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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   

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

Geographic Thinking in Action: Using Maps and Other Primary Sources in the Elementary School Classroom (FLYER)

June 12-13, 2017
9 AM - 3:30 PM
Governors State University, University Park, Illinois

June 14-15, 2017
9 AM - 3:30 PM
Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois

This is an Illinois Geographic Alliance and Teaching with Primary Sources partnered event.  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.  Visit for more information.  Contact Illinois Geographic Alliance with questions at or call (309) 438-8115. 

Click here to REGISTER

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

July 17-18, 2017
8 AM - 4 PM
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois
(Exact location TBA)

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

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 Illinos 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.

Click here to REGISTER (Coming soon!)

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  

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


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

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


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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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