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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 at no cost?

For more information or to personalize an event, email or contact us directly.

Upcoming Events

March 2015  

The Louisiana Purchase:  Connecting with Artifacts and Digital Resources in the Classroom
Tuesday, March 10, 5PM-8PM at the Missouri History Museum &
Saturday, March 14, 10:30 Am-12:30 PM at the SIUE, Edwardsville campus

Engage with museum experts at the Missouri History Museum for an evening on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 beginning at 5PM.  The manager of the K-12 Education Programs at the Missouri History Museum will share their approach in helping K-12 students use visual thinking strategies  Then listen to the curator and the writing and research fellow of the "The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America" share how the exhibit was planned, how artifacts and documents were chosen and how the exhibit was created.  We'll continue our learning on the morning of Saturday, March 14, 2015 for a 2-hour session to explore and connect with primary sources and teaching resources from the Library of Congress [].  
Registration is closed.   *EVENT CANCELLED

June 2015 

Learning with Veteran and Community Stories
Teacher Summer Institute
Monday, June 1 – Thursday, June 4
9:00 AM-3:30 PM each day 
Main Location:  SIUE Edwardsville Campus (exact location TBD)

Learn strategies to help students analyze oral histories and how to collect and edit a story with local veterans and community members.  Repeated attendance is welcomed.  If you have someone that would like to be interviewed, please contact Amy Wilkinson at  PDs/CPDUs will be available.  Come and be part of history!

Workshop Especially for Librarians/Media Specialists 
Introduction to Teaching with Primary Sources and the Library of Congress Digital Resources
June 15 & 16
9:00 AM- 3:30 PM
Location:  SIUE Campus, Edwardsville, Illinois (Exact location TBA)

This 2-day workshop explores how primary sources from the Library of Congress can be used in the K-12th grade library and classrooms.  The faciliator for this workshop, Mr. Tom Bober, is currently a librarian at Captain Elementary School in Clayton, Missouri and has attended two Library of Congress Teacher Summer Institutes in Washington, D.C.  He will share his passion for using the Library's resources and archive. PDs/CPDUs will be available.

Please register for this event by contacting Margaret Fredericksen at or 618-650-3263.

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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, 2013

"I enjoyed this workshop far more than any I have taken in a very long time." -Workshop participant, 2013

"The best features of this workshop were the use of analyzing primary sources to increase critical thinking and literacy skills." -Workshop participant, 2012

"The workshop will really help me with CCSS [Common Core State Standards], particularly the primary source analysis tool." -Workshop participant, 2012

"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, 2012

"The best feature was the exposure to so many different sources which are available to all (free)!" -Workshop participant, 2012

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