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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:
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   

Learn more about the professional development being offered through the TPS SIUE program.

Upcoming Events & Professional Development Opportunities

All workshops are FREE, except when obtaining graduate credit. Visit often for new listings!

Thanks to all for a wonderful summer of learning!  All of us at TPS want to wish everyone a fantastic 2017/18 school year!  

Fall/Winter 2017 Professional Development Opportunities

Conferences, conferences, and more conferences!!!  Come by and see us this fall at a conference near you!

Illinois Council for the Social Studies Conference

Friday, October 13, 2017
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Harper College, Palatine, Illinois 60067

Conference registration site:

Audience: K-12 Social Science Teachers and CollegeFaculty for Pre-Service

Visit us at the Teaching with Primary Sources Exhibitor table for tips, ideas and support when integrating the Library of Congress website and primary sources into your curriculum or join us at a conference session!

TPS Conference Presentation Information:

Illinois GeoFest
One day, drive-in conference for geography and elementary educators

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Times: TBA
Illinois State University, ormal, Illinois

Conference information:   

Save the Date - The Illinois Geographic Alliance and the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment at Illinois State University will host the 2017 Illinois GeoFest (a 1-day, drive-in conference for geography educators) on the campus of Illinois State University (Normal, Illinois).

2017 National Council of Teacher of English (NCTE) Annual Convention 

November 16-19, 2017
American Center Convention Complex
St. Louis, Missouri

Conference information and registration: 

Be sure to join Mrs. Westphal for an engaging conference session that shares how she integrates primary sources into her English courses.

TPS Conference Presention:  
Kristin Westphal- English Teacher, Collinsville High School, Collinsville, Illinois
Date and time of presentation: TBA

2017 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference

November 17-19, 2017
Moscone Center
San Francisco, California

Conference Information and Registration: 

TPS Poster Session Strand- Come and visit a variety of TPS Poster Sessions from all over the country on the following days/times, including our very own, Dr. Bethany Hill-Anderson from McKendree University!
Exact dates/times: TBA  

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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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