The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at EIU has ended. We have worked alongside east central Illinois teachers since January 2004 and are proud of what we accomplished. Together we raised awareness of and promoted use of Library of Congress resources in the classroom and the positive impact that teaching with primary sources can have on student learning.
Our program was successful because of amazing educators who participated in professional development events and contributed ideas and resources. You shared your time and knowledge and we are forever grateful.
A copy of our final project Teaching with Primary Sources in Illinois: A Showcase of Library of Congress Resources Shared by Educators has been printed and a copy sent to each school in Illinois with students in 5th grade and higher. Our intention is to inspire teachers to look to the Library of Congress website to resources to support content literacy development and critical thinking. Digital copies are available here.
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Although TPS EIU is not longer active, our website and resources will remain online. We encourage you to visit the Library of Congress' Teacher Page or the list of TPS Consortium Members for current grant projects.
Current TPS grant programs in Illinois are:
- Barat Education Foundation Citizen U: a multidisciplinary, inquiry-based civics curriculum using primary sources for elementary, middle, and high school students to foster civic knowledge, skills, and disposition
- Governors State University K-12 science curriculum incorporating digitized primary sources to help teachers meet Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
- Rockford University TPS Workshops within the school’s teacher education program targeted at student teachers from underserved populations.
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 www.loc.gov.
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 www.loc.gov/teachers.
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 www.loc.gov/teachers/tps 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.
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