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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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will display a Guest Art Exhibition in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Oct. 9. The Opening Reception for the exhibit, which will feature artist Andrew Walker’s work, will be Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

Walker seeks to address issues of illness in addition to the recovery and transformation of human beings and of the environment with his artwork.

Using a wide variety of mediums, Walker creates awareness of urban blight and environmental damage, but also provides insight into the potential for relief from these struggles. Walker attaches digital images of wounds and organs to wood and metal sculptures, and he also creates large-scale prints and installations. In addition, Walker’s art utilizes photography, painting and computer manipulation.

Walker’s own health problems, which include skin cancer and organ transplants, are the focus of several of his pieces. His artwork is intended to find great beauty in what is traditionally considered ugly and illustrate how art and science can improve humans’ lives. By including altered images of his own skin cancer and layering digital images together, Walker works to document the beauty and sickness of people and their environment.

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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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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-24-Freshmen-Service.jpgWaynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in a service project at the Pennsylvania State Game Lands Saturday, Aug. 22. CONSOL Energy, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Sherwin Williams and Wayne Lumber sponsored the event.

The approximately 475 volunteers included upperclassmen Bonner Scholars and orientation leaders as well as University faculty and staff who served alongside the freshman class. The Bonner Scholars also honed their leadership skills by leading the freshmen groups.

“Service is in the DNA of Waynesburg University, and this was evident with the class of 2019!” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services at Waynesburg University. “The new students volunteered alongside Wildlife Conservation Officers to perform environmental stewardship. The outcome was remarkable and all service tasks were completed. The officers were extremely proud of our students’ hard work and servant hearts.”

The volunteers focused on revitalizing several cemeteries in the Game Lands. Dating back to the 1880s, the cemeteries were overgrown with brush and were in need of maintenance. In addition to clearing brush, repositioning fallen tombstones, setting posts to mark the cemetery areas and painting fences, the group also built and hung 150 blue bird boxes.

Before heading to the Game Lands, Hardie, Jeremy Febinger, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wildlife conservation officer for Greene County, and Michael Merten, president of the Waynesburg University Student Senate, shared words of motivation and prayer with the student audience.

In alignment with the University’s mission of connecting faith, learning and serving, often referred to as connecting the heart, head and hands, the first two days of New Student Orientation Weekend were devoted to faith and learning, with the third focusing on service through the project at the Game Lands.

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