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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

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 (in-service, after school or on Saturdays)?  

There is no cost to you or others under this grant.  For more information or to personalize an event to meet you or your teachers' needs, email or contact us directly.

Upcoming Events

Fall & Winter 2015 

Events are continually added!  Please revisit this page often!

September & October

September 18
In-service department presentation at Granite City Senior High School, Granite City, Illinois

September 24
Pre-service course presentation at McKendree University, Lebanon, Illinois

September 28 & 30
Pre-service course presentations at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

September 28, 2015, 4-8 PM & October 3, 2015, 9-11:30 AM
9/28 @ the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center, 225 S. Skinker Blvd
10/03 @ SIUE, Edwardsville, Illinois Campus

The Missouri History Museum and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis will be hosting a workshop for educators titled, “The Power of Images:  Deconstructing Visual Culture in Early 20th Century History” on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 4pm-8pm.  This workshop includes an exploration of the special exhibition World War One: War of Images, Images of War.

*Please register for this event directly using the link on their website.

Then come to Edwardsville for a follow-up workshop session on the SIUE campus for 2.5 hours to learn about the complementary online poster collections from the and to apply and make connections to the strategies and sources discussed during the museum workshop.  There is no cost to participate on either day.  Please contact Amy with any questions!  Please email Amy Wilkinson,, to confirm your attendance for the Saturday, October 3rd follow-up session at SIUE, Edwardsville campus.

October 2
Pre-service course presentation at Southern Illinois Unviersity Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

October 5-6
O'Fallon High School's Oral Veterans History Project, O'Fallon, Illinois

October 16, 8 AM -2 PM
"Literacy & Citizenship:  The Emerging Social Science Standards"- Illinois Council for the Social Studies One Day Conference
@ Harper College, Palatine, Illinois
Come visit the IL TPS Exhibitor's table! To register or learn more about the conference visit


November 6
Teaching the Past for Tomorrow Conference at UCLA (California History-Social Science Project)
Cheryl Best from Bunker Hill School District has been accepted to present on her use of the Library of Congress' digitized primary sources, strategies and tools into her 5th grade classroom. Congratulations, Cheryl!


December Online Graduate Course at SIUE, Winter Session
HIST 554:  Problems in 19th Century America (Targeted to 9-12th grade teachers)
Offered through the Deptartment of Historical Studies at SIUE
Instructor:  Jason Stacy

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 (

For questions about the course or to enroll in HIST 554,  contact Jason Stacy at 

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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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