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Teaching Women's Suffrage with Primary Sources

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for a 3 day, hands-on workshop for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. A variety of primary source analysis strategies will be applied to an array of formats, including prints and photographs, manuscripts, newspaper articles, and music that played a key role in the movement. While practicing these teaching strategies, attendees will explore some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available in the Library's collections. Finally, they will conduct research to identify primary sources to be used in an activity related to their classroom content.

Recommended for K-12 educators who teach some aspect of women's suffrage as part of their curriculum or collaborate with those who do, the workshop will focus on pedagogy, emphasizing approaches to support student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.

Additional information:

  • When: July 24-26, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm
  • Where: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • Costs: The workshop is free of charge to educators. However, it should be noted that the Library does not cover related travel or expenses. Pending funding, lunch and breakfast may be provided.
  • Application: Participants must apply to be accepted into the program. In addition to basic information, the application requires short responses to two questions as well as a letter of support from a school administrator or supervisor.
    • Questions: The two questions, each to be addressed in 600 characters or fewer, are: "How will participation in the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute benefit your teaching practice?" and "How do you plan to share what you learn at the Library of Congress program with other educators?"
    • Letter of Support: Letters of support should describe the candidate's overall qualifications for this program, educational leadership, use of technology for teaching and learning, or any additional qualifications for participation.
    • Deadline: The application deadline is: May 3, 2019.

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2016 Online Conference

Recordings available from the second annual online conference for educators. Presenters from 15 different sessions discussed resources and teaching strategies for using primary sources. More information here.

2015 Online Conference

Education experts and subject matter specialists presented 15 different sessions discussing resources and teaching strategies for using primary sources in the classroom. More information here.