

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


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


Mindful Writing Series
National Council of Teachers of English & Scholar Alexandra Peary
Mondays, 7:00-8:15 pm ET | Free for NCTE members, $10 for non-members
Information & registration

September 12: Monkey Mind

  • September 19: Impermanence
  • September 26: Interbeing

Teaching with Primary Sources Teacher and Student Workshop
Texas State Historical Association
September 17, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm CT
Geared towards teachers of grades 4-12; high school teachers may invite 1 student in grade 10 or 11

  • Bryan/College Station, Texas – Stephen F. Austin Middle School, Bryan Independent School District | Registration
  • Edinburg, Texas – University of Texas-Rio Grande | Registration

An Introduction to Islam in Africa
Library of Congress
September 22, 3:30-6:00 pm ET | Information | Event link

Teaching with Primary Sources Teacher and Student Workshop
Texas State Historical Association
September 24, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm CT; Denton, Texas – University of North Texas-Denton Registration
Geared towards teachers of grades 4-12; high school teachers may invite 1 student in grade 10 or 11


Mindful Writing: Downgrade Doubt & Procrastination
National Council of Teachers of English & Scholar Alexandra Peary
October 03, 7:00-8:15 pm ET | Free for students from middle school to college | Information & registration

Teaching with Primary Sources Teacher and Student Workshop
Texas State Historical Association
October 08, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm CT
Geared towards teachers of grades 4-12; high school teachers may invite 1 student in grade 10 or 11

  • Waco, Texas – Baylor University | Registration
  • Nacogdoches, Texas – Stephen F. Austin State University | Registration

Contemporary Islamic Culture in Africa and the Middle East
Library of Congress
October 20, 3:30-6:00 pm ET Information | Event link


Islam in East Africa (Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania)
Library of Congress
November 10, 3:30-6:00 pm ET | Information | Event link



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

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Primary Source Questions
Right Question Institute
Asynchronous self-paced online learning modules | Access


  • ICS Virtual Summer Institutes: Arab-Israeli Conflict
    Institute for Curriculum Services
    New York: August 22-24, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET | Application
    $50 refundable deposit and $150 stipend | Information


Crossroads of History Project Cohorts
Northwest Council for Computer Education
Synchronous & asynchronous; free for people located in the TPS Western Region
Information | Registration

  • Cohort 3: September 26 – October 03
  • Cohort 4: October 24 – November 30

2022 National History Day in Colorado Master Teacher Workshops & Showcase
University of Colorado Denver
In person in the Denver area and synchronous virtual sessions
CEUs and graduate credit possible; some scholarship assistance available
Information & application

  • Session 1: In-person September 30, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm MT and online October 03-06, 6:30-7:30 pm MT
  • Session 2: In-person October 21, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm MT and online October 24-27, 6:30-7:30 pm MT
  • Teacher Showcase: November 04

TPS Leadership Institute
TPS Eastern Region
Wednesdays, October 12 – November 16, 5:30-6:30 pm ET | Information & registration

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