The goal of this project was to provide high-quality professional development centered on primary source instruction across the state of Indiana. Strands at the Indiana Council for the Social Studies (ICSS) 2018 conference focused on TPS training and primary sources based on civil rights. Regional workshops held after the 2018 conference trained more educators and pre-service teachers in TPS techniques and the use of resources from the Library of Congress. Teachers trained at these sessions presented in the TPS strand at the 2019 annual conference. Materials produced through the grant were disseminated via a section devoted to grant activities and workshops on the ICSS website, panel presentations, and social media.
Contact: Andrew Smith
This award was granted to Indiana University's Center for the Study of Global Change and included the following cosponsors: Indiana University–Center on Congress, Geography Educators' Network of Indiana, and the Brown University Choices for the 21st Century program of the Watson Institute for International Studies. The skills of integrating primary sources from the Library of Congress were applied to the deliberation process as defined by the Integrating International and Civic Education Project. This project also broadened the use of digitized primary sources by Indiana teachers in general, particularly with regard to international topics. With the utilization of a train-the-trainer model, more than 125 teachers throughout the state of Indiana were impacted.
Indiana University’s Center for the Study of Global Change was awarded a grant to build upon the experiences of those who participated in EDPUPS I. The TPS Midwest Region's Level I and Level II programs were used for personnel and instruction in the Integrating International and Civic Education (IICE) deliberation process. Twenty participants incorporated the use of primary sources to create learning experiences with an international focus that were presented to other participants and posted to relevant websites.
Contact: N. Brian Winchester
Elementary school teachers in northeastern Indiana learned how to use digitized resources from the Library of Congress in this grant project awarded to Ball State University. They created sample materials and received direct instruction on how to create their own project on George Rogers Clark and the American Revolution, an important part of the state standards for 4th and 5th grades. Teachers were shown how the Library's materials connect to local resources available in their community, and they worked together to form a network in their schools where they can share information.
Elementary social studies graduate students who completed their social studies program were taught the skills and knowledge to access and utilize digital primary sources from the Library of Congress. Students created teaching materials to teach 3rd- and 4th-grade students about pioneer life and antebellum issues in the Midwest and the Ohio River Valley. Key staff received training on the use of the Library of Congress website so they could help students prepare their instructional materials. This staff training also helped to sustain the efforts initiated by the project.
Sixty-five elementary in-service teachers were trained to use the Library of Congress website at three sites in Central Indiana. Collaborating with their local historical society to create a support network, teachers drew upon local primary source photographs from the Ball State University photo collection to find connections between their local resources and sources from the Library of Congress. They were required to create a teaching packet of a historical collection, a seven-lesson plan unit, and an assessment task for each collection. All materials were widely distributed throughout Indiana.
Contact: Dr. Ronald V. Morris
With this award granted to Indiana University South Bend, the curriculum of a required social studies methods course was modified. Pre-service teachers learned how to use Library of Congress collections for creating digital videos and designing a lesson plan which aligns with Indiana Academic Standards for U.S. History. This project reached 25 pre-service teachers and the modified syllabus is intended for future use.
Using digital primary resources from the Library of Congress, an instructional unit focusing on the role of copyright as it applied to teachers was developed and embedded within a required instructional technology course. Pre-service teachers identified and explained copyright issues that impacted K–12 classrooms, accessed and utilized primary resources, aligned the digital resources to the Indiana Standards, and created a teaching product that included primary sources focused on an academic standard.
Contact: Dr. Judith Oates Lewandowski
A two-week sustainable graduate professional development experience was designed to encourage teachers' continual use of resources from the Library of Congress and the Indiana digital archives. Participants focused on the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the Library of Congress website, then created high-quality learning experiences utilizing digitized primary sources. Participants gave their team project presentations, which were followed by feedback from the History Educators Network of Indiana (HENI) and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) educators.
Contact: Kendra Clauser
A year-long professional development program was generated to focus on the integration of the Library of Congress digital primary resources and instructional technology into the K–8 curriculum. The professional development program will consist of three workshops covering digital primary sources from the Library of Congress concept mapping software, creating a photo book, and utilizing the Library's resources within digital videos.
Contact: Stephen Hoffman
The librarians from Michigan City Area Schools (MCAS) formed a cadre to teach and support classroom teachers to use primary source documents from the Library of Congress website. A summer professional development workshop introduced teachers to the value of primary source documents and how to locate and use the Library's website materials. Provided with an understanding of effective instructional practices for teaching with primary sources, teachers then created lessons that were posted online for other teachers to access. The cadre maintained an asynchronous online workshop to support teacher inquiry and provide additional learning opportunities about primary sources documents for teachers.
Contact: Mary Gish
A year-long professional development series focusing on the integration of digitized Library of Congress primary sources and instructional technology was created for the K–8 curriculum. Classroom teachers worked through a series of activities to learn how to access and utilize various types of primary sources while creating lessons that align with the Common Core Standards and the Indian Academic Standards. The entire St. Pius X faculty was able to participate in this professional development opportunity, which will help to sustain this project's efforts by having a building-wide support system.
Contact: Elaine Holmes