November 17, 2022

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

Last Updated on November 9, 2022

From the Library

Good Times Are Here! New to the National Jukebox
Nearly 6,000 new recordings have been added to the National Jukebox recently. Peruse some highlights showcased by the Now See Hear! blog. Since its initial launch in 2011, the National Jukebox has provided streaming access to thousands of acoustic sound recordings from the very earliest days of the commercial record industry. More content is added each year as more recordings enter the public domain. | Access the full collection

PALABRA Archive Releases 50 New Streaming Recordings
Discover a sampling of the newly released recordings, which include contemporary and historic gems. The PALABRA Archive includes close to 850 recordings of 20th- and 21st-century Luso-Hispanic poets and writers reading from their works. | Access the full collection

From the TPS Consortium

High Marks for State Historical Society of Iowa Primary Source Sets
These primary source sets, which include over 1,700 primary sources and cover more than 65 broad topics about Iowa and its role in the broader narrative of national and world history, surpassed 3 million views in October. Responding to the milestone, associate professor of teacher education at Simpson College Dr. Chad Timm said, “The primary source sets have revolutionized the way I teach social studies methods. I can point my students to examples of how to integrate primary-source work into units designed around good compelling and supporting questions.”

Integrating Everything
Trey Smith, Philadelphia Writing Project teacher consultant and 2015-16 Science Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress, was recently featured on this Teach Wonder podcast produced by the Center for STEM Education Excellence at Central Michigan University. In the episode, Integrating Everything, Trey discusses how he creates multidisciplinary units that integrate primary sources and civically engaged argument writing into a K-8 makerspace. | Listen to the podcast

For Educators

English Learner Collaborations Professional Learning Community
The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies recently kicked off this convivial PLC, which brings together English as Second Language (ESL) teachers and Social Studies teachers. The focus is on engaging English learners with primary sources across social studies and language classroom settings. There are still a few slots available, which include modest stipends, for dedicated ESL specialists from any U.S. state. | Contact: Jacqueline LaFrance

New-York Historical Society Seeks Teacher Ambassadors
Applications are now open for the New-York Historical Society’s Teacher Ambassadors program in conjunction with the Women & the American Story (WAMS) curriculum. WAMS Ambassadors are educators committed to incorporating more women’s voices into their own instruction and helping others to do the same. They provide integral feedback on current and new materials and leading professional development in their communities. Educators from across the country who serve in K-12 classrooms, school/district administrative roles, and/or teacher training positions are encouraged to apply. | Information | Contact: Molly DePippo | Application deadline: December 9

For All

Library of Congress Seeking 2023 Junior Fellows
The next group of Junior Fellows (17 onsite and 33 remote) will work with Library mentors on a diverse range of 29 cultural, scientific, or digital projects during the 10-week paid internship program. For a third year the program is supported by an investment from the Mellon Foundation through the Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, which provides opportunities for more Americans to engage with the Library and add their perspectives to the Library’s collections. | Information | FAQs | Application deadline: November 28

Now Recruiting: Teaching with Primary Sources Spring Interns
TPS internships are paid opportunities for current undergraduate/graduate students and recent graduates (within six months) who have an interest in working with and developing materials using primary sources for learners ages 9+, their families, and/or K-12 teachers. Successful candidates are likely to have academic, volunteer, or professional experience related to education, library science, history or museum studies, etc. The four-month spring 2023 TPS Internship will run from February 13 – June 12. One onsite intern will work full-time in Washington, DC (35 hours/week), and one remote intern will work part-time online (20 hours/week). | Information | FAQs | Spring internship application deadline: December 15

By the People Campaigns

From the Library

Junior Fellows Program Display Day 2022
This virtual exhibition showcases the research and achievements of 46 emerging professionals and encourages public engagement with Library of Congress collections. | Access the exhibition

Blog Posts



TPS Consortium 

16 New Inquiry Kits
With topics including Mexican American music culture, McCarthy-era persecution of gay and lesbian government employees, the Jewish diaspora in the late Middle Ages, protests for disability rights, and U.S. territories, these new inquiry kits from Maryland Humanities aim to introduce students to diverse perspectives and engaging learning. | Access the new inquiry kits | Access all 200+ inquiry kits

Dark Testament Research Guide
The American Writers Museum’s exhibit and education initiative, Dark Testament, explores racial injustice in America through the work of Black American writers from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights movement. This helpful research guide highlights primary source materials from the Library that expound upon the themes in Dark Testament and demonstrate the writing process. | Access the Dark Testament exhibit

