January 31, 2023

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

News Grab the Mic One Last Time You won't want to miss the final guest post on the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog by Jason Reynolds, who is wrapping up his third term as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. | Read: Five Ways to Say Goodbye Join In: Voluntary Associations in America This new exhibition at the Library explores America’s history as a “nation of joiners” and the long tradition of volunteering for a wide range of groups and causes. It … [Read more...]

On Your Time Learning: NEA TPS Micro-credentials

Citizen U has developed a series of 8 micro-credentials (MCs) in a partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) and thanks to the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources TPS program grant. This professional learning offering aims to help educators better integrate inquiry learning with primary sources into instruction across grades and disciplines using a variety of frameworks and strategies. It was developed in collaboration with NEA educators and TPS Consortium partners … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Teaching with Primary Sources in the Elementary Classroom

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville collaborated with several Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium partners including Emerging America, Mars Hill University, and the TPS Midwest Region to offer a “just in time” online professional development course titled Teaching with Primary Sources in the Elementary Classroom. This online asynchronous course integrates classroom footage of teachers and librarians to highlight practical strategies used to engage elementary learners in … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: University of the Arts

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the University of the Arts leverages UArts faculty and local arts organization partners to utilize the vast cultural resources of our nation’s library for K-12 teachers and their students. The program's unique professional development opportunities and resources focus on enhancing cross-curricular learning by helping teachers incorporate arts-based primary resources into dynamic classroom … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: LOC.gov Teachers’ Section

The Teachers section of the Library of Congress website is chock full of ready-made classroom materials, free professional development and many more resources for educators. Below we describe the resources and provide links to get you what you need quickly. Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program grantees, who comprise the TPS Consortium, deliver TPS professional development and academic courses, design curriculum and apps/online interactives using primary sources from the Library’s … [Read more...]

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: 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, Emerging America, 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 … [Read more...]