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Leadership Institute


Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region 

Leadership Institute

The Summer 2024 TPS Leadership Institute has reached capacity, and registration is closed. E-mail to be added to the waitlist for the Fall 2024 TPS Leadership Institute.


Participants earn up to 25 CEU hours for course completion, with an option to earn ten more afterward.

This course focuses on:

  • Selecting primary sources from and utilizing them in day-to-day instruction;
  • Applying knowledge of TPS materials and methods to your work in peer coaching and professional development presentations;
  • Adapting and delivering TPS professional development and creating effective coaching relationships that meet the needs of adult learners;
  • Providing educators with the knowledge, skills, and aspirations to use Library of Congress TPS content in various educational settings;
  • Using a variety of coaching techniques to support educators in the use of Library of Congress primary sources and TPS strategies.


Staff Biographies

Jennifer Hanson, Facilitator 
Jennifer is the Library Director at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. She has created and facilitated online courses for the TPS Eastern Region since 2011. 

Kevin Leisten, Facilitator
Kevin is a high school world history teacher in Penfield, New York. He holds a master's degree in history and secondary social studies education from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. Kevin has worked with the TPS Eastern Region Team as a consultant and facilitator since 2014 and has taught middle and high school social studies for 15 years. Kevin lives in Fairport, New York, with his wife Emily and fur-child, a Jack-a-bee named Sampson. 

Ann B. Canning, Ed.D., Facilitator
Retired Professor of Social Studies Education at Waynesburg University
Mentor for TPS Leadership Institute 
Current Research Interests: c3 Instructional Design Model, Question Formulation Technique, and TPS Teacher Network Albums

Matt Mandarino, TPS Eastern Region Representative
Matt holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from West Virginia University. Prior to joining the TPS Eastern Region staff, he taught English language arts courses in the West Virginia public schools for 20 years. He resides in Wheeling, West Virginia, with his wife, Carola, and their two children.


For additional information contact Matthew Mandarino, Program Specialist, TPS program at Waynesburg University at or 724-852-3377.

Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program
does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.

Citations for TPS Eastern Region Publications