December 1, 2020

Primary Source Learning: What Are Primary Sources?

This definition from the Library of Congress provides a basic answer to the question above. “'Primary sources' are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience." To learn more, take a look at the videos below from the Library and the Minnesota Historical Society, a TPS Consortium partner. Then, dig deeper … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Mars Hill University

The oldest program in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium, Mars Hill University provides free, high quality professional development to help teachers and other educational specialists in public, private and charter schools throughout Western North Carolina enrich instruction by using the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources. TPS Mars Hill also works closely with the university education department to introduce pre-service teachers to the … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Middle Tennessee State University

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) joined the national TPS Consortium in May 2008 and is administered by the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU. TPS-MTSU seeks to link current state-focused K-12 educational initiatives to larger national themes and to emphasize student exploration of history, science, arts, and culture through the use of primary sources from the Library. TPS-MTSU also collaborates with collegiate … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: TPS Virginia

A Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium member since 2003, TPS Virginia (TPSVA) partners with schools throughout the state as well as providing resources accessible to teachers throughout the country. TPSVA offers teacher professional development to help educators access and use primary sources from the Library of Congress in curriculum and instruction. They offer summer institutes, courses and webinars throughout the year, now fully online. Currently, TPSVA is … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) leads the Inquiry in the Upper Midwest (IUM) project, which delivers professional development for teachers in Minnesota and Wisconsin and primary-source based curriculum resources for teachers throughout the country, with a particular focus on inquiry, primary sources and culturally relevant pedagogy. View their archived professional development webinars and stay connected with future MNHS opportunities and new resources by following them on Facebook or … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Collaborative for Educational Services

Since 2010, the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the Collaborative for Educational Services has offered free and low cost workshops and support to K-12 teachers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and nationally via online courses on a variety of topics, including Disability History. Participants learn to work with and practice strategies for using Library of Congress online resources to engage students, teach inquiry through the use of primary sources, … [Read more...]

C.A.R.E. Listening & Learning for Educators

In times of darkness, teachers always rise up. But now, this time comes on top of a pandemic and as teachers are exhausted and empty. The topics are big – social justice, institutional racism, and nonviolent and violent protest. The events of the past days have made these issues impossible to ignore, in much the same way that the limits of online learning have thrust systemic educational inequity to the forefront. Now more the ever, teachers again are called to be the ones who can transform … [Read more...]

CARE Teaching and Learning Certificate Program

Creating Authentic, Responsive and Engaged Learning in a Remote Situation Below are recordings of four free webinars held April 21, 23, 28, 30, 2020. If you attended any webinar and didn't receive the submission link to get CPDU/CEU credit, send an email. Any educator who watches all four webinars can earn a micro-credential certificate in Innovative Remote Teaching Practices with Civic-Mindedness by completing the following: for each webinar, write a 200-word essay detailing how you will … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Primary Sources and Teaching Online Webinar Series

The Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region and the TPS Teachers Network at Metropolitan State University of Denver hosted a series of professional development webinars three times a week for seven weeks. Don't worry if you missed any, because we've got links to the recordings! RECORDINGS Week 1 Lineup DIY - Creating Your Own Primary Source Sets March 31 Host: Mary Johnson Introduction to the TPS Teachers Network Create Your Own Primary Source Sets with the TPS … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning Is Contagious: Free PD for Chicago-area Educators

Presented by TPS-Barat in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Literacy, this workshop is geared towards librarians and social studies and language arts teachers of grades 6-12. The workshop is open to teachers from school districts in the Chicago area. Two CPDUs will be awarded. Workshop Details Date: Tuesday, May 19 Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm Cost: FREE Location: Reilly Elementary, Main Building Computer Lab 3650 W School Street Chicago, IL 60618 Workshop … [Read more...]