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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 2014  

Abraham Lincoln and the Forging of Modern America Workshops hosted by the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture 
SIUE, Edwardsville campus  
Deadline to apply: March 4, 2014
You have been invited to submit an application to attend this week-long workshop to hear expert lectures and visit various historical sites in Springfield, Illinois. The workshop is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and will provide a $1200 stipend. TPS SIUE is scheduled to present for one hour during each week-long workshop. The available workshop dates are June 23- 27 and July 14-18, 2014.  For more information or to apply, visit

One day conference in Peoria, Illinois: Illinois Council for the Social Studies Conference, Theme: A Civil Right
March 21, 2014, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
See Keynote Speaker, Dr. James Loewen (Author of Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong) at the upcoming conference!  To register for the conference or send in a proposal to present, visit
TPS SIUE will be hosting an Illinois TPS table and is hoping to present a session! Hope to see you there!

CI 519- Teaching with Primary Sources spring semester graduate course to be held in Collinsville and Smithton, Illinois!
For more information or to register, contact Dr. Randall Smith at or 618-650-3434.

CI 519- Teaching with Primary Sources summer semester graduate course to be held on SIUE campus, register today!
For more information or to register, contact Dr. Randall Smith at or 618-650-3434.

More events for 2014 will be announced soon! 

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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