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About the Program

The Library of Congress collaborates with a consortium of educational partners. TPS Consortium members extend the reach and applicability of the TPS program by creating curriculum, delivering professional development to pre-and in-service teachers, and contributing to investigations of primary sources in K-12 instruction. Their projects reflect focus on a diversity of teacher and student populations, professional concentrations, program approaches and geographic locations.

In August 2016, after a nationwide competitive bidding process, the Library selected 23 organizations to receive grants to conduct TPS projects and sit on the TPS Consortium, between October 2016 and October 2019. Members of the current TPS Consortium and their projects are:

  • Barat Education Foundation – a civics curriculum in partnership with the Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Bean Creative – a customizable primary source-based app for teachers and students
  • California History-Social Science Project – professional development workshops on five California university campuses
  • Collaborative for Educational Services – workshops for teachers of English Language Learners, special education students and other diverse learners
  • EDC Center for Children and Technology – research to identify professional development practices that are effective in promoting teacher and student learning with the Library’s primary sources
  • Governors State University – age-appropriate materials related to global climate and the environment
  • iCivics – an app that helps students understand and discuss important civic topics through historical documents
  • Mars Hill University – professional development for teachers, particularly media specialists, in geographically isolated, rural and economically-challenged Appalachian schools
  • Maryland Humanities Center – online inquiry kits that support student research with primary sources, research tools, and interactive lessons
  • Middle Tennessee State University – statewide workshops on the theme “Expanding Citizenship: From Civil War to Civil Rights”
  • Minnesota Historical Society – workshops in Minnesota and Wisconsin in partnership with cultural and educational organizations operating in the two states
  • Mississippi State University – a curriculum aligned to state teaching standards in partnership with a local school district and several state educational agencies
  • National Association for Music Education – online curricular materials supporting new music education standards
  • National Council for History Education – colloquia for teachers on thematic topics illustrating the government’s role in shaping technological innovation
  • Northern Virginia Partnership – subject and grade level-specific courses and workshops for in-service and pre-service teachers
  • Rockford University – workshops within the school’s teacher education program targeted at student teachers from underserved populations
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – professional development for teachers, librarians, and media specialists and education students teaching early grades
  • Stanford University – assessments and lessons that connect content from their popular Thinking Like a Historian and Thinking Beyond the Bubble sites
  • State Historical Society of Iowa – a curriculum for K-12 teachers to support new Iowa Social Studies standards that will be released in 2017
  • University of Central Florida – train-the-trainer course to develop coaches who will conduct TPS workshops for teacher colleagues across Florida
  • University of Michigan – Common Core State Standards and C3 Framework-aligned curriculum resources that provide structure and guidance for teaching writing
  • University of South Carolina – workshops on teaching with primary sources for students in the school’s teacher education program
  • The University of the Arts – curricula, teaching materials and graduate courses tied to specific arts disciplines

These organizations will join Consortium members George Mason University, Muzzy Lane Software, and Indiana University, who received grants last year to create mobile apps and online interactives using primary sources from the Library. Waynesburg University, Illinois State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