Goals for this project awarded to the University of Oklahoma were related to the growth of teacher knowledge associated with classroom materials, content knowledge, and pedagogical practices. Educators explored the TPS program using the resources on the Library of Congress website. Being introduced to primary source materials for investigation allowed teachers to build content knowledge, as well as explore pedagogical opportunities for students. Participants modeled inquiry about U.S. history and developed an enriched understanding across different eras. With this enriched understanding, they designed culturally relevant materials that exemplified historical inquiry and used developmentally appropriate primary source materials. Participants then shared knowledge and experiences of the workshop in presentations at one or more professional settings.
Contact: Kristy Brugar
This project, awarded to the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County, implemented a four-day summer institute for educators. Teams were arranged to include a teacher and librarian from a single school to encourage collaboration during the institute and after they returned to their schools. Instructors used pre-test results from participants to refine program activities. Specific activities presented during the summer institute were developed using the information provided by the Professional Development Builder section under the Teacher page at the Library of Congress website. Online modules were also utilized.
Contact: Jenny Regier
The Piedmont Public Schools, in collaboration with the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma City Zoo, provided professional development workshops to middle school and high school teachers on primary sources locally and from the Library of Congress. Connecting with local organizations gave participants access to experts who helped them discover the vast collection of primary sources available to enrich their classrooms. Using a train-the-trainer model, participants trained other teachers within their schools, sharing their new knowledge with their peers.
Contact: Tara Hixon
The purpose of this project, awarded to the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Oklahoma State Department of Education, was to introduce teachers to the resources of the Library of Congress, particularly those related to animals, conservation, geography, and history. The project conducted a four-day institute for teachers. Teachers worked in teams of two or three, which included one teacher and one librarian from a single school to encourage collaboration in primary source activities and lesson plans.
Contact: Amy Stephens
This project was a combined effort by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the Oklahoma Historical Society. Professional development was provided for ten teams consisting of one in-service teacher and one school librarian during a four-day workshop. Participants were introduced to the integration of primary sources, digital resources from the Library of Congress, and resources from Oklahoma historical records and repositories. The project fostered collaboration as teams worked together to create lesson plans using primary sources. Following the workshop, participants were expected to provide professional development to introduce the Library's digital resources to their peers at the school and district levels.
Contact: Elaine Regier
This project, awarded to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, provided training for both in-service teachers and librarians. Teams consisting of two teachers and one librarian learned how to integrate primary sources into their curriculum to encourage students' critical thinking skills. These teams had the opportunity to use resources from both the Library of Congress website and local resources to create activities and lessons to use in the classroom.
This project, awarded to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, trained ten teams of in-service teachers and school librarians from across Oklahoma. The teams were introduced to the integration of primary sources from the Library of Congress and resources from Oklahoma historical records and repositories. The teams created lessons using these primary sources, which were also stored on a website. Participants were expected to provide professional development training to introduce digital resources from the Library of Congress to their peers at the school and district levels. They were also encouraged to present at statewide conferences. Finally, this project provided additional training on the use of the Library's digital resources through various conferences and workshops by focusing on individual topics, such as Westward Expansion.
Contact: Jan Davis