This project awarded to the Arkansas Community Institute worked with teachers from grades 5–10 to develop teaching materials that integrated primary documents from the Library of Congress' website. The educators also developed teaching kits using the Mississippi River as a theme which integrated primary sources from the Library of Congress. These teaching kits will be shared with seven museums within a 70-mile radius of Arkansas State University.
Contact: Walter Nunn
Arkansas State University was awarded this grant to train 7th–12th grade teachers to use the Library of Congress primary sources in science, social studies, and mathematics instruction. This project involved a 40-hour professional development workshop in which a diverse group of educators were trained in using the Library’s map and photograph collections to teach the integrated topics of Arkansas History, Tenant Farming in AR, AR Civilian Conservation Corps, AR Japanese Internment Camps, AR river/rail/road transportation, the New Madrid Earthquake, geography, scale models, proportional reasoning, geometry, and GPS Skills during the summer of 2011.
Contact: Cynthia Miller
Arkansas State University received funding to train 7th–12th grade social studies, science, and mathematics teachers in using Library of Congress resources with a special emphasis on photographic collections and public documents in order to teach the integrated topics of Arkansas History (required of all AR students). The focus of the professional development was on the use of primary sources to help students better understand floods and other natural disasters that have shaped the natural environment and had social implications on the farming life, race relations, modernization, and the decline of the Delta, which are all directly related to the conditions teachers and students still encounter today. The New Madrid Earthquake Fault and recent disaster preparedness issues offer opportunities to study geography, scale models, proportional reasoning, geometry, and GPS skills through primary source instruction. The session was held in the fall of 2012. Teachers received classroom equipment/materials with which to implement their TPS lesson plan and other project activities with their students while grant faculty observed and mentored.
A customized professional development course was developed that used Library of Congress’s digital primary sources and geocaching as a portal to cross-curriculum teaching in the K–12 classroom. The content-rich course, “This is Our Town,” was offered to 4th–12th grade public and private math and science classroom teachers. The focus of this course was to strengthen the participants’ content knowledge, and to develop skills to incorporate Library of Congress primary resources and geocaching into their cross-curricular lesson plans. Participants developed lesson plans and teaching materials for use in their classrooms. The course involved more than 30 hours of professional development that included a three-day intensive summer program followed by two one-day follow-up sessions during the academic year. During the follow-up sessions, the instructors observed participants implementing their lessons in the classroom.