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TPS SIUE Event- Educators view a primary source from the Library of Congress during a gallery walk-type exercise.Introductory Workshop Series

Workshop participants will become familiar with the breadth and organization of the Library of Congress’ digital primary sources, understand their value in instruction and create primary source-based inquiry-learning activities using Library of Congress primary sources.  Workshops are customizable.


Level I- Participants gain strategies for using primary sources to help students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills and build content knowledge.

Participants learn:

  • What are primary sources;
  • Why teach with primary sources; and
  • How to teach with primary sources.

Target Audience

K-12th grade current and future public and private school educators in the following
Illinois Regional Office of Education areas:

ROE 3: Bond/Fayette/Effingham Counties
ROE 10: Christian/Montgomery Counties
ROE 13: Clinton/Marion/Washington Counties
ROE 40: Calhoun/Green/Jersey/Macoupin Counties
ROE 41: Madison County
ROE 45: Monroe/Randolph Counties
ROE 50: St. Clair County


  • Workshops are held during in-service days, after school, and in the summer.

  • The basic workshop series is 12 hours in length. There are 3 formats available: 2 six-hour days, 3 four-hour days, and 4 three-hour days.

  • Workshops are hands-on and conducted by facilitator presentation and group collaboration.

  • The minimum number of participants per workshop series is 10 off-site or 50% of your staff and the maximum number of participants is 20.  


We will come to you! Because participants have more success when using familiar resources, we recommend that the workshop sessions are held at the participants’ school site (computer lab).  School districts or regional offices of education may also host a workshop at their own facility. There is no fee to the school or participant to have us come to your site.

Participants receive:

  • 12 CPDUs

  • Instructional materials

  • A flash drive 

For more information or to schedule a workshop, contact Margaret Fredericksen at, (618) 650-3263.

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