This grant was awarded to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association for two years in a row, to conduct professional development workshops. These projects provided a varied program of lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work that introduced teachers to the holdings and organization of the Library of Congress as well as the Hoover Presidential Library. Participants learned how to do research in historical records, create classroom materials from records, and present documents in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities.
Contact: Mary Evans
This award allowed the University of Northern Iowa to create an entire website to support the PATHWAYS project. The PATHWAYS Project is an online library of lesson modules developed by teacher education students at the University of Northern Iowa. The lesson modules were based on primary sources from the Library of Congress. Each module included learning objectives, materials, primary sources, lesson plans and assessment strategies. The lesson modules are available for teachers to use anytime anywhere and are designed primarily for the elementary and middle level classroom.
Contact: Dr. Sarah Montgomery and Dr. Lynn E. Nielsen
This project by the Mid Iowa School Improvement Consortium created and conducted a workshop that provides a varied program of lectures, demonstrations, analysis of primary documents, independent research, and group work to introduce teachers to the holdings and organization of the Library of Congress website. Participants learned how to do research on the Library of Congress website, created supplemental classroom materials from records aligned to the national literacy core (text complexity, close reading) and Iowa Core Social Studies (content and historical thinking), and presented documents in ways that sharpen students’ skills and enthusiasm for history and government. Each participant selected a specific topic in a unit typically taught in Iowa secondary American history or government courses, search the topic online at the Library of Congress, and developed a lesson plan that supplemented instruction in his or her classroom.
Contact: Dave Christensen
This project provided social studies teachers across Iowa with an opportunity to participate in professional development on the use of primary sources from the Library of Congress’ website. The workshop leaders modeled the use of primary sources and Library of Congress resources. The workshop leaders also modeled “best practices” in social studies instruction and connected teachers with the ELA Literacy Standards, the Iowa Core Standards, and the newly released C3 Framework. The project provided teachers with concrete ways to address these standards through the use of primary sources and historical thinking skills.
Contact: Stefanie Rosenberg Wager