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


From the Library

U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón Appointed for Historic Two-Year Second Term
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Ada Limón to serve a two-year second term as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Limón’s second term will begin in September and conclude in April, 2025. “During her first term, Ada Limón has done so much to broaden and promote poetry to reach new audiences. She also laid the groundwork for multiple laureate outreach efforts to come, many with federal agencies,” Hayden said. “A two-year second term gives the laureate and the Library the opportunity to realize these efforts and showcase how poems connect to, and make sense of, the world around us.” Read the full press release.

From the TPS Consortium

Share the Wealth!
Have you ever wished you could share all the great news, resources, professional development, and other opportunities you learn about each month in the TPS Consortium Update with people in your other networks? Well, now you can. Inform your colleagues and teacher participants that they can subscribe to the monthly TPS Consortium Update, too.

Recent Articles Written by TPS Consortium Members

Teaching with Primary Sources Symposium
The University of Arizona (UA) Libraries hosted an online Teaching with Primary Sources Symposium on April 28 that welcomed over 100 attendees, including librarians, archivists, and faculty from institutions around the country. The event included an overview of the university’s TPS project; lightning talks by students about using primary sources; a roundtable discussion with librarians and faculty collaborators who worked together to create primary source teaching materials; and a preview of the UA Libraries’ TPS Portal, which will include openly available lesson plans and other resources for teaching with primary sources.


For Educators

Teaching Disability History in the U.S.?
Emerging America and its many partner organizations seek educators—whether they teach disability history or not—to complete a quick, three-minute survey. The survey responses will help the group to discover strengths and gaps, and to better align future resources for classroom use. Fill out the survey and share the link with your networks by June 30.

For Students

Fall 2023 Teaching with Primary Sources Internships
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 the Library’s digitized primary sources for learners ages 9+, their families, and/or K-12 teachers. The two four-month Fall 2023 TPS Internships—one full-time onsite and one part-time online—will run from the week of August 21 through the week of December 18. | Application FAQs | Application deadline: June 2 | Contact: Stacie Moats

For All

American Federation of Labor Letters in the Progressive Era
The rise of the AFL around the turn of the 20th century coincided with widespread industrialization, urbanization, and immigration, all of which intersected with a burgeoning civil rights movement and a cresting women’s suffrage campaign. As a result, the correspondence in the American Federation of Labor Records provides a window into both national and international political issues and trends driving the Progressive Era (1890-1920). By participating in this new transcription campaign, you’ll learn about labor issues animating small towns in America as well as booming metropolises across the U.S. and the world.

Help Design Professional Development on Disability History for Special Education Teachers
The Collaborative for Educational Services seeks members for a task group to advise design of a one-hour webinar for Special Education educators on disability history and incorporating it into teaching. All disciplines and settings welcome. This work builds on the Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum. The task group will meet virtually in May-June: once to give input on training goals and methods, and again to review draft presentation materials. | Task group application deadline: May 18

History & Civics Grants for Projects Targeting K-5 Students
The Educating for American Democracy Initiative is accepting applications for grants up to $200,000 to support history and civics projects that address gaps in materials, approaches, and educator development for K–5 students, especially in underserved communities. | EAD K-5 Implementation Projects Information | Application deadline: May 31

Tennessee Council for History Education 2023 Conference Call for Proposals
TNCHE invites TPS Consortium partners and educators to submit a breakout and/or poster session proposal for the 2023 annual conference to be held at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, September 27. The theme for this year’s conference is “Civil Discourse in a Not So Civil World.” | Application deadline: August 21


From the Library

Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark Expedition Primary Source Set
This new primary source set from the Library provides students and educators the opportunity to critically examine a set of events that changed life in North America forever. The set includes 21 curated primary sources along with historical background information and teaching ideas. | More information about the set | Access the set

Maps of You (and Everyone You Know)
“Imagine you were asked to make a map of the whole world that counted all the people in it. . . . Where would you begin?” Learn about population counts and maps of the past and present in this Worlds Revealed blog post.

