Professional Development 


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A program for east central Illinois teachers through the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources initiative and EIU CEPS!

TPS EIU is designed to support current K-12 teachers as they develop a culture of teaching with primary sources within their school.  The goal is an educational community in which primary sources are an embedded part of curriculum and not a “special project” or one time occurrence. 

We know that when educators regularly use and gain comfort incorporating primary sources into their teaching, they model these practices and share the benefits with peers. As teachers embrace primary sources as a classroom tool they also look to the Library of Congress website for additional resources and encourage colleagues to do the same.  Consequently, students benefit from an ever expanding range of resources available to educators to meet diverse student needs.  

glassWe are unique! Each 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. 

TPS EIU Professional Development is offered at three levels to meet the diverse needs of East Central Illinois teachers. They are:

Level 1 - Introduction to Library of Congress teacher resources and primary source-based instructional strategies. 

Level 2 - Creating, teaching, and evaluating topic-specific, content-informed lessons using primary sources

Level 3 - Train and collaborate with TPS EIU to become a coach, advocate, instructional leader, and program colleague at the local (grade level, school, district, etc.) level. 

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


 

Professional Development Format Options

We come to you 

Workshops are held at your location using the technology and tools that participants have access to every day. 

The Topic 

All TPS EIU events are customized to meet the needs expressed by participants.  We know that teachers don't have time to spare on irrelevant information.  Prior to meeting, we will discuss the teaching and learning interests of participants.  We also know that classroom activities in the elementary grades are different than high school, so we don't take a one size fits all approach.  However, many concepts and skills are developed throughout a students' academic life and we will discuss those.

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Custom Content 

Each 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). 

Past Topic Examples (more coming soon):

 

Scheduling

During the day, after school, in the evening? Let us know when teachers can meet and we will be there! 

Presentation

(1 hr or more)  Participants learn the basics about the Library of Congress website, resources available there and an introduction to teaching with primary sources. (This meets some goals of TPS Level 1 training.)

Single Session Workshop

(2 to 3 hrs)  Beyond the Library of Congress and primary sources introduction, we employ professional discussion and hands-on activities to look at relevant classroom application and the value of primary sources used across disciplines to address content literacy, informational texts, vocabulary, etc. (This meets all goals of TPS Level 1 training.)

TPS EIU in Action 

(10 to 12 hrs) With a schedule spanning 8-12 weeks during the school year, a team of 5 to 7 educators with a common interest (grade level, discipline, building, etc.) will participate in sessions, create and implement classroom activities incorporating Library of Congress digitized primary sources, implement that activity and reflect upon the teaching and learning that occurred.  Click here for details. Stipends and technology incentives may be available for this TPS EIU in Action institutes. Contact Cindy to discuss options!

TPS EIU Jump-Start

(10 to 12 hrs) The same as the TPS EIU in Action Institute, but compacted 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!

Please note - The following events are considered TPS Level 2 training. Completion of Level 1 training is required prior to these events so we may transition from introductory to content specific and pedagogical material. A Single Session Workshop can be added to fulfill this requirement prior to any institute.  

TPS EIU Summer Mini-Institutes 

(10-12 hrs, ex. two days 9-3) Teachers identify a theme as we gather during summer break  to discuss curriculum, plan and participate in TPS EIU training.  Stipends and technology incentives may be available for summer mini-institutes. Contact Cindy to discuss options! Summer Mini Institutes are considered TPS Level 2 training. Completion of Level 1 training is required prior to these events so we may transition from introductory to content specific and pedagogical material. A Single Session Workshop can be added to fulfill this requirement

TPS EIU Summer Institutes

Extensive summer professional development events held at various sites and the EIU campus. Participants from diverse schools, disciplines and grade levels participate and collaborate. Summer Institutes are considered TPS Level 2 training. Completion of Level 1 training is required prior to these events so we may transition from introductory to content specific and pedagogical material. A Single Session Workshop can be added to fulfill this requirement


 

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 cwrich@eiu.edu or call 217-581-7857. We are happy to discuss possible topics and schedules or simply answer questions. 


Objectives (http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/about/professional.html)

 

Professional development activities under TPS progress along three program levels. Teachers have the option of taking workshops and courses, offered by TPS Consortium Members, under all or some of these levels, depending on their interests.

The Library's partners offer professional development free of charge, with the exception of for-credit undergraduate and graduate courses. Most award continuing education credit.

Level I

Level I–Participants gain strategies for using primary sources to help students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills and build content knowledge.

Participants:

  • Justify conclusions about whether a source is primary or secondary depending upon the time or topic under study.

  • Describe examples of the benefits of teaching with primary sources.

  • Analyze a primary source using Library of Congress tools

  • Access teaching tools and primary sources from loc.gov/teachers

  • Identify key considerations for selecting primary sources for instructional use (for example, student needs and interests, teaching goals, etc.)

  • Access primary sources and teaching resources from loc.gov for instructional use

  • Analyze primary sources in different formats

  • Analyze a set of related primary sources in order to identify multiple perspectives

  • Facilitate a primary source analysis using Library of Congress tools

  • Demonstrate how primary sources can support at least one teaching strategy (for example, literacy, inquiry-based learning, historical thinking, etc.)

  • Create a primary source-based activity that helps students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills and construct knowledge

Level II

Participants evaluate, create and teach topic-specific, content-informed lessons that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress and exemplify effective instructional practices.

Participants:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of effective instructional practices with emphases on inquiry-based and student-centered learning using primary sources

  • Learn to identify exemplary learning experiences

  • Create standards-based, content-informed learning experiences integrating primary sources from the Library of Congress that exemplify effective instructional practice

  • Teach, assess and reflect on their experiences using primary sources in instruction

  • Evaluate primary source-based learning experiences

  • Investigate the effects of primary source-based instruction on student learning

Level III

Experienced educators advocate the use of primary sources and help disseminate the ideas, methods and products of the TPS program.

Participants:

  • Mentor colleagues on the effective instructional uses of primary sources

  • Evaluate learning experiences for widespread dissemination and use

  • Interact and collaborate with other teachers who are using Library of Congress primary sources

  • Conduct research into the effective use of primary sources in education

  • Contribute to the use of effective practices for using primary sources in instruction by leading professional development activities

 

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Contact Information

Teaching with Primary Sources
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-7857

Director: Cindy Rich, Ph.D.  


 

Schedule

TPS EIU Calendar

 

Publications



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