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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.



Professional Development

  • 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

  • Fall 2023 Workshop
    • Fundamentals of Primary Source Instruction
    • Advanced Primary Source Instruction (prerequisite: Fundamentals of PSI)

    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. Self-paced course, 25 PD hours. Email Dr. Judy Bee or call (309)438-5468.

  • Teaching with Primary Sources in the Elementary Classroom

    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

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  • 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.

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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.