Inclusion of Multilingual Learners
The resources developed by the English Learner Collaborations project were the focus of a session in the Explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Your Social Studies Classroom strand of the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies fall conference in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Language-aware lesson examples are now available for download. Access the lessons

Legal Timelines in American History
Bring legal history to life with these interactive, visual timelines and inquiry-based learning materials for middle and high school students; timeline themes include federalism, suffrage, and the rights of the accused. Inquiry packs allow students to dive deeper into timeline themes using primary sources, inquiry questions, and extension questions to connect history to current issues and events. | Access the timelines

Private i History Detectives
Born out of a collaboration between iCivics and History’s Mysteries, this free, whole class, inquiry-based curriculum challenges K-5 learners to take on the role of history detectives, putting them at the center of the action. Each unit asks students a “Big Question” such as, “What does it mean to be a citizen?” and then guides them to use primary sources to form conclusions. | Access the curriculum

Raising Voices: Annotated Resource Sets
This TPS Western Region grant project was developed by Adams 12 Five Star Schools and St. Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado to elevate the voices of individuals and groups who have been historically underrepresented, specifically those named for inclusion in Colorado HB 19-1192 legislation. These annotated resource sets provide primary sources, secondary sources, inquiry questions, and background knowledge to give teachers everything they need to implement lessons that push students to explore and find their own answers. | Access the resource sets

Thanksgiving Primary Sources & Teaching Resources
It’s a TPS cornucopia from the Primary Source Nexus filled with images, music, proclamations, recipes, and more. Dig into the curated collections!

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


History Unfolded: Online Research Sprint
Library of Congress & U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
November 14, 6:00-8:00 pm ET | Webinar information & registration

Orientation to Law Library Collections
Library of Congress
November 15, 1:00-2:00 pm ET | Webinar information & registration

Discovering Science Collections Virtually
Library of Congress
November 15, 2:00-3:00 pm ET | Webinar information & registration

GIS Day 2022: Exploring Humanitarian GIS
Library of Congress
November 16, 1:00-2:00 pm ET | Livestream: Library of Congress YouTube channel

Purposeful Mastery: Robert Blackburn’s Early Color Lithographs
Library of Congress
November 16, 3:00-4:00 pm ET | Webinar information

Teaching Media Literacy and Empathy Through Primary Sources
Indiana Historical Society
November 19, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET; Allen County Library, Fort Wayne, IN; lunch provided along with 6 hours of PGP points + $40 Amazon gift card | Workshop information | Registration


Teaching Historical Thinking and Culturally Responsive Content Through Local Primary Sources
Igniting the Common Core with Primary Sources
December 13, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET; Iona University, New Rochelle, NY; lunch provided | Workshop information & registration

The Boundaries of Afghanistan During the Great Game
Library of Congress
December 13, 3:00-4:00 pm ET | Webinar information & registration

Resources for Your Classroom from the Tennessee State Library & Archives
Middle Tennessee State University & Tennessee State Library & Archives
December 13, 4:00-5:00 pm CT | Webinar information & registration

2022 Top Three Literacy Award Winners
Library of Congress
December 15, 1:00-2:30 pm ET | Webinar information & registration


Science Teaching with Embedded Primary Sources
University of Mississippi Center for Mathematics and Science Education
January 26-27, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CT; The Toyota Experience Center, Blue Springs, MS; lunch provided + hotel accommodations for educators who live more than 60 miles from Blue Springs | Workshop information & registration



TPS Micro-credentials
National Education Association, Citizen U, Emerging America, Inquiry in the Upper Midwest, Right Question Institute, TPS Western Region
Asynchronous, 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 | Information

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


Using Primary Sources Through the Library of Congress
National Council for History Education Rural Experience in America Project
December 1 – March 31; asynchronous with synchronous sessions January 3 & February 16, 7:00-8:00 pm ET and January 28, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET Course information & registration deadline: November 30

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources
Collaborative for Educational Services
January 13 – February 22; mostly asynchronous with webinar January 18, 4:00-5:15 pm ET
$320, 22.5 PDPs, graduate credit available for additional fee | Course information & registration

Rural Lives in Context
National Council for History Education
February 25, April 15, May 6, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET Colloquia information & registration

America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond – Teaching Human Rights Today
Collaborative for Educational Services
March 9, 16, 30 and April 06, 4:00-5:15 pm ET; includes asynchronous work
$50, 22.5 PDPs, graduate credit available for additional fee | Course information & registration

Speak Your Mind