The Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region (TPS) program at Waynesburg University supports K-12 education by offering free professional development and resources to educators in Southwestern Pennsylvania and throughout the Eastern Region.
The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program is to build awareness of the Library's educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library's resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library's educational resources.
The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K-12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library's digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge. Learn more about the Library's TPS program and other resources available to teachers via the Teachers Page.
Projects by State
Hundreds of organizations from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories have enhanced their programming for educators through the TPS Regional program.
Grant Funding Available
School districts, universities, cultural institutions, library systems, and other educational organizations may apply for grants of up to $20,000 to incorporate TPS materials and methods into existing education and professional development programs for pre and in-service teachers, librarians, and other K-12 educators.
Waynesburg University, Illinois State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver, administer grants on behalf of the Library of Congress in the East, Midwest and West. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Professional Development Events
Whether you are a primary source aficionado or a newcomer, the TPS Eastern Region has a professional development event for you. Check out our free, online professional development courses, institutes, national and regional conference presentations, and at-your-desk webinars!
Ideas, Activities, and Plans
Lesson Plans, Units, PD Plans, Activities, and Book Backdrops to engage and empower your students. This vetted searchable database of teacher-created resources is your source of inspiration for primary source driven teaching across the curriculum.