Faculty and Staff
Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) W Rich
Director, Teaching with Primary Sources
Office: 1415 - Buzzard Hall
Office Hours: By appointment and M & W 1 PM - 4 PM
Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources at EIU
TPS EIU is funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources program at Eastern Illinois University has been actively collaborating with Central Illinois K-12 educators since the program inception in January 2004. We are proud to support the goals and mission of the national TPS program through professional development, workshops and presentations.
Frequently Taught CoursesLiteracy, Assessment, and Differentiation in Secondary Schools (SED 4330)A course designed for all secondary pre-service teachers. Teaching strategies and materials for teaching comprehension, advanced study skills, and vocabulary will be addressed. Students will learn to use diagnostic, formative, and summative literacy assessments to support differentiated instruction.
Social Studies for Elementary School Children (ELE3340) Planning and organizing for instruction; material selection; and evaluation in social studies. Field-based activities will be provided in conjunction with ELE 4000 (clinical experience).
Teaching and Learning with Technology in Classrooms (EDU2022)- This course, based on the national and state educational technology standards is designed to prepare teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum. This course focuses on the effective use of technology in teaching and learning.
Reading and Study Skills (GST1000)-Learning principles as they apply to the development of efficient study skills, emphasis on reading instruction designed to improve comprehension and rate. This course is required for students readmitted to the university following academic suspensions and students admitted under special circumstances that do not meet EIU academic standards.
EducationDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Educational Leadership, Administration and Foundation, granted December 2008. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. Dissertation title: The Impact on Rural Illinois Communities when the Local High School is Closed.
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), Educational Administration, granted May 2001. Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Reading, granted May 1994. Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Language Arts (Reading and English), granted May 1991. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Educator Licensure: Illinois Educator License. Highly Qualified in the following areas: Reading Specialist, English (Gr 9-12), English as a Second Language, Journalism (Gr 9-12), Language Arts (Gr 1-8), Reading, Speech (Gr 9-12), Title I Remedial Reading, Nontitle I Remedial Reading.
Selected PublicationsSpeaking Their Language: Hashtags Rich, C. International Literacy Association. Literacy Daily Blog. 5/26/15
Examining the Historical Representation of Thanksgiving within Primary and Intermediate Children’s Literature. Bickford, J. and Rich, C. Journal of Children’s Literature. V41 n1 Spring 2015 pp 5-21
Scrutinizing and Supplementing Children’s Trade Books about Child Labor
Bickford, J. and Rich, C. Social Studies Research and Practice [Online], Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2015.
Facilitating Students’ Historical Scrutiny of Credibility within Slave Narratives
Bickford, J. and Rich, C. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies [Online], Vol 75, No 1, 2014.
Trade books’ Historical Representation of Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Helen Keller. Bickford III, J. and Rich, C. Social Studies Research and Practice [Online], v9 n1 Spring 2014
Examining the Representation of Slavery within Children’s Literature. Bickford III, J. and Rich, C. Social Studies Research and Practice [Online], v9 n1 Spring 2014
What’s In a Name? Learning from the Titles of Library of Congress Primary Sources – Part 2 [Blog Guest Post]. Rich, C. Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog. 5/8/14.
What’s In a Name? Learning from the Titles of Library of Congress Primary Sources – Part 1 [Blog Guest Post]. Rich, C. Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog. 5/1/14.
Facilitating Students’ Historical Scrutiny of Credibility within Slave Narratives. Bickford III, J. and Rich, C. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies [Online], 75 25 Feb 2014
Selected Conference PresentationsApproaches to Literacy. Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources National Director Meeting. Washington, DC July 2015
Social Studies Strong: Building Literacy Muscle with Primary Sources.National Council for the Social Studies, Boston, MA November 2014
Reading in the Disciplines: Primary Sources Beyond History. Librarian Day in conjunction with Illinois Reading Conference, Springfield, IL March 2014
Doing More with Less: Creating Literature Units with Primary Sources,Illinois Association of Teachers of English, Bloomington, IL October 2013 and National Council for Teachers of English, Boston, MA November 2013
Library of Congress Educational Tools andAn Introduction to the NEW congress.gov, Congress in the Classroom, Peoria, IL July 2013
Investigate the Past to Understand the Present, National Association for Media Literacy Education, Torrance, CA, July 2013
Evaluating, Employing and Supplementing Children’s History Based Literature, Illinois Council for the Social Studies, Edwardsville, IL, April 2013
Eyewitness to the Struggle for Change: Teaching with Primary Sources, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie, IL, February 2013