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Professional Development Events


October 25, 2018: What's New About Fake News?

Exploring Library of Congress Collections to Develop Media Literacy
Students are avid social media users, often turning to web-based apps for their news. After the 2016 presidential election, "fake news" became the word of the year. How can teachers help equip students to be media literate in this era of misinformation and fake news? 

Meghan Manfra, associate professor, North Carolina State University


February 15, 2018: Write to the Source!

Presenters share strategies for writing instruction in K-8 classrooms focused on developing content area writing through the use of informational texts.

Salika Lawrence, associate professor, Medgar Evers College, NY
Marie Donnantuono, school library media specialist, John P. Holland Charter School, NJ
Tiffany Labissiere, literacy coach, NYC Department of Education, NY
Joselle Fisher, pre-service teacher, Medgar Evers College, NY



October 12, 2017: School Librarians Get to the Source

TPS-experienced elementary, middle, and high school librarians discuss key considerations for connecting Library of Congress resources with K-12 classrooms. Presenters provide insight and strategies to promote inquiry through teacher-librarian partnerships, including finding the right teachers to partner with, tips for identifying curricular entry points, and selecting primary sources.

Tom Bober, Library Media Specialist: R.M. Captaim Elementary, MO
Heather Balsley, Library Media Specialist: William Byrd Middle School, VA
Jennifer Hanson, Director of Library Services: Worchester Academy, MA



February 18, 2015: Tools for TPS Professional Development
Library of Congress and TPS Eastern Region staff and grantees share how existing TPS tools can improve your PD offerings. The Library of Congress TPS program offers a wide array of tools for providers of professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources in their classrooms.

Ann Canning, Eastern Region Facilitator: TPS BASICS, an asynchronous introduction to TPS
Sue Wise, Eastern Region Associate Director: Professional Development Providers Institute (PDPI)
Michelle LeBlanc, Director of Education & Public Programming, Boston Public Library, Leventhal Map Center: Participant Perspective
Cheryl Lederle, ‎Educational Resources Specialist, Library of Congress: Ready-to-Use Resources from the Library of Congress



March 11, 2014: TPS Teachers Network 
The TPS Teachers Network is a unique opportunity for TPS Grant Project Leaders to collaborate, exchange ideas and sustain efforts, as well as broaden the community of learners. In combination with the Library's blog, Twitter feed, and Teachers Page, teachers have access to a community dedicated to strategies for teaching with primary sources. The newly updated and mobile-friendly TPS Teachers Network is an online educational social network that features dozens of tools for sharing resources and activity ideas.

Mary Johnson, TPS Teachers Network Coordinator, highlighted the new and improved features, tools and useful resources on this dynamic social platform designed with your specific needs in mind.



October 29, 2013: Cross-Curricular Connections Using Primary Sources
Cross–curricular connections make learning more meaningful for students. Students who use information learned in different contexts tend to remember that information longer. Students are able to demonstrate success and build confidence when they apply a skill in new contexts. Cross-curricular connections are extremely important for reinforcing learning and building life-long learning habits.

Eastern Region Project Leaders, Claire Machosky, education consultant, Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Sophia Sineath, education coordinator, Georgia Historical Society and, Jill Beccaris-Pescatore, instructor of Economics Montgomery Community College, will share how their projects helped teachers use primary sources to support connections across the curriculum.


April 3, 2013: Primary Sources: At the Heart of the Common Core State Standards
Rich Cairn, director of Emerging America and the Massachusetts TPS Consortium, shares professional development approaches that give teachers explicit strategies for helping students become discerning writers, listeners and speakers in addressing the CCSS.

Eastern Region Project Directors, Sandy Pope, Columbia Teachers College, and Richard Schramm, National Humanities Center, shares how their TPS projects equip pre- and in-service teachers with the strategies needed to implement CCSS in the classroom.



