September 14, 2022

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

Last Updated on September 14, 2022


2022 Literacy Award Winners and Honorees
Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden has selected 3 top winners and 12 Successful Practices Honorees for this year. Read all about it!

Jason Reynolds: He’s Back! 
Find out what he did this summer and his plans for the school year in the September 2022 Grab the Mic Newsletter. | Read

TPS Consortium

Reigniting Purpose with Primary Sources: Healing and Thriving for Educators
DePaul University’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning (OIPL) and Barat Education Foundation (BEF) facilitated the TPS Racial Equity and Empowerment program with teachers and middle school students from underserved communities. This program utilizes primary sources with the Library’s primary source analysis tool alongside the RISE inquiry method to integrate equity, unpack bias, and strengthen empowerment for students and teachers. The program will continue to be offered throughout this academic year and will include parents/guardians in the sessions. | Contact

Re-Structured Read.Inquire.Write. Curriculum Website
The University of Michigan TPS team has restructured the Read.Inquire.Write. investigation webpages to facilitate use of the site and materials. Each investigation page has five sections: (1) Prepare to Teach, (2) Student Materials, (3) Materials Accommodated for Language Learners, (4) Assessment, and (5) Standards Alignment. Language learner materials are provided in English, Spanish, and Arabic. | Access

Successful Summer KidCitizen Editor Workshop
A lively group of teachers, librarians, and media makers joined Bert Snow over three Tuesdays in August to learn how to create their own episodes using the cloud-based KidCitizen Editor. Participants worked through creating a working episode with all the main types of interactions. If the prospect of learning to use the KidCitizen Editor intrigues you, they’ll run another series next year. Stay tuned for upcoming do-it-yourself help videos that will be featured on the KidCitizen website.


TPS Consortium

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


By the People & Service Learning
Do your students have a service learning requirement? By the People invites learners of all ages to become virtual volunteers for the Library of Congress, exploring and transcribing historical documents to make them searchable and accessible for future researchers. Volunteers gain firsthand experience deciphering and understanding primary sources and have the opportunity for real world impact on the field of history. Students can track their contributions and even download a letter from their user profile page to verify their participation. Get inspired for how students might use By the People to fulfill service learning hours in this blog post about a school transcribing club. | Contact: By the People Community Managers

By the People Campaigns

Library of Congress Teen Work Study Program
Do you know a Washington D.C. area high school student? If so, let them know about this progressive, career development employment program that combines paid on-the-job training and career development activities with classroom trainingApplicants must be at least 16 years old, U.S. citizens, enrolled in a local high school within a 45 minute commute of the Library, and able to work a part-time daytime schedule during the school year—typically 1:00-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Applications are accepted year-round with appointments ending on June 30th. | More information

TPS Consortium

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

2023 National Council for History Education Conference Call for Proposals
The 2023 NCHE Conference will take place March 23-35, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Consider the questions below, then submit a proposal for a session at the spring conference. | Proposal submission deadline: September 26 | Conference website

  • Have you developed a unique strategy for teaching history that you would like to share with other educators?
  • Did you perform research that provides new insights into a historical topic?
  • Have you participated in a history institute and would like to share your knowledge with others?

2023 SOURCES Annual Conference Call for Proposals
The 2023 SOURCES Conference will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. As always, the conference is free to attend and is open to any and all educators interested in the teaching of primary sources to K-12 student populations. Presenters will provide strategies for using primary sources to help K-12 students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills, and build content knowledge around the TPS Consortium goals. | Proposal submission deadline: September 30 | Conference website

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

Virtual Book Club is Back!
A new Virtual Book Club, run in partnership by TPS-MTSU and the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, will take place from October to early March and feature the book, How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr. The virtual book club will include two synchronous meetings (one per semester at 7:00 pm ET) and an online discussion thread on the TPS Teachers Network (TPSTN) Bookmarks! groupParticipants may earn a stipend of up to $100$50 for attending both virtual meetings and $50 for posting four discussion posts, two related to the first half of the book and two related to the second half. A limited number of positions are available, so sign up now! | NOTE: You must become a member of the TPSTN to participate.


