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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:
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   

2019 Professional Development Opportunities

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7 Ways of Thinking About African American Literature & Culture

Dr. Howard Rambsy from SIUE Department of English  

February 07, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: Cahokia School District, Cahokia, Illinois
Dinner and PD hours available
Free registration, thanks to an educational grant
Special Guest Presenter:  Dr. Howard Rambsy from SIUE Department of English

Audience: 5-12th grade educators, HOWEVER, ALL ARE WELCOME!

There are a wide range of subjects related to African American literature and history and approaches to covering those subjects in classroom contexts. But how might we make sure that what we cover is manageable at the same time congruent with core interests in the fields of African American literary studies? This session will highlight a select number of areas that have been important for many teachers and scholars in the field. Those areas include information about slavery and liberation, keywords, and major writers. In addition, the session will orient or re-introduce participants to useful modes for sharing content such as audio recordings and visual images.


Come see local and national TPS presenters at the upcoming 

National Council for the Social Studies Conference

November 30- December 02, 2018
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Conference information and registration: 

Poster Sessions for TPS Partners across the United States: 

Friday, November 30, 2018, 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Grand Ballroom B

SIUE TPS Conference Presention:  

Friday, November 30, 2018, 4:00 – 5:00 pm Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 
Active Vocabulary: Making Vocabulary Important in Elementary Social Studies Classrooms
Session #1504, Columbus EF, Ballroom Level, East Tower

Featured Resources from
Professional Development Webinars- View them at any time!

Native American Indian Resources

Teaching Strategies from the Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog

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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