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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS)

Library of Congress TPS Consortium Member


The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the Collaborative for Educational Services offers free or low cost workshops and support to K-12 teachers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and nationally via online courses. Workshop participants learn to work with and practice strategies for using Library of Congress online resources to engage students, teach inquiry through the use of primary sources, and help students achieve challenging literacy standards. We are pleased to work in partnership with UMass Amherst Department of History, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Boston Public Schools, Westfield State University, and other local and national organizations.

Screen Shot of Video showcasing Teacher Resources at Library of CongressThe Library of Congress offers millions of digitized primary sources that can provide deeply powerful encounters with the past for students at all grade levels and abilities. To view a 3.5 minute video showcasing the wide range of resources available free, online from the Library of Congress click here.

Mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program

  • Build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives
  • Provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources
  • 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 resources available to teachers at

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Professional Development Videos and Programs

Gain an introduction to the many resources of the Library of Congress through these online professional development modules. Library of Congress Eastern Region at Waynesburg University

The Library of Congress offers a wealth of professional development videos for educators on topics ranging from working with maps to using inquiry in the classroom. For further information visit the Library of Congress professional development videos page.


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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Teachers Network

Teachers with experience working with primary sources are welcome to join this network–now 10,000 strong. Create a password and profile, then explore resources, and discuss issues. Watch an overview video of the network's offerings. Or simply visit the site

Included within the network are many groups, including three groups facilitated or co-facilitated by Emerging America:

  • Disability History
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

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Accessing Inquiry for ALL Learners through Primary Sources

  • Support development of accessible, primary source-focused curriculum for ALL Learners
  • Apply Universal Design for Learning and other access strategies
  • Earn graduate credit for courses with specific content to support instruction for:
    • English Learners
    • Students with Disabilities
  • Gain and apply practical classroom strategies
  • Integrate Disability History/History of Immigration and foreign language communities through common topics: war, citizenship, employment, civil rights, and struggles for equality


Emerging America TPS Courses and Workshops

Introductory Workshops

Participants in Introductory workshops learn:

  • What are primary sources;
  • Why teach with primary sources;
  • Deepen capacity to strengthen student inquiry; 
  • Gain relevant content and context for primary sources; and
  • How to teach with primary sources

 Use Library of Congress teacher resources such as the Primary Source Analysis Tool to help students learn through inquiry.


Advanced Workshops - Lesson Study

Participants in Advanced-Lesson Study courses and workshops create content-informed lessons that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress and exemplify effective instructional practices. Teachers then teach and reflect with peers upon what worked and what did not about their lessons. 


Training of Trainers

Select teacher-leaders gain professional development skills and tools to lead workshops in your district and enter the pool of Emerging TPS trainers. 


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Upcoming Workshops

October 27 to December 7 with 3 webinars. Trace the remarkable story of reform and heartbreak, endurance and empowerment as you explore a broad array of primary…
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