Weaving Together Primary Sources Across Institutions
Thanks to the growing online accessibility of collections and exhibits housed in other cultural institutions, TPS Consortium members have been combining primary sources beyond the Library of Congress into their projects to expand inclusivity. This summer Lee Ann Potter, director of the office of Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives at the Library, facilitated a presentation for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Education Summit. Panelists of “The Perfect Primary Source Combination” included TPS Consortium members Jessica Ellison (Inquiry in the Upper Midwest), Bridget Morton (Mars Hill University), Alison Noyes (Emerging America), and Tuyen Tran (California History-Social Science Project). | Access the recording

What’s New at
Newly digitized collections and collection updates are listed and linked below. Check out this Teaching with the Library of Congress blog post to learn about more digitized resource additions and updates.

More Disability History Albums with Activity Ideas
These resources were developed by Ellie Kaplan, a Library of Congress 2022 Junior Fellow. (If you missed the first set last month, you’ll find them in the August TPS Consortium Update.)

Blog Posts



TPS Consortium 

Celebrate with Primary Sources All Year Long
Citizen U has compiled a list with links to Library resource sets, featuring both primary and secondary sources, and teaching resources that coincide with monthly heritage and identity celebrations. So mark those special months but don’t stop there. Instead, come back to these resources time and again to give voice to diverse perspectives and celebrate inclusion all year round with primary sources! | Access

Children in Action: New KidCitizen Episode
In this interactive episode, students explore how children have helped meet community goals during times of need. They explore a photograph of children collecting scrap during World War II, then read and analyze a letter from President Franklin Roosevelt to investigate why the children were collecting scrap and how it could help their communities. Finally, students use elements they have collected from photographs to create their own scrap-recycler badge. The Kids in Action episode comes with a teacher’s guide. All KidCitizen episodes are free for students and teachers, and work on PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, and tablets. Access all episodes

History of Religion in the United States Pre-Service Teaching Guides
These guides, developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHN) at George Mason University, acknowledge the particular difficulty prospective history teachers face in teaching challenging topics. Guide topics include how religion shaped Americans’ understanding of the Civil War, religion and the labor movement, Mormons and westward expansion, and the 1916-1924 effort to develop a “Children’s Morality Code” to teach in public schools. Guides include engaging primary sources from the Library of Congress to help students as they develop a variety of projects including digital maps, exhibits, and presentations. | Access

NCTE Intellectual Freedom Center
Banned Books Week starts September 18. The National Council for Teachers of English recognizes that the freedom to read and other components of intellectual freedom are vital to literacy and NCTE’s mission. For decades, the Intellectual Freedom Center has provided guidance, tools, and other support to teachers faced with challenges in classrooms and schools pertaining to texts (e.g., literary works, films and videos, drama productions), to student writing, and/or to teaching methods. | Access

Right Question Institute Resource Hub
Explore RQI’s resource hub for using the QFT with primary sources, which includes videos, lesson plans, PD opportunities, and more. | Access

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


Chronicling America: Historical Newspapers for National History Day
Library of Congress
September 15, 1:00-1:35 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 19: Impermanence
  • September 26: Interbeing

Finding Pictures: Art of the Book
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division
September 21, 3:00 pm ET | Information

Beyond the Bubble History Assessments
Stanford History Education Group
September 21, 4:00 pm PT | Registration | Contact: Joel Breakstone

World War II and the Tennessee Homefront
Middle Tennessee State University
September 22, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm ET ; Norris Dam State Park, Rocky Top, TN
For information & registration, contact Kira Duke

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 one student in grade 10 or 11

Reform to Equal Rights Curriculum Orientation
Emerging America
September 28, 4:00-5:00 pm ET. | Registration deadline: September 26


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

Singing Through the War: Sheet Music as a Primary Source for Studying Civil War Tennessee
Middle Tennessee State University & Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
October 11, 4:00-5:00 pm CT | Information & registration

Using Primary Sources to Engage Students in Civic Inquiry
National Council for the Social Studies
October 11, 7:00-8:00 pm ET | Information | Registration

Digging In: World Religions
Middle Tennessee State University
October 12, 4:00-5:00 pm CT or watch the recorded webinar | Registration: send email to Kira Duke

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


Writer as Reader Workshop
Bard College
November 04, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm ET, Institute for Writing and Thinking, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Fee; scholarships and early bird registration available | Information & registration | Contact: Celia Bland

Tennessee’s First Peoples
Middle Tennessee State University & Tennessee State Museum
November 08, 4:00-5:00 pm CT | Information & registration

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


Resources for your Classroom from the Tennessee State Library & Archives
Middle Tennessee State University & Tennessee State Library and Archives
December 13, 4:00-5:00 pm CT | 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

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


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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