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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:
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.
   



Upcoming Events & Professional Development Opportunities

All workshops are FREE, except when obtaining graduate credit. Visit often for new listings!
Additional topics for 2017 events include STEM Thinking, Military Families, literature, reaching the new IL Social Science Standards, and elementary learners are all coming soon!
   



Summer 2017 Workshops

Preparing for the 2017 Solar Eclipse Classroom Experience

Thursday, June 08, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
SIUE Edwardsville Campus, Alumni Hall Building, Room 1201, Edwardsville, Illinois

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Cost: FREE*

Audience: Elementary & Middle (All are welcome.)

Join us for us an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Solar Eclipse on August, 21, 2017. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is sure to engage students of all ages! Participants will add personal, finishing touches to a unit that includes multidisciplinary activities for students and will be written to meet the objectives of the Illinois learning Standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Facilitator:  Julia Heyen, Mt. Olive School District #5, IL
*Grant funded project through Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Project at SIUE


Incorporating Diverse Experiences and Voices of Military-Connected Children in the Elementary Classroom

Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
McKendree University, Piper Academic Center (PAC), Room 116, Lebanon, Illinois

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Cost: FREE*

Every day, nearly 2 million military-connected children enter classrooms bringing a unique set of life experiences. In this workshop we will:

  • learn about the federal and state mandates addressing military-connected children,
  • analyze the importance of empathy and resilience in military-connected children, 
  • capture a story of a military-connected child, and
  • summarize experiences that lead to particular strengths and challenges common to military-connected children. 

Come join us and receive free resources and learn effective strategies that benefit all students, especially military kids!  A light breakfast with snacks will be available.  This is a partnered event with McKendree College.

Facilitators:  Dr. Bethany Hill-Anderson, McKendree College & Amy Wilkinson, Teaching with Primary Sources at SIUE
*Grant funded project through the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Project at SIUE

Geographic Thinking in Action: Using Maps and Other Primary Sources in the Elementary School Classroom
Offered at two locations! (FLYER)

Monday, June 12, 2017 – Tuesday, June 13, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM each day
Governors State University, University Park, Illinois

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Thursday, June 15, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM each day
Lincoln Land Community College, Sangamon Hall - Room 2309, Springfield, Illinois

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Cost: FREE*

Join us as we engage in geographic thinking in the primary grades and learn how we can assist our students in thinking geographically and historically while meeting the new Illinois State Standards in Social Sciences along with the Illinois ELA standards.  *Light breakfast and snacks will be available.  This is a partnered event with the Illinois Geographic Alliance.

Visit http://iga.illinoisstate.edu/resources/workshops/geographic-thinking-2017.php for more information.  

*Grant funded workshop through the Illinois Geographic Alliance and various Illinois-Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Projects
 

Making the Most of Maps:  Understanding History with a STEM Lens
Offered at two locations!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Wednesday, June 21, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day
Springfield, Illinois
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Wednesday, June 28, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day
SIUE Edwardsville Campus, Edwardsville, Illinois
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Audience: Elementary (All are welcome!)

This two-day workshop introduces educators to integrating STEM education into their curriculum with maps.  Teachers will first learn about primary sources in the classroom, including the many free resources online from the Library of Congress, view sample lessons and curriculum.  Teachers then learn how to add inquiry into their units by learning about sample STEM-integrated history lessons that use maps in unconventional ways.  These lessons include analysis tools to integrate STEM-related thinking into their classroom curriculum.  Finally, educators will have an opportunity to plan to integrate lessons and tools into their own curriculum with the support of a STEM educator.  This workshop is geared towards elementary grade level educators, but all are welcome! 

This is a partnered event with the SIUE STEM Center. For more information about the workshop, please contact Matt Johnson, mattjoh@siue.edu.

Analyzing Primary Sources in the Elementary School

Tuesday, July 11, 2017- Wednesday, July 12, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day
SIUE Edwardsville Campus, Edwardsville, Illinois

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Cost: FREE*
Participants will focus on utilizing effective questioning and facilitation strategies when using the Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool with a variety of primary source formats. Participants will learn search strategies to navigate the Library of Congress website as well as the benefits of the Library of Congress Teacher's Page and Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog. Integration of primary source analysis, as a way to show benefit of the use of primary sources in the classroom, will be emphasized through brainstorming discussions as well as illustrative real-world examples. Participants will design a primary source analysis activity with students as part of a larger activity. These will be presented at the end of the workshop.  *Lunch will be provided.  The facilitator, Tom Bober, currently works in the Clayton School District in Missouri and recently served as the Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress in 2016/17 school year. 

