April 4, 2020

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 are hosting a series of professional development webinars starting Tuesday, March 31, 2020 and going until Thursday, May 14th, 2020. Each webinar will offer a one-hour professional development certificate. For the next three weeks the webinars will be from 4:00 - 5:00pm (Mountain Standard Time) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can join in these Zoom meetings … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Online Office Hours for Education

From the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog: The Library of Congress is open to all for online office hours on education resources and learning ideas using Library collections. For the next month, join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 ET at https://locgov.webex.com/meet/kmcg. Each session will include a 20-minute presentation with plenty of time for questions and answers with Library education experts. Please send questions in advance via Twitter @TeachingLC. Tuesday, March … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: TPS Teachers Network

The TPS Teachers Network, is a free professional social media platform, funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, designed to host and facilitate conversations, connections, and collaborations among educators of all stripes—teachers, professors, librarians, pre-service teachers, administrators, and more—all focused on using primary sources to improve student learning. Through a variety of content-focused and grade-level groups, members share primary source materials and teaching … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: States of the Union as Civic Learning Opportunity

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) has put together a list of resources for educators to help students understand, analyze, and respond to the upcoming State of the Union. The resources are divided into sections that include the following: Youth Perspectives, the Speech and Its Media Coverage, and Background Lessons. Check out this excellent list along with resources from the Primary Source Nexus and the Library of Congress. Using the State of … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Comparing & Contrasting Presidential Articles of Impeachment

What can we learn by comparing and contrasting the official articles of impeachment against the three U.S. presidents impeached by the House of Representatives? Johnson Impeachment - March 2, 1868 House of Representatives Articles of Impeachment for Andrew Johnson Supplement to the Congressional Globe U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 - 1875 Congressional Globe, Senate, 40th Congress, 2nd Session Clinton Impeachment - December 19, 1998 H. Res. 611 impeaching William … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Teaching About Presidential Impeachment

In the article, Teaching Impeachment in Politically Risky Times, Education Week discusses the issues teachers face in the current context and the importance of seizing this teachable moment. "For the nation’s government and civics teachers, it all comes down to this: The wheels of a rarely used, constitutionally prescribed process—impeachment—have been set in motion. And now those teachers are on the front lines of helping interpret it for the nation’s students. Whether teachers are prepared … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Border Spaces Across Time

In a blog post titled, "Comparing Primary Sources Depicting Border Spaces" Library of Congress 2019 Hispanic Division Junior Fellow Jaime Conlan provides insight into using historical and contemporary photographs to serve as an important entryway to discuss difficult issues relevant to the curriculum and, ultimately, to better understand Mexico/U.S. border space. Read the full blog post to access photographs from Library collections and questions to consider when analyzing them. Then take a … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: American Revolution

Primary source sets with teaching resources Coming of the American Revolution TPS-MTSU Primary Source Learning: American Revolution Primary Source Nexus Revolutionary America (1755-1787) Inquiry in the Upper Midwest American Revolution and U.S. Constitution Emerging America Collection Connections American Memory Timeline: American Revolution select primary sources & primary source analysis prompts The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Music

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Music Guided primary source analysis activities The Banks of the Yellow Sea Leonard Bernstein illustrated letter Election Day L’Africana – L’Africaine Opera Learning from the Source lesson plans Capturing Character on Camera Mourning Lincoln & the Art of Tribute The Negro Speaks of Rivers Science Radium Romp The Star Spangled Banner K-2 The Star Spangled Banner 3-5 We Shall Overcome Library of Congress … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Civics Educator Micro-Credential Pilot for Illinois Teachers

The TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program consists of 3 distinct courses, each leading to an individual digital badge. The courses are “stacked” as one course builds to the next.  A teacher who completes all 3 courses in the stack earns a “master” digital badge. The courses include: TPS Civics Teaching Expert TPS Civics Curriculum Design Expert TPS Civics Coaching Expert The TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program is for teachers of any subject and any grade because … [Read more...]