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.
The 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 distinguished TPS Consortium Members across the United States. TPS 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 http://www.loc.gov/teachers.
Virtual Professional Development Programs and Videos
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.
- View the Library of Congress professional development videos.
- View a variety of TPS Consortium member presentations from the 2020 TPS Eastern Region Conference. See the slides from our co-presentation on teaching English Learners with Andrea Kolb of Pennsylvania's Center for Schools and Communities.
Emerging America offers a year-round catalog of virtual Emerging America graduate courses and workshops. See an overview of our TPS workshops below. We also offer a growing library of online videos and activities for teachers, such as these video guides to searching for primary sources: Searching for Primary Sources
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 interest Groups, including four facilitated or co-facilitated by Emerging America:
- Disability History
- Teaching English Language Learners
- Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
- History's Mysteries: Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms
- 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
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. See our team of veteran Emerging America Teaching with Primary Sources Coaches.