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Funded 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 www.loc.gov/teachers.   
   



Educator Opportunities


We plan meaningful and engaging opportunities for educators in Illinois and the Metro East St. Louis region throughout the year. Please contact us directly to schedule a personalized professional development experience for your classroom or school!

Coming this fall and winter!

Integrating Inquiry, STEM Thinking, and the Social Studies: The Importance of Community 
Led by the SIUE STEM Center and SIUE Teaching with Primary Sources Program

Date & Time: TBA
Audience:  Elementary Educators (However, all are welcome!)
PD hours available


REGISTRATION- Available soon!
Cost: Free, paid through educational grant funding

Location:  
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Exact location TBA
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026

    This workshop introduces ways STEM education can be integrated into elementary and middle school social studies curriculum. Teachers will learn to incorporate STEM-related thinking into their classroom curriculum by exploring human impacts on communities with analysis tools and primary sources. Teachers will have time to explore and research primary sources and topics from a STEM perspective. Additional time will be given to create a plan to integrate similar activities and tools into their own curriculum with the support of STEM educators. Participants will also receive classroom tools and goodies to take back to the classroom!

Contact Amy Wilkinson (amwilki@siue.edu) or Matt Johnson (mattjoh@siue.edu) with questions.



Pairing Literature with Primary Sources & Inquiry Learning
Led by SIUE Teaching with Primary Sources Program 

Date & Time: TBA
Audience: Elementary Educators
PD hours
 available

REGISTRATION- Available soon!
Cost: Free, paid through educational grant funding

Location:  
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Exact location TBA
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026

    Do you have a wonderful story that needs a little help from primary sources? Are you interested in engaging strategies and tools rooted in effective teaching practices and research to help students think more deeply, make connections, and learn to ask more questions? This workshop is for you! Come join us as we engage in inquiry activities with primary sources from the Library of Congress paired with literature. You will need to bring one historical fiction or non-fiction book or story with you to the workshop.  Time will be given for research to select a primary source(s) and create an activity to go along with the book for the 2019/2020 school year.

    We’d like to GIVE BACK TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, so...TPS SIUE will partner with you to donate a simplified version of your activity and book, in your name, to a local community center serving underserved/at-risk youth.  Come join us as we learn together, create something wonderful for our classrooms, and give back to our local communities!

Contact Amy Wilkinson (amwilki@siue.edu) with questions.



FALL GRADUATE COURSES @ SIUE

CI 495- Maker Education and Project-Based Learning
Instructor: Dr. Barbara O'Donnell, Department of Teaching & Learning
Location: Science East 3256, SIUE Edwardsville Campus

Course Description: This course provides a study of creative thinking and problem solving through Maker Education, Problem and Place Based Learning, Visual Thinking Strategies, and Teaching with Primary Sources. Students will use Design Thinking processes such as those used by inventors. They will learn to apply STEM content, learning strategies and primary sources throughout the K-12 curriculum.

Questions about enrollment or the course content? Contact Dr. Barbara O'Donnell at bodonne@siue.edu or (618) 650-3422



CI 510- Analysis of Instruction: P-12 
Instructor: Dr. Barbara O'Donnell, Department of Teaching & Learning
Location: Science East 1264

Course Description: Analysis of Instruction: P-12 - Teaching and relationship between teaching and learning in the area of P-12. 

Questions about enrollment or the course content? Contact Dr. Barbara O'Donnell at bodonne@siue.edu or (618) 650-3422



Featured Resources from loc.gov

Primary Source Sets at the LOC.gov

    
September 17 
Celebrate Constitution Day with Primary Sources!


FREE Civic Interactive Apps for K-12 Classrooms!

September-October
National Hispanic Heritage Month Resources
 
and
November
National American Indian Heritage Month Resources for Teachers 

Teaching Strategies from the Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog

Join the TPS Teachers Network for teaching ideas and sources from other teachers & librarians! 

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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