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TPS SIUE Teacher Event- Teacher shown on computer viewing the Library of Congress WebsiteFunded 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

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)?  

There is no cost for us to come to you due to grant funding.  For more information or to personalize an event please email contacttps@siue.edu or contact us directly.


Upcoming Events
   


Spring/Summer 2016 

May


Learning with Veteran Stories Workshop (FLYER)
May 31-June 3
9AM-3PM (24 PD HOURS)  
Facilitators:  Kristin Strubhart (O'Fallon HS Teacher & TPS SIUE Mentor)& TPS SIUE Staff
Location:
O'Fallon Township High School, O'Fallon, IL (Production Classroom)
Registration is open!

Description:
Join us as we explore various strategies to help students analyze oral histories and interviews, understand multiple viewpoints, and learn how to begin a project to collect and edit a story with a local veteran or community member. This professional development is like no other- you will have an opportunity to capture a story for generations to come. Don’t miss out on this very rewarding learning experience!  We recommend 6th - 12th grades but teachers of all grades are welcome. Lunch will be available each day.

June


The Dust Bowl:  Understanding the Past through a STEM Lens Workshop (FLYER)
June 7-8
9AM-3PM 
(12 PD HOURS) 
Facilitator:  Matt Johnson (SIUE STEM Center) & support from TPS SIUE Staff 
Location: 
SIUE Edwardsville campus
Registration will open soon!

Description:
This summer workshop introduces elementary and middle school teachers how STEM education can be integrated into their social studies or history curriculum.  Teachers will engage in a sample STEM -integrated history unit that incorporates analysis tools and primary sources to encourage STEM-related thinking into a classroom curriculum. If a teacher signs up with a colleague from their school, the school will be awarded a soil testing kit! Teachers will have time to explore and research primary sources and topics from a STEM perspective.  Additional time will be given to create a plan to integrate similar lessons and tools into their own curriculum with the support of STEM educators. Lunch will be available each day.

Integrating Primary Sources to Teach Local History in the Elementary Classroom Workshop (FLYER)
For Alton School District Teachers

June 9-10
9:30AM-2:30PM 
(10 PD HOURS) 
Facilitators:  TPS SIUE with various speakers/experts
Location: 
Alton High School Library, Alton Visitor Center & Hayner Public Library
Registration is open! Visit link in FLYER!

Description:
This workshop is being offered in partnership with the Alton School District to 3-8th grade teachers in Alton.  We will explore the history of Alton and its surrounding region with primary sources along with special guest speakers/experts.  We will also explore ways to integrate a variety of local and national primary sources into the elementary classroom to promote critical thinking and student questioning. Additional resources and expertise are being offered through the Hayner Public Library, Alton Visitors Bureau and the Department of Historical Studies at SIUE. Lunch will be available on June 9, lunch is on your own on June 10. Materials on a flash drive and an Alton book will be available to participants.
 

Geographic Thinking in Action: Using Maps and Other Primary Sources in the Elementary School Classroom Workshop (FLYER)
June 16-17
9:00AM-3:30PM (12-14 PD HOURS, Graduate credit at low cost is available)
Facilitators:  IL-TPS Staff and guest experts in Geography and History
Location: 
SIUE-Edwardsville Campus
Registration is open!

Description:
This is a partnered event with the Illinois Geographic Alliance (IGA).  We will explore ways teachers can assist elementary students to think geographically and historically with a variety of primary sources while examining K-5 national standards along with the new Illinois geography standards. Please view IGA's website for more information about the event (flyer coming soon) and to register. Lunch will be offered each day. Materials and books related to workshop activities will be awarded to participants for classroom use.  


Researching with Primary Sources in the School Library Workshop (FLYER)
June 21
9:00AM-3:00PM (6 PD HOURS) 
Facilitator:  Tom Bober (Librarian at Captain Elementary School in Clayton, MO, Teacher-in-Residence at Library of Congress & TPS SIUE Mentor)
Location: 
Madison County Historical Museum & Library, Edwardsville, IL
Registration is open!

Description:
How can students identify and utilize primary sources during the research process? From images to maps, sheet music to newspaper articles, explore the role that primary sources can play in student research at all ages. We will explore not only the Library of Congress’ digitized collections, but also the offerings of the Madison County Historical Society and explore how these local and national offerings can complement each other. Lunch and resources will be available.


Primary Sources in the Elementary Classroom Workshop (FLYER)
June 22 & 23
9:00AM-3:00PM (12 PD HOURS) 
Facilitator:  Tom Bober (Librarian at Captain Elementary School in Clayton, MO, Teacher-in-Residence at Library of Congress & TPS SIUE Mentor)
Location: SIUE Edwardsville campus
Registration is open!

Description:
This 2-day workshop explores how elementary students of all ages can use primary sources from the Library of Congress in learning. Educators will learn strategies in searching for and teaching with primary sources to promote inquiry and critical thinking with a broad range of students. Over the two day workshop, teachers and librarians (individually or with a partner) will have time to complete an activity that integrates primary sources from the Library of Congress web site. Lunch and resources will be available.


Geographic Thinking in Action: Using Maps and Other Primary Sources in the Elementary School Classroom Workshop (FLYER)
June 27-28
9:00AM-3:30PM (12-14 PD HOURS, Graduate credit available) 
Facilitators:  David Bates, IL-TPS Staff, and guest experts in Geography and History
Location: 
Loyola-Naperville Campus (CHICAGO SUBURBS AREA)
Registration is open!

Description:
This is a partnered event with the Illinois Geographic Alliance (IGA).  We will explore ways to help elementary students think geographically and historically with a variety of primary sources while examining K-5 national standards along with the new Illinois geography standards. Please view IGA's website for more information about the event (flyer coming soon) and to register. Lunch will be offered each day. Materials and books related to workshop activities will be awarded to participants for classroom use.  

Illinois Civics Regional (High School) Teacher Training- WEBSITE
June 29 & 30
8:00AM-4:30PM (PD HOURS will be available)
Location: SIUE Edwardsville campus
Registration is open!

Description:
Illinois students entering high school this fall must successfully complete a semester of civics before graduation. Join the McCormick Foundation staff and Illinois Civics Teacher Mentors from the region for a two-day workshop designed to build teacher capacity on the practices required in the new law: discussion, service-learning, and simulations. Using the 2016 Election as a teachable moment for civics, attendees will learn strategies for bringing these practices into their classrooms, receive free lesson plans from respected civic education providers, and learn about local resources to supplement civics instruction. Registration is free and attendees will receive a complimentary breakfast and lunch both days. Professional Development hours will be offered to teachers that successfully complete the two-day workshop, and graduate credits may be available for an additional fee.

July

PARTIALLY ONLINE GRADUATE COURSE
CI 519: Adventure of the American Mind (TUITION WAIVERS ACCEPTED) (FLYER) 
Location:  Alton High School, Alton, Illinois (class will be partially online-Teachers from any location are welcome to attend!)
Instructors:  Randy Smith, Professor in School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) at SIUE and Amy Wilkinson (TPS SIUE)
ENROLL by contacting Angie White at angewhi@siue.edu  or (618) 650-2433

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:  Alton High School, Alton, Illinois (class will be partially online-Teachers from any location are welcome to attend!)
Instructors:  Randy Smith, Professor in School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) at SIUE and Amy Wilkinson (TPS SIUE)
ENROLL by contacting Angie White at angewhi@siue.edu  or (618) 650-2433

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 which offers PD HOURS=lower cost)
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 by Amy Wilkinson (TPS SIUE)
Registration is open!


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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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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