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Online: Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources

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Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources
Tue, 02/04/2020

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The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) is making accessible to all learners - including English Learners - the best of inquiry-based instruction in social studies and humanities, using primary sources. Director Rich Cairn and CES colleagues will guide teachers through effective strategies to support all learners. The course arose from a decade of work by history and humanities educators, historians, experts in teaching English Learners, and on research and classroom practices that support ALL learners

This course will feature exemplars of best practice based on the history of immigration and of foreign language communities in the U.S., using primary sources and analysis tools.


Audience and Grade Level

Teachers in History, Social Studies, English Language Arts and the Humanities as well as Teachers of English as a Second Language. Also Librarians, Special Education Teachers, and other Specialists; Grades 4-12.


22.5 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations).

Participants may choose instead to take this course for 1 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield State University. Graduate Credit from Westfield State University costs $125. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.


Course Expectations

The online course will run 2.5 hours per week plus some additional reading. Participants may complete work at a convenient time of day for them. There will be two scheduled 60-minute webinars. (Option to watch recordings if needed.) Each week will include a mix of readings, online activities, and video clips. Each week, participants will write responses to prompts in a class forum, and reply to classmates’ posts in the second half of the week. Over the six weeks, participants will each find and create a text set of primary sources and write a lesson plan that employs techniques of access for English Learners.

Please note: This is a graduate-level course. (Sample syllabus from face-to-face course). All participants will be required to prepare for the start of the training by completing several short readings and a writing assignment to share in the TPS Teachers Network. More about this assignment will be emailed after registration is complete.

Dates and Location

The course runs February 4 through March 16, 2020. 

There are two scheduled online sessions participants are expected to virtually attend (exceptions possible): 

  • February 5, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • February 12, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:00pm 


Cost: $72.50. 

Registration Deadline: January 21

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