Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.
The Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (TPS SIUE) is funded by a grant from the Library of Congress and is a member of the TPS Educational Consortium. Members of the TPS Educational Consortium assist in the design of the TPS program and offer TPS professional development on an ongoing basis, year round. Visit www.loc.gov/teachers/tps to view a list of current Consortium members and their respective states.
The mission of the Teaching with Primary Sources 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. The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K-12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library's digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge. Learn more about the Library's TPS program and other resources available to teachers at www.loc.gov/teachers.
Locally, TPS SIUE offers free professional development opportunities to current and future K-12th grade educators on the SIUE Edwardsville campus and at school sites to counties in southern Illinois, surrounding Edwardsville, free of cost.*
Professional development activities under Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) progress along three programs levels. K-12 educators have the option of taking workshops and courses offered by TPS Consortium members, under all or some of these levels, depending on their interests.
Participants gain strategies for using primary sources to help students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills and build content knowledge.
Participants evaluate, create and teach topic-specific, content-informed lessons that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress and exemplify effective instructional practices.