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Civil rights march on Washington, D.C.

  Civil rights march on Washington, D.C.

Free Idea Book for Educators—
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom

Click here for information on how to get this awesome Idea Book for your classroom.  Resources were gathered from the Library of Congress exhibit in the screenshot below. Click on the image and take a look at the amazing information and primary sources offered!

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Content in the center of each page of this site will change, but the side navigation bars  remain the same throughout the site.  On this index page you will find
What is
Teaching with
Primary Sources?
& Opportunities

News, Announcements and Opportunities


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Illinois Council for the Social Studies 2015 Spring Conference

Please note Friday, March 6, 2015 on your calendar now! For the first time, EIU will host the ICSS conference for teachers. Click here for information.

The conference theme is Developing Content Knowledge and Literacy Skills in Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Environments. As teachers we consciously (and instinctively) develop and implement strategies that develop literacy skills while engaging students in the subject matter content that we love and they need. 

This is a great time for TPS EIU alumni, friends and colleagues to present the amazing things happening in their classroom to other educators. Check back often or email Cindy at


TPS EIU Professional Development information! Check out our new page to learn about all of the options we offer. I'm sure we can fit into your busy schedule!


Be sure to check out the awesome webinars being offered by the Library's education outreach staff - these are presentations for teachers and given by teachers!

Teacher Webinar with Teaching Tolerance, Thursday January 22: Civil Rights and Analyzing Images

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the conditions that led to it and its legacy are the subjects of a four-part webinar series starting this month. Co-facilitated by education experts from Teaching Tolerance and the Library of Congress, the series will invite participants to examine unique primary sources from the Library’s collections that illuminate the laws and practices that preceded the act as well as discuss teaching strategies to use in the classroom.
Join us for the first hour-long webinar on January 22 at 4 p.m. EST. We will engage in a model primary source analysis; learn from Teaching Tolerance about nine areas essential to civil rights education; reflect on strategies that help students build understanding about the complexity of the civil rights era; and find out how to access Library of Congress resources for teachers.

For information about more interesting webinars offered through the Library's Educational Outreach Professional Outreach initiative click here.


Resource Spotlight

 Teach with Lincoln

Teaching with Lincoln
We have moved the site that we created for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial to our local server. You will find links to resources for teachers and students here. If you had this site bookmarked, please change the link! If you aren't familiar with the site - take a look!


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TPS EIU at NCSS '14 
In November, Dr. Cindy Rich presented a poster session at the NCSS annual conference in Boston with Dr. Anne Bell, TPS University of Northern Colorado. The presentation was titled "Social Studies Strong: Building Literacy Muscle with Primary Sources". For information and links to resources, click the image of the poster or title above. 


Podcast - Join Cindy for TechTalk4Teacher podcasts with EIU colleagues, Dr. Tom Grissom, Instructional Technology Center Director and Mike Gioia, Asst. Dir. of Information Security. Casts cover a variety of education technology topics and each host brings unique perspective and expertise.


What is Teaching with Primary Sources?

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, which bring to bear the world’s knowledge in almost all of the world’s languages and America’s private sector intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats. The Library seeks to spark the public’s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits.

In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. Today, the Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staff—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s award-winning Web site

The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to: build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources.

The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K-12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.  Learn more about the Library’s TPS program and other resources available to teachers at

Members of the TPS Educational Consortium assist in the design of the TPS program and offer TPS professional development on an ongoing basis, year round. Visit to view a list of current Consortium members and their respective states.

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 workshops and presentations at no cost. TPS was brought to the EIU campus thanks to the efforts of Senator Dick Durbin.

We welcome your comments and ideas about our site. Please email us if you would like to see something new or have an idea for a theme.
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Teaching with Primary Sources
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Director: Cindy Rich, Ph.D.  



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