at Eastern Illinois University 


Those of you who have been to my office have read my favorite quote -

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming - Wow! What a ride! (Hunter Thompson)

Since January 2004, TPS EIU (formerly An Adventure of the American Mind) has had the privilege of working alongside east-central Illinois teachers to incorporate the resources available at the Library of Congress into meaningful classroom instruction. We have held workshop series at your schools, presented at in-services, shared information at conferences and spent many summers with you in our institutes. It has been an amazing experience. TPS EIU will end on September 30, 2017 and we cannot be more grateful for the wonderful opportunities we have had to serve teachers in the EIU region. 

With this transition, I am excited to have been able to move into a faculty position within the Department of Secondary Education and Foundations at EIU primarily assigned to teaching but with a percentage of my time still dedicated to TPS EIU and working with area schools and teachers. However, most of May through August '17 will be devoted to our final TPS EIU summer. 

We are currently planning professional development events for our final TPS EIU summer. If you have an idea or would like to talk about working with us before we go, please do not hesitate to contact me at While we will continue to offer PD, we also want to remind our TPS EIU alumni that the Library of Congress will carry on their tradition of offering digitized primary sources and resources for teachers.  Our goal at TPS EIU has been to support teachers in the development of a culture of teaching with primary sources at their schools, and it is thrilling to see how many of you have put these words into action.

Thank you for the support and hours of work that east central Illinois teachers have given to make TPS EIU the success it is. I look forward to an amazing “farewell tour” and reconnecting with many of you.

Wow! What a ride!

Sincerely , Cindy



TPS EIU Events

Coming soon - Click on the links to learn more. 


edcamp EIU 2017
June 20th (Tuesday)


Civics Education
July 19th and 20th 


Summer Institutes 

Points of Interest from the Library of Congress

How Can the Library of Congress Improve Their Site for K-12 Educators? As they consider adjusting the site to better support the Library's K-12 educator audience, they are asking for your help.

Applications Being Accepted for WWI-themed Summer Teacher Institute for Educators!  From July 31-August 4, the Library of Congress will host a special 5-day WWI-themed Summer Teacher Institute. The session is open to any K-12 educator interested in teaching with primary sources.


Site Content

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


TPS EIU Professional Development information! Check out our PD page to learn about the options we offer. 


What can TPS EIU do to support efforts to teach with primary sources in your school during the coming year? Refresher workshops for those of you we haven't seen in a while? Introductory sessions for new faculty? Help facilitating collaborative meetings to plan instructional activities? Talk to us about things successful past events or your ideas for new workshops or meetings! Email Cindy at 



One day, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Footnotes to
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Join the TPS Teachers Network

Check out the Network Intro Video and register to join a community of educators discussing strategies, sharing resources, connecting with colleagues, and more. Be sure to join the TPS EIU Group and any others that interest you. In addition to TPS EIU, I also help lead the Supporting Literacy with Primary Sources and Bookmarks! groups. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me for information or help. I hope to see you on the network! ~ Cindy

Teach with LC Blog

Have you read the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog? No matter which content area you are looking for - you will find information that can help reach learners in your classroom. 


Resource Spotlight

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Filling the Gaps with Primary Sources: Recognizing Gaps between Trade Books and Content and Filling Them with Primary Sources

Trade books are popular curricular resources for teachers. They personalize history and capture learners’ attention. These pages detail examples of historical gaps found within trade books that can be easily filled with primary sources, like those found at The Library of CongressYou will find examples of illustrative informational texts to fill the gaps. We are still working on this project, so please check back often and share your thoughts or ideas.


Podcast - Cindy joins Dr. Tom Grissom, Director of the EIU College of Education and Professional Studies Instructional Technology Center Director for the TechTalk4Teachers podcast. Podcasts cover a variety of education technology topics inspired by our unique perspectives and areas of 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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