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b2ap3_thumbnail_Barbara_Kirby.jpgBarbara Kirby, project director for the Teaching with Primary Sources Program (TPS) at Waynesburg University, will lend her expertise to a project creating online interactives and educational mobile apps for the Library of Congress’s TPS program.

The project, entitled “KidCitizen Expandable Mobile and Online Apps for Elementary grades on Congress and Civic Participation,” will focus on the development and delivery of extensible cross-platform apps for iOS and Android devices and web browsers designed for children in grades K-5. 

The apps will be developed by Muzzy Lane Software, in conjunction with TPS Eastern Region partners Drs. Ilene and Michael Berson, professors of education at the University of South Florida. Kirby will provide valuable insights on primary source selection as well as teacher professional development and dissemination.

With the help from Kirby and the TPS at Waynesburg University team, the apps will provide authentic, age-appropriate interaction with primary source materials, based on research and pedagogy, engaging children in exploring civics and government concepts through historical sources, and connecting what they find with their daily lives.

The TPS program is the Library of Congress’s premier educational outreach program for teachers. The goal of the program is to provide professional development for teachers focused on enhancing their ability to embed digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress into inquiry-based instruction that builds student literacy, critical thinking skills and content knowledge.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Waynesburg University is offering a free professional development opportunity entitled “Oral History and the Long Civil Rights Movement.” The course features methods and materials from the Library of Congress on the topic of Civil Rights in America and will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on six Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 29 and ending Nov. 3.

The course is targeted toward secondary social studies teachers and librarians. Educators are encouraged to use the course to explore the rich history of the Civil Rights Movement while acquiring strategies for supporting student inquiries with primary sources.

Participants can expect to explore Civil Rights-related oral histories and learn strategies for guiding students toward significant connections and understanding of Civil Rights through the years. Enrollees will also practice project development and implementation using primary sources to take students through the inquiry process and reflect on the impact of primary source instruction on student learning.

Participants can earn up to 24 CEU Hours with 10 more hours optional after the course. Enrollees who have not completed TPS Level I are asked to complete a 12-hour pre-requisite, TPS BASICS, before Sept. 3. More information and a login are provided upon registration for Oral History and the Long Civil Rights Movement.

Register online at https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=368156.

For more information, contact Sue Wise, associate director of TPS at Waynesburg, at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Waynesburg University is gearing up for TPS Level I Online Institute, a free professional development opportunity featuring methods and materials from the Library of Congress.

The Institute will be held on four Thursday evenings from Sept. 17 through Oct. 8. Each session will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All educators are encouraged to participate in the Institute, during which they will explore online resources by expanding their understanding of the Library of Congress and discovering effective strategies for teaching with primary sources.

Participants in the course can expect to receive an overview of the Library of Congress TPS Program and instructions on how to select and use primary sources from www.loc.gov. They will also learn how to align classroom activities with Common Core Standards and how to implement strategies and methods useful for teaching with primary sources, independent reading and reflection on classroom practices and synchronous project development and collaboration.

Participants have the opportunity to earn up to 15 PDE Act 48 Activity Hours. Spots may be reserved by registering at https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=371467.

For more information, contact Sue Wise, associate director of TPS at Waynesburg University, at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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Waynesburg University’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program will hold a free online professional development workshop series for school librarians and media specialists. Coaches Academy for Librarians will meet online each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., beginning September 9 and running through October 14. 

Coaches Academy for Librarians is an advanced TPS Level III course designed to help school librarians and media specialists develop the skills and knowledge to lead teachers in using Library of Congress digitized sources effectively across curriculum. Participants earn up to 20 CEU Hours with an option to earn 10 additional hours post-course. 

This course will be facilitated by Jennifer Hanson, librarian and TPS consultant, and is intended to help participants develop leadership skills and gain knowledge regarding educational uses of the Library of Congress resources. 

Participants will experience live audio chat sessions, peer collaboration and discussion as well as independent reading and project development.  

Participants who have not completed TPS Level I are asked to complete a pre-requisite, TPS BASICS, before September 3. Login information is provided upon registration for Coaches Academy for Librarians.  

Space is limited. Register at: https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=364493. 

For more information, contact Sue Wise, associate director of the TPS Program at Waynesburg University, at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction. 

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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Waynesburg University’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) will offer Level I Summer Institute, a free professional development opportunity featuring methods and materials from the Library of Congress. 

Level I Summer Institute will take place Monday, June 29, to Wednesday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Waynesburg University’s main campus. Participants will earn up to 15 PDE Act 48 Activity Hours.

All educators are invited to explore online resources by expanding their understanding of the Library of Congress and discovering effective strategies for teaching with primary sources. 

The program will include an overview of the Library of Congress TPS Program, a tutorial of how to select and use the free digitized collections of primary sources from www.loc.gov and instruction of aligning existing classroom activities with Common Core Standards. 

Interactive strategies and methods, ready-to-use classroom activities and project development and collaboration will also be offered. 

Lunch is included. To register, visit: https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machfoh orm/view.php?id=365230

For more information, contact Sue Wise, associate director of the TPS Program at Waynesburg University, at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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