November 7, 2012: Considerations for Selecting Primary Sources
Susan Allen, mentor in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Teacher Network, began the session by sharing some of the challenges teachers face in selecting primary sources for use in the K-12 classroom. Then Anne Savage, Educational Resource Specialist at the Library of Congress, shared selection strategies and characteristics to consider for choosing appropriate, effective primary sources to use with your students.


March 8, 2012: Differentiated Instruction: Engaging All Learners with Primary Sources
Dr. David Vawter, Winthrop University, SC shared his expertise and TPS project leaders Susan Allen, Canisius College, NY, and Joe Jelen, A.C.E.S., CT presented exemplary participant developed lesson plans highlighting differentiated instruction through TPS methods.


TPS at Waynesburg provides free professional development and classroom materials for K-12 educators and pre-service teachers that support the effective use of primary sources and TPS-related materials from the Library's vast digital collections.

Professional development activities under the Teaching with Primary Sources program progress along three program levels. K-12 educators have the option of taking workshops and courses, offered by TPS Consortium members under all or some of these levels, depending on their interests.

TPS Foundations


TPS Across the Curriculum

If These Monuments Could Talk: The Whiskey Rebellion, Popular Rights, and the Meaning of the First Amendment
A classroom-tested inquiry serves as a case-study to show how student-driven historical investigation can be the impetus for informed civic action. Participants actively engage with the same historic monuments, folklore, and primary sources from used by eighth-grade students during an inquiry of the Whiskey Rebellion. Ultimately, the goal is to investigate the tenants of the First Amendment and how civic engagement impacts the local community today.

Designing C3 Inquiries with Library of Congress Political Cartoons
This online interactive class for middle and high school teachers and librarians combines the Library of Congress Herblock Cartoon Exhibit: Pointing their Pens and the C3 Inquiry Design Model to create ready-to-go visually-based inquiries leading to civic action. Participants will: analyze political cartoons using the Library of Congress Analysis Tool and the SCIM-C strategy; explore ways to support student generated questions for National History Day research projects; and design a classroom-ready inquiry using Library of Congress political cartoons and the C3 IDM Blueprint. 

Oral History as Inquiry into the Long Civil Rights Movement
This in depth inquiry focuses on The Long Civil Rights Movement content and topics through the voices of ordinary people found in the oral history collections at the Library of Congress Folk Life Center. Educators who take this online class analyze twelve featured oral histories and develop historically informed interview questions to use in a live interview with a person who experienced the Long Civil Rights Movement. This live interview is recorded on and archived at the Library of Congress. We also examine best practices for conducting and archiving oral history interviews using resources from the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and recommendations from the Oral History Association for using oral history in the classroom. As a final project, participants develop their own inquiry plans that follow an Inquiry Design Model based on the C3 Framework and uses featured sources from the Library of Congress. 

STEM: Using Primary Sources to Address Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Across the Curriculum
The Library of Congress contains historically significant technical documents that can be used to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics into the classroom. Throughout this workshop participants will investigate the changing nature of science and technology and how they affect society. Participants will explore how to use primary source analysis in their classrooms to decipher evidence of technological advancements. 
Spring 2016 Agenda 
Spring 2015 Agenda

TPS Coaches

Professional Development Providers Institute Agenda

TPS Level III: Coaches Academy for Teachers
This six-week course for K-12 teachers and supports the development of leadership skills and knowledge. Through sample activities, peer discussions, and independent reading from a variety of professional organizations, participants gain a basic understanding of adult learning theory, peer coaching strategies, and facilitation techniques. The course prepares teacher leaders to guide educational colleagues to effectively use digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress to better support student learning. As a culminating project, participants design a strategy and plan to coach colleagues at their schools.
Spring 2016 Agenda
Spring 2015 Agenda

TPS Level III: Coaches Academy for Librarians
Develop valuable skills and information to share with your school community—become your school's TPS Coach! Coaches Academy for Librarians is a FREE online professional development course designed by and facilitated by librarian and TPS educational consultant, Jennifer Hanson, to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to lead teachers in your school to use Library of Congress digitized sources effectively across the curriculum.
Spring 2015 Agenda
Fall 2014 Agenda