Blog Posts


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From TPS Consortium Partners

Curricular Materials from Crafting Curriculum
The exemplar curriculum from Crafting Curriculum centers around the question, “What’s the proper balance between National Sovereignty and International Law?” Five interconnected lessons illustrate a wise-practice, inquiry-based approach for teaching students social studies and educative scaffolds to help teachers develop their professional craft.

Philadelphia Writing Project Workshop Materials

  • In a workshop the Philadelphia Writing Project hosted in collaboration with the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, participants analyzed an exhibition juxtaposing Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms with other works of art. Check out the workshop resources, which include draft text sets and routines, for supporting civically engaged argument writing about “freedom of speech” and “freedom from want.”
  • Recordings of two Hidden Histories panels hosted in partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia are now available on the Philadelphia Writing Project’s website. Tune into “Race and Education” and “Challenging the System to Work,” which focused on the Colored Conventions and featured a historian and teachers who developed curriculum resources.

Raising Voices Annotated Resource Sets Lists
Educators from Adams 12 Five Star Schools and St. Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado completed 22 Annotated Resource Sets for use in the classroom. The goal of this TPS grant project was to elevate the voices of individuals and groups who have been historically underrepresented, specifically those named for inclusion in Colorado HB 19-1192 legislation.

Same Storm Different Boats: Virtual Exhibit Tour, Slide Show, and Book
As part of her work for the Summer 2022 TPS Eastern Region Leadership Institute, TPS Teachers Network member Katherine Perrotta created an album she titled Historical Empathy Toolbox: Teaching the Covid-19 Pandemic (view album comments). Inspired by the community engagement and citizenship of the youth of Johns Creek, Georgia, this dedicated educator worked with numerous entities to develop, implement, and document this inquiry-based student learning experience during the 2023-24 school year. The project recently concluded with a community exhibit and documentation also includes a slide presentation and digital book. | Access all materials

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


Orientation to Law Library Collections
Library of Congress
May 16, 1:00-2:00 pm ET | Information | Registration

Finding Pictures: Seeing in 3D — Stereographs at the Library of Congress
Prints & Photos Division
May 17, 3:00-4:00 pm ET | Information | Registration

Jewish Immigration
Institute for Curriculum Services
May 18, 4:30-5:30 pm PT | Information | Registration

Jewish Americans
Institute for Curriculum Services
May 24, 4:30-5:30 pm ET | Information | Registration

History Unfolded: Online Research Sprint
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum & Library of Congress
May 24, 6:00-8:00 pm ET | Information | Registration


Webinar Series: Exploring the Potential of Nonfiction Literature for Young People in K–12 Education
National Council of Teachers of English
June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 4:30-5:30 ET; NCTE members only | Information & registration

Geography & Map Division Virtual Orientation
Library of Congress
June 13, 3:00 pm ET | Information | Registration

Business Collections Orientation
Library of Congress
June 14, 1:00 pm ET | Information | Registration

Researching, Collecting, and Remembering WWII
Middle Tennessee State University, East Tennessee Historical Society, Tennessee Humanities
June 22, 9:00 am-3:30 pm ET; Knoxville, TN | Registration contact: Lisa Oakley

Teaching with Folk Sources: Cuban Immigration in Miami
Local Learning
June 22, Miami, FL | Information


THD-TPS 2023 Summer Series
Tennessee History Day & Middle Tennessee State University
July 10, 9:00 am-3:30 pm ET; Knoxville, TN
Teacher stipend & lunch provided | Registration

Culture, Community, and the Classroom
Local Learning
General information

Teaching with Place and Primary Sources: WWII in Tennessee
Middle Tennessee State University
July 12-13, 9:00 am-3:30 pm CT; Murfreesboro, TN | Registration contact: Kira Duke

THD-TPS 2023 Summer Series
Tennessee History Day & Middle Tennessee State University
July 17, 9:00 am-3:30 pm CT; Murfreesboro, TN
Teacher stipend & lunch provided | Registration


Learning With Vermont Folklife’s Archives – Focus on Farming and Foodways
Vermont Folklife
August 21, 10:00 am-4:00 pm ET; Vermont History Center, Barre, VT | Information | Registration

How to Approach Bias in Primary Sources
Tennessee History Day & Middle Tennessee State University
August 21, 4:00 pm CT | Information | Registration

Authentic Assessment and National History Day
Tennessee History Day & Middle Tennessee State University
August 22, 4:00 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, 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 | Access learning modules


The Constitution and the Pursuit of Happiness: Institutions, Virtue and Civic Dispositions
Collaborative for Educational Services
May 22-June 30 mostly asynchronous + synchronous sessions June 6 & June 20, 7:00-8:30 pm ET
$350; 67.5 PDPs for Massachusetts teachers; certificate for 45 hours for teachers from other states; graduate credit available for an additional fee
Course information & registration deadline: May 15

Invitational Summer Institute on Writing and Literacy for K-16 Educators
Philadelphia Writing Project
June 3, June 20-23, June 26-30 + one Saturday in October; Philadelphia, PA
$150 book fee; free tuition credit for Philadelphia teachers; 4 CE (3 semester hours) + ACT 48 Credits | Information & registration

Inquiry and Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Institutes
National Council for the Social Studies
For methods professors and doctoral students

Teaching the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Using Primary Sources
Institute for Curriculum Services
$50 refundable deposit + $200 teacher stipend & 9 participant hours | Information | Application

  • June 5-7, 9:00 am-12:00 pm ET | Application deadline: May 22
  • June 14-16, 9:00 am-12:00 pm CT | Application deadline: May 31
  • July 10-12, 9:00 am-12:00 pm PT | Application deadline: June 26
  • July 18-20, 9:00 am-12:00 pm CT | Application deadline: July 4
  • August 14-16, 9:00 am-12:00 pm ET | Application deadline: July 31
  • August 28-30, 9am-12pm PT | Application deadline: August 14

Jewish History Summer Institutes
Institute for Curriculum Services
$50 refundable deposit + $130 teacher stipend & 6 participant hours | Information | Application

  • June 21-22, 9:00 am-12:00 pm PT | Application deadline: June 7
  • July 24-25, 9:00 am-12:00 pm ET | Application deadline: July 10
  • August 22-23, 9:00 am-12:00 pm CT | Application deadline: August 8

Teaching with Primary Sources
Mars Hill University
June 26-28, 9:00 am-4:00 pm ET
Information & registration contact: Bridget Morton

Summer TPS Leadership Institute
TPS Eastern Region
July 6-August 10, Thursdays at 2:00 pm ET
CEUs awarded for successful completion | Information | Registration

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Appalachia: Summer Conference
Mars Hill University
July 21, 9:00 am-4:30 pm ET; Mars Hill University near Asheville, NC
Registration deadline: May 31

Igniting Inquiry: Discovering the Stories Primary Sources Tell
University of the Arts
July 24-28, 9:00 am-5:00 pm ET; Philadelphia, PA
$50 materials fee; graduate credit available | Information & registration

Roaring 20s Redux: A Centennial Survey of the Arts of the 1920s
University of the Arts
July 31-August 4, 9:00 am-5:00 pm ET; Philadelphia, PA
$50 materials fee; graduate credit available | Information & registration

Third Annual Summer Educator’s Retreat
The Remedial Herstory Project
August 10-11, 8:00 am-5:00 pm ET; Hilton Garden Inn, Portsmouth, NH
$250; early bird discount of $50 for reservations received before July 1
Retreat information & registration


Historical Argumentation
National History Day
August 16-December 15 mostly asynchronous + 4 synchronous sessions
Three graduate extension credits from the University of San Diego or 90 professional development hours available | Course information & registration deadline: July 14 at noon ET