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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Midwest Region

Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) is the premier educational program by the Library of Congress, focused on helping educators enhance students’ critical thinking and analysis skills and content knowledge using the Library’s collections of millions of digitized primary sources. The TPS Midwest Region at Illinois State University covers 17 states situated in the center of the United States, from Minnesota to Louisiana.


TPS Programming

Professional Development

  • Summer 2024 Workshop: Fundamentals of Primary Source Instruction

    Learn to utilize digital primary sources from the Library of Congress, create activities that facilitate the Common Core Standards, and engage students in active learning. Blend of asynchronous assignments and live meetings once every other week. Complete for 25PD Hours.

    To register, click here, email Joseph Skotzke or call (309) 438-3441.

  • "For Educators, By Educators"

    The National Women's History museum is inviting educators to participates in a resource development initiative in which they would collaborate with museum educators to explore women's impacts on society. Work is complete asynchronously via Google Classroom with one synchronous meeting on July 11th. 

    Information & application deadline: June 10 | Contact: Rebecca Ljungren

  • TPS Basics
    TPS Eastern Region

    This asynchronous online class provides educators with an overview of the digitized primary sources and teacher materials freely available through the Library of Congress web site,, as well as promising practices for their successful use in the classroom. || Information | Registration | Contact: Matthew Mandarino

  • Teaching with Primary Sources in the Elementary Classroom

    Explore the asynchronous, 7-hour self-paced course by Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville, Collaborative for Educational Services, Mars Hill University, & TPS Midwest Region. Free for Ed Leaders Network members, including all Illinois public school educators.

    Learn more about Teaching with Primary Sources in the Elementary Classroom

Library of Congress

  • Virtual Student Workshops at the Library of Congress

    Anytime: Tues through Thurs between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm CT, except for federal holidays, on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to staff availability.

    Access request form
  • America's Field Trip Scholastic Contest

    Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the United States, the America's Field Trip contest provides elementary, middle, and high school students with the opportunity to submit artwork, videos, or essays illustrating what America means to them. Monetary awards are available for students and sponsoring teachers.

    America's Field Trip contest information & application deadline: May 17

  • May TPS Partner2Partner Discussion

    Join TPS colleagues on Thursday, May 16th at 2:00pm CT to discuss "Multilingual Learners and TPS: Ideas, Questions, and Strategies." Guest facilitators Alison Noyes and Kristen Tabacco of the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies will engage partners of all TPS experience levels in reflecting on the inclusivity of their own projects to date.

    To attend, contact Stacie Moats by Wednesday, May 15th

  • Fall 2024 TPS Internship Application

    TPS internships at the Library of Congress provide current undergraduate/graduate students and recent graduates opportunities to work with and develop materials for learners ages 9+, their families, and/or K-12 teachers using the Library’s digitized primary sources.

    Two internships will run from August 19 through December 16. One full-time onsite intern in Washington, DC, and one part-time remote intern  | Internship application deadline: May 17



Regional Mini-Grants for TPS Consortium Members

These small grants will support partners who wish to investigate the impact of their TPS-related work, extend their TPS work by presenting about their grant activities at professional development events and conferences, or conduct follow-up TPS professional development workshops and courses. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis but must be approved in advance. For more information about applying for a mini-grant, please contact Dr. Judy Bee or call(309)438-5468.


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