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.
“PDPI was a wonderful course and the instructors were great!”
Spring 2019 Participant
“The facilitators are excellent. Feedback was always helpful and always on point. Please continue to share this wonderful course.”
Fall 2018 Participant
“The online collaborative sessions were definitely useful. I was able to ask questions directly, there was small group activity, and many other easy to use helpful tools. I learned a lot from listening to the experiences of others as well."
Fall 2018 Participant
“I really enjoyed the hands on activities as well as being able to have group discussions about different topics and ways to use primary sources.”
Spring 2018 Participant
For additional information contact Sue Wise, Associate Director, TPS program at Waynesburg University at email@example.com or 724-852-3377