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.
Barat Education Foundation's new Citizen U website empowers teachers to prepare tomorrow's citizens today by integrating inquiry-based civics across core curriculum disciplines. The site includes 31 lessons for elementary, middle, and high school students. Teachers who download lessons and fill out a feedback form will be entered into a monthly raffle. Contact: Sheila Smith
Twelve regional workshops across Minnesota and Wisconsin are scheduled for the 2018–19 school year. The workshop addresses Tenet 2 of culturally relevant pedagogy: developing students' cultural competence and using the inquiry process and relevant primary sources for both history and geography. Contact: Kara Knight
Learn more about the collection that includes letters, diaries, speeches, White House press releases, and family records of the 26th US president.
Gain knowledge and skills needed to utilize digital primary sources from the Library of Congress website, create activities and lessons that facilitate the Common Core Standards, and engage students in active learning while developing critical thinking skills and constructing knowledge. This course is self-paced and can be taken for professional development hours or ISU graduate credit. For more information, email Dr. Richard Satchwell, TPS Midwest Regional director or call (309) 438-3441. Register for Courses