Professional Development Providers Institute
The TPS Professional Development Providers Institute was developed for educators who lead professional development for colleagues. The course prepares educators to plan, customize, and deliver high-quality professional development events that support teachers in utilizing primary source materials from the Library of Congress digital archives to strengthen students’ thinking and learning skills, as well as understanding specific content. PDPI begins with a comprehensive introduction to the teaching resources available through the Library of Congress website, loc.gov. Participants engage as active learners with primary sources through a variety of individual, paired, and small group learning activities that are easily adaptable for K-12 classes. Adult learning strategies are integrated throughout the course, preparing participants to guide fellow educators in supporting the development of students’ historical thinking and critical analysis skills.
This course follows the “flipped classroom” model which shifts instruction from the instructor to the learner. Content is “delivered” outside of class leaving class time to engage in collaborative in-depth inquiry and discussion. There are six weekly one-hour live web conferences. Before each session, participants complete one to two hours of assignments individually. The assignments include readings, videos, online discussion, project development, and journal postings.
"I deeply appreciate the time, energy, warmth, care, sincerity, and, dare I say zeal of the facilitation team. It was clear that you valued the contributions of the people in the room and were knowledgeable about the Library’s collections. Rock Stars!"
Spring 2020 Participant
"I will reflect back on the PDPI materials often. The entire process was valuable; for each assignment and activity, I received feedback that acknowledged my work but also pushed my thinking."
Fall 2019 Participant
"Thank you for an interesting and useful 6 weeks! I loved the activities and look forward to using them with my students."
Fall 2019 Participant
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