*Grant funded workshop through the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Project at SIUE

Incorporating Primary Sources from the Library of Congress into the School Library

Thursday, July 13 - Friday, July 14, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
each day
Springfield, Illinois

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Cost: FREE

Participants will be introduced to effective search strategies to use on the Library of Congress (LC) website and other Library of Congress databases (ex. Chronicling America). Strategies in the use of primary sources in the school setting will include the use of the LC Primary Source Analysis Tool, Stanford History Education Group, and Visible Thinking. Highlighted areas for integration during the workshop will revolve around literature and student research, to target typical library curriculums and teaching focus areas. Participants will design a primary source analysis activity with students as part of a larger activity. These will be presented at the end of the workshop. *Lunch will be provided.  The facilitator, Tom Bober, currently works in the Clayton School District in Missouri and recently served as the Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress in 2016/17 school year. 

*Grant funded project through the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Project at SIUE

Civics, Standards, and News Literacy:  
Providing a Pathway for Student Engagement 
(FLYER)

July 17-18, 2017
8 AM - 4 PM each day
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS (Middle school teachers are welcome!)

IMPORTANT:  This is an ISBE supported PD event in relation to the new IL Social Science Standards and IL civics mandate.  SIUE is serving as an institutional partner for the southwest region.

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Cost: FREE

Join the McCormick Foundation and Illinois Civics Teacher Mentors from the region for a two-day workshop centered on the practices required for implementing the new civics course requirement and emerging Illinois Social Science Standards. The new Illinois Social Studies Standards provide a clear pathway for students to engage in public policy work. Collaborate with experts in the field and like-minded professionals as you learn how to implement the Illinois civic education requirements to design and assess informed action in your classroom. Walk away with news literacy strategies to help your students become wise consumers AND producers of information as they investigate and conduct inquiry into compelling questions that shape our republic.

Explicit connections will be made to the Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching; the Common Core State Standards as well as the Illinois Social Studies Standards for Civics. Free resources and CPDU's will be provided.  Graduate credit is available for a nominal fee. Registration is free and attendees will receive a complimentary breakfast and lunch both days. A laptop would be helpful, but not required.


Can't make this event on July 17-18?  
View this flyer for additional workshop dates and locations in Illinois.

Facilitators:  Mary Ellen Daneels (Community High School District 94- West Chicago), Shawn Healy (McCormick Foundation), & Barbara Laimins (Community High School District 94- West Chicago)

Teaching with Primary Sources Online Workshop

Monday, July 10 - Friday, August 11, 2017
Online

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Cost: FREE*

Are you interested in learning more about integrating primary sources in your classroom or library?  Are you committed to working with colleagues across Illinois and North Carolina and maybe even the country?  

Participants will read, watch videos, engage in online exploration, participate in discussion forums and develop and submit a learning activity with primary source analysis at its core.  This online workshop will be structured in modules, each about 1 week long, with a longer period at the end during which you'll complete your learning activity. 

This type of professional development offers teachers flexibility of time and an opportunity to personalize learning, however, the success of this online professional development is strongly dependent on everyone offering and sharing their experiences, feedback, and questions in a timely manner.  With the support of the facilitators, colleagues in the workshop, and the TPS Teacher's Network, you should be well on your way when classes begin in the fall! 

Successful participants will receive a certificate that documents 20 hours of professional development. For IL teachers, an Evidence Form will be offered upon successful completion, which includes active participation in discussions and sharing a primary source analysis activity within the TPS Network.

*Partnered event through the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Project at Mars Hill TPS

Summer 2017 Graduate Courses (Online/Blended)


CI 519: Adventure of the American Mind / CI 519 B: Teaching with Primary Sources (Partially online)

Tuition Waivers Accepted (FLYER) 
July 3 - August 4 (We will not meet every week due to online assignments.)
Location:  FH 0313
Instructors:  Randy Smith, Professor in School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) at SIUE and Amy Wilkinson (TPS SIUE)

CI 519 Description:
Learn search strategies in accessing primary sources from the Library of Congress' digital collections and discuss effective teaching strategies for integrating primary sources to assist your students to engage, think critically, and inquire!  This course is open to all K-12 teachers and educators.  Teachers will create two inquiry-based, primary source-based lessons or activities that can be utilized in the following school year.

For questions about the course or schedule, contact Dr. Smith at resmith@siue.edu.  
  

CI 519 B Description:
Research the Library of Congress website, discuss effective teaching strategies and assessments of learning when integrating primary sources to assist students to 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 or schedule, contact Dr. Smith at resmith@siue.edu.

 

HIST 554-501 Problems in 19th Century America (ONLINE) (FLYER) 

July 3-August 4
Instructor:  Jason Stacy, Department of Historical Studies with TPS support from Amy Wilkinson

Description:
PROBLEMS IN 19 TH CENTURY AMERICA (HIST 554) takes a thematic and hands-on approach to analyzing significant issues in nineteenth-century US history. The course focuses on specific themes in US history in conjunction with content collections on the Library of Congress website. It offers a content-specific curriculum that situates lesson planning within historical content. Students undertake online, weekly discussions of major themes of nineteenth-century history and create primary-source history lessons using the Library of Congress digital collections with the help of a Teaching with Primary Sources liaison and a professional historian.

For questions about the course content, schedule, or to enroll, 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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