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Special Opportunity for Teachers

Webinars 2015-16

The Library of Congress is pleased to announce a series of free webinars for K-12 educators in the spring of 2016. These one-hour online sessions will focus on using the Library's digitized collections to meet content and skills standards across the curriculum.

Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

Schedule and registration information appears below.

Date Title Description
April 14 at 4:00 pm ET
Considerations for Selecting Primary Sources Discuss criteria for selecting and using primary sources in instruction, including thinking about audience, historical context, and point of view. The webinar will highlight strategies for representing multiple perspectives and addressing difficult topics.
March 17 at 4:00 pm ET
Teaching with Primary Sources in the Science Classroom Participants will experience how an inquiry-driven analysis of a primary source can engage students, establish meaningful contexts for learning and doing science, and build literacy skills. Participants will be invited to make connections to their own teaching and will learn how to access primary sources and analysis tools from the Library of Congress.
February 18 at 4:00 pm ET
Visible Thinking Routines and Primary Sources Education experts will model how to use visible thinking strategies to enhance the power of primary sources in your classroom. A wide variety of easy-to-use routines will be introduced.
January 21 at 4:00 pm ET
Primary Sources & Novice Researchers: Entry Points and Interplay Explore how primary sources can play a key role in learning research skills. This webinar will illustrate areas in an inquiry research process where primary sources can play a key role as well as how primary sources interplay with each other and with secondary sources to impact student learning.
December 10 at 4:00 pm ET Searching The holdings of the Library of Congress are massive and so it its Web site. During this webinar, Library education experts will break it down for you to make it easier to navigate. As a result, you will understand the breadth and depth of the Library's collections.

Topics covered include:
  • Shortcuts to finding primary sources
  • Tips for planning a search
  • Resources to learn more
October 27-28 from 4:00 – 8:00 ET SPECIAL EVENT – First Online Conference "The Library of Congress & Teachers: Unlocking the Power of Primary Sources" is the theme of our first ever online conference. Over the course of two days, there will be 14 sessions from which to choose. Our goals are to build awareness of the resources of the institution and to highlight instructional strategies for using primary sources from the Library of Congress. Registration information coming early October.
September 10 at 4:00 ET
Constitution Day Primary Sources Join us for an interactive hour-long program to:
  • Analyze primary sources related to Constitution Day;
  • Discuss instructional strategies for teaching with primary sources;
  • Learn more about the teacher resources created from the vast online collections of the Library of Congress for Constitution Day.