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[IMAGE: TPS SIUE Teacher Event- Teacher shown on computer viewing the Library of Congress Website]Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (TPS SIUE) offers free professional development opportunities to current and future K-12th grade educators on the SIUE campus and at school sites to counties in southern Illinois, surrounding Edwardsville. 

The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to:
1) build awareness of the Library's educational initiatives;
2) provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library's resources; and
3) offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library's educational resources. 

Learn more about the Library's Teaching with Primary Sources Program and other resources available to teachers at www.loc.gov/teachers.   
Learn more about the professional development being offered through the TPS SIUE program.   

Interested in having a workshop or presentation at your school or district (in-service, after school or on Saturdays)?  For more information or to personalize an event please email contacttps@siue.edu or contact us directly.




Upcoming Events & Professional Development Opportunities

(All FREE, except when obtaining graduate credit!)
   



September 19 & 21, 2016

Introduction to LOC.gov Presentation
Presentations for pre-service teachers at SIUE and McKendree
If your class or school (K-12 or college) would like a 1-2 hour presentation on utilizing the Library of Congress website in K-12 education, call Amy Wilkinson at (618) 650-3777.


October 14, 2016
Illinois Council for the Social Studies Conference
8:00 AM-2:00 PM (6 PD HOURS)

Location: Harper College, Palatine, IL 
Come see us at the Teaching with Primary Sources-Illinois Table in the vendor area for resources and information about utilizing LOC.gov in your classroom!

December 2, 2016
Teaching with Primary Sources at SIUE will present a poster session at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Four teachers will be traveling to D.C. to present at the upcoming NCSS Conference to share how they use primary sources and inquiry-based learning with their students.  More information and resources will be shared on the TPS SIUE "Conference Materials" page soon.  

Graduate Courses 2017 (Online and Blended)

PARTIALLY ONLINE GRADUATE COURSE
CI 519: Adventure of the American Mind (TUITION WAIVERS ACCEPTED) (FLYER) 
Location:  TBA
Instructors:  Randy Smith, Professor in School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) at SIUE and Amy Wilkinson (TPS SIUE)
Enrollment period will open in March/April 2017!

Description:
Come and research the Library of Congress website, discuss and learn teaching strategies for integrating primary sources to help your students engage, think critically and inquire!  This course is open to all K-12 teachers and educators.  Teachers will create two lessons that can be utilized in the following school year. For questions about the course, contact Dr. Smith at resmith@siue.edu.  
 

PARTIALLY ONLINE GRADUATE COURSE
CI 519 B: Teaching with Primary Sources (TUITION WAIVERS ACCEPTED) (FLYER) 
Location:  TBA
Instructors:  Randy Smith, Professor in School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) at SIUE and Amy Wilkinson (TPS SIUE)
Enrollment period will open in March/April 2017!

Description:
Come and research the Library of Congress website, discuss and learn about teaching strategies and assessing learning when integrating primary sources to help students engage, think critically and inquire!  Teachers will create inquiry-based, primary source-based lessons and include assessments that will offer a greater insight into student performance.  This course is open to all K-12 teachers and educators.  For questions about the course, contact Dr. Smith at resmith@siue.edu.


ONLINE GRADUATE COURSE (NON-CREDIT option available)
HIST 554:  Problems in 19th Century America (FLYER)  
For 9-12th grade teachers, middle school teachers are welcome!
Course is offered through the Department of Historical Studies at SIUE
Instructors:  Jason Stacy, Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies and Amy Wilkinson (TPS SIUE)
Enrollment period will open in March/April 2017!


Description:
Problems in 19th Century America (HIST 554) takes a thematic and hands-on approach to analyzing significant issues in nineteenth-century US history.  Students in this section of Problems in 19th Century America will explore the past through the reading of primary and secondary sources, online discussions with peers and content experts, and by creating lessons that utilize online primary sources to teach this material to US history students at the high school or undergraduate level. Participants will use primary sources from the Library of Congress digital archives to create history-specific units aligned to the Common Core ELA 9-10th grade History/Social Studies Common Core Standards/newly adopted Social Science Standards in Illinois (http://www.isbe.state.il.us/ils/social_science/standards.htm). For questions about the course, contact Dr. Stacy at jstacy@siue.edu.


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Professional Development Webinars- View them at any time!

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Teaching Strategies from the Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog

Students can interact with sets of primary sources with FREE student discovery e-books!

Teacher Testimonials
   

"The best features of this workshop were the hands on activities. I enjoyed the time to look around and creating an assignment." -Workshop participant

"I enjoyed this workshop far more than any I have taken in a very long time." -Workshop participant

"The best features of this workshop were the use of analyzing primary sources to increase critical thinking and literacy skills." -Workshop participant

"The workshop will really help me with CCSS [Common Core State Standards], particularly the primary source analysis tool." -Workshop participant
    
"The ability to interact and network with other teachers is a feature of these workshops that I appreciate the most. I feel I have sources (and people) that will continue to be helpful to me in the future." -Institute participant

"The best feature was the exposure to so many different sources which are available to all (free)!" -Workshop participant

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