TPS EIU Jump-Start

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(10 to 12 hrs) With the same content as the TPS EIU in Action Institute, TPS EIU Jump-Start is packed into a four week schedule for immediate implementation and impact with current curriculum.  Click here for details. Stipends and technology incentives may be available for this TPS EIU Jump-Start institutes. Contact Cindy to discuss options!



Custom Content Each TPS EIU event incorporates Library of Congress educational resources (remember, we are part of a Library of Congress educational initiative) AND is customized to address local pedagogical needs and interests (remember, we are also part of the EIU College of Education & Professional Studies). In addition to presenting and publishing various historical topics and themes, TPS EIU staff is knowledgeable and experienced in the areas of Language Arts, Content Literacy, Common Core State Standards and more.  We are also eager to collaborate with you and develop new resources on these topics and others.  In addition, TPS EIU utilizes the support of experts in education and other fields when appropriate to provide high quality professional development. 

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WANTED!   A group of four to ten teachers to collaborate in a  program in which they will: learn about Library of Congress educational initiatives and the value of teaching with primary sources; create a primary source based activity to be authentically implemented with students and share professional insight and feedback on the teaching and learning experience.


Four to ten educators with a common interest. Examples include, but are not limited to, content area, grade level, topic, pedagogical interest or school.  

Whether you are alumni of Teaching with Primary Sources EIU, a new member of your faculty team or a brand new teacher - the Library of Congress has resources that will support your teaching. A common misconception is that TPS EIU is only beneficial to social studies and history teachers.  While they are some of the most passionate fans, educators of all disciplines and grades find valuable resources for their classrooms and experience the benefits of teaching with primary sources that come in a variety of formats, from diverse people and places and across decades and eras. 

Commitment to the project plan spanning four weeks with all dates finalized prior to first meeting.  (Meetings will be held on the school site at times most convenient to participating teachers.)

- A team must consist of four to ten current K-12 teachers with a common attribute.
- Each teacher must attend all sessions and meetings.
- Each teacher will create, submit, implement and reflect upon one unique activity that incorporates Library of Congress primary sources.
- All requirements must be completed within the predetermined timeframe. 
- This project involves a commitment for independent work beyond the scheduled meetings to develop, implement and reflect on the learning activity.

Schedules must include a four week period that allows authentic application of primary sources into curriculum. 

Refer to your curriculum plans/calendar  when considering a schedule - what are you teaching and where will primary sources enhance student learning? 

The following sessions are required and must be attended by all particpants.  All dates should be established before the first meeting. 

INTRODUCTION AND FUNDAMENTALS (Meeting One, Week 1)  Minimum 3 hours with more time required for "newbies" to - All team members attend a workshop covering: the Library of Congress website and resources, benefits of teaching with primary sources, and expectations, requirements and development of activities that fit into curriculum during the coming months.  Activity topics will be decided upon prior to leaving this session.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT (Meeting Two and Three) Minimum 2 hours - All teachers meet to share and discuss completed activity plans and demonstrate activities.  At this time dates of implementation will be submitted. 

IMPLEMENTATION (Independent Work) Individual teachers are responsible for implementation of both activities and completion of reflection sheets.         

4) REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION (Meeting Four, Final Week) Minimum 1 hour – Submission of final activity drafts and reflections and discussion.

Sample Schedule: Participants meet:

Week One: Meeting #1 (Mon. or Tues.) 3 hours
                 Introduction and Fundamentals
                   Meeting #2 (Thurs. or Fri.) 1 hour
                 Planning and Development

Week Two: Meeting #3 1 hour
                 Planning and Development

Week Three: Implementation

Week Four: Meeting #4 1 hour
                 Reflection and Discussion

This program requires independent work beyond meetings. TPS EIU support is available via email or added meetings. 


Who? Gather a group of 4-10 interested teachers. Speak with colleagues who teach similar grade levels, content areas, building level or are part of a cohesive group and ask if they would like to collaborate.  This will be an opportunity to work together, discuss curriculum objectives and opportunities for future collaboration. Share how each is currently teaching with primary sources, previous Teaching with Primary Sources PD or Library of Congress site experience.

What? Identify a concept, themes or activities based on individual classroom needs.  This may be as broad (our community) or specific (Abraham Lincoln) as the team decides. 

When? Discuss possible schedules and ability to meet after school or during planning periods as a team with EIU TPS staff.  Required meetings are outlined above.

Everyone is excited and we want to participate!    Now what?     

Submit the following information by email to  We will contact the Team Coordinator for further discussion.  

#1 Team School(s) and address 
#2 What makes your group a team?  (The common attribute that allows you to collaborate and support one another as you teach with primary sources.)
#3 Points or comments for consideration by TPS EIU.
#4 Name and title of supportive administrator.

#1 Identify a Team Coordinator (key contact between group and TPS EIU)
#2 Please provide all information for each person individually.
- Name and contact information
- Teaching Assignment
- Prior Teaching with Primary Sources/Library of Congress experience.

#1 Take a look at the TPS EIU site calendar for our availability and let us know dates that work for you.

#1 What concept or theme should we implement?

This program requires independent work beyond meetings. TPS EIU support is available via email or added meetings. 

Participants will attend all meetings, create and submit a TPS formatted primary source activity, implement their activity with students, submit and participate in a thoughtful, professional reflection.


Looking for something else?

Check out our Customized Teaching with Primary Sources Institutes page and contact us.

Want to learn more or have an idea? Email Dr. Cindy Rich, TPS EIU Program Director at or call 217-581-7857. We are happy to discuss possible topics and schedules or simply answer questions.


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