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TPS SIUE event- Veteran and teachers view images on the laptop.Institutes are offered each summer to K-12th grade educators who have completed a Teaching with Primary Sources at SIUE workshop or graduate course.  Institutes are 3-4 days in length and incorporates a variety of activities that are topic-specific including: researching specific digital collections of the Library of Congress, engaging with scholars and experts, and visiting historical and cultural institutions.  Participants have the opportunity to create an activity for their classroom and follow-up with colleagues to reflect upon their use of primary sources in the classroom.  Institutes are a level II program event. 


Level II- Participants evaluate, create and teach topic-specific, content-informed lessons that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress and exemplify effective instructional practices.


    • Gain a thorough understanding of effective instructional practices with emphases on inquiry-based and student-centered learning using primary sources.
    • Learn to identify exemplary learning experiences.
    • Create standards-based, content-informed learning experiences integrating primary sources from the Library of Congress that exemplify effective instructional practices.
    • Teach, assess and reflect on their experiences using primary sources in instruction.
    • Evaluate the effects of primary source-based instruction on student learning.

In the News

Published in the SIUE Alumni Association, August eDition, on August 07, 2013. 

TPS Program Provides Unique Professional Development OpportunitiesTPS SIUE event- Veteran and teacher view a photo album.

Learning about folk music created during the Great Depression and digitizing oral histories from veterans were a few of the opportunities offered to K-12th grade educators this summer by the Teaching with Primary Sources Program at SIUE.

The Teaching with Primary Sources Program at SIUE (TPS SIUE) is funded by a grant from the Library of Congress and offers free professional development opportunities to K-12th grade educators. The mission of the TPS Program is to:

Build awareness of the Library of Congress’ educational initiatives

Provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources

Offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources

The SIUE TPS Program achieves this mission by offering events which assist teachers with the use of the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.  Along with a graduate course and introductory workshop series, summer institutes are offered each summer.

This summer's program events incorporated collaborations with other SIUE departments and cultural and historical institutions within the local area.

TPS SIUE event- Veteran and teacher view a photo album.Learning with Veterans Stories summer institute brought teachers and veterans together to collect and digitize oral histories which will be archived at the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and with the Illinois Veterans Classroom Project.

Teaching About the Great Depression summer institute included collaborations with the National Archives in St. Louis to visit the exhibit, "Through America’s Lens: Focusing on the Greatest Generation 1920-1945" along with presenter, Dr. Jeff Manuel, assistant professor of historical studies at SIUE. Scott Wolla, senior economic education specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, shared an economic perspective of the Great Depression. Dr. Darryl Coan, professor of music at SIUE, shared information about folk music created during the same time.

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