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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: build awareness of the Library's educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library's resources; and 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

The TPS SIUE program works to achieve the above mission by offering professional development to K-12th grade educators through a variety of events in helping with the use of the Library's digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.
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 at no cost?

For more information or to personalize an event, email contacttps@siue.edu or contact us directly.

Upcoming Events

June & July 2015 

Teacher Summer Institute- Flyer
Learning with Veteran and Community Stories

Monday, June 1 – Thursday, June 4
9:00 AM-3:30 PM each day 
Main Location:  SIUE Edwardsville Campus (exact location TBA)

Learn strategies to help students analyze oral histories and how to collect and edit a story with local veterans and community members.  Repeated attendance is welcomed.  If you have someone that would like to be interviewed, please contact Amy Wilkinson at amwilki@siue.edu.  PDs/CPDUs will be available.  Come and be part of history!

Waitlist only- Contact  Margaret Fredericksen at marfred@siue.edu or 618-650-3263.

Two-day workshop- Especially for Librarians/Media Specialists-
Introduction to Teaching with Primary Sources and the Library of Congress' Digital Resources

June 15 & 16
9:00 AM- 3:30 PM
Location:  SIUE Campus, Edwardsville, Illinois (Exact location TBA)

This 2-day workshop explores how primary sources from the Library of Congress can be used in the K-12th grade library and classrooms.  The faciliator for this workshop, Mr. Tom Bober, is currently a librarian at Captain Elementary School in Clayton, Missouri and has attended two Library of Congress Teacher Summer Institutes in Washington, D.C.  He will share his passion for using the Library's resources and archive. PDs/CPDUs will be available.  TPS SIUE staff will help facilitate and personalize your searching experience with the Library of Congress website.  

Waitlist only- Contact Margaret Fredericksen at marfred@siue.edu or 618-650-3263.

Graduate Course- Blended format (partially online)
CI 519 A (8 AM-12:15 PM) & CI 519 B (12:30 PM-4:45 PM):  Teaching with Primary Sources
June Course:  June 07 - July 01, July Course:  July 07- August 04, 2015
Locations:  SIUE Edwardsville Campus (exact location TBA), Smithton and Redbud School District (Contact us to learn more!)

Offered through the Department of Curriculum & Instruction- School of Education, Health & Human Behavior
Instructor:  Randall E. Smith

This course is designed to assist K-12 classroom teachers to explore, inquire, and integrate primary sources into instruction using a rich reservoir of digital collections available at the Library of Congress Web site.  The course will focus on the nature of primary sources including application of inquiry learning, historical thinking, and critical thinking related to a topic(s) of interest.  Class sessions will provide hands-on experience using primary sources such as historical texts, photographs, motion pictures, maps and sound recordings from the Library of Congress digital collections.
* CI 519 A is a prerequisite for CI 519 B.

For questions about the courses or to enroll into CI 519 A or B, please contact Dr. Randall E. Smith at resmith@siue.edu.  

Online Graduate Course
HIST 554: Problems in 19th  Century America
July 06 - August 08, 2015
Offered through the Department of Historical Studies at SIUE
Instructor:  Jason Stacy

PROBLEMS IN 19 TH 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 and 11-12th grade History/Social Studies Common Core Standards.

For questions about the course or to enroll into HIST 554, contact Jason Stacy at jstacy@siue.edu

August 2015 

More events will be added soon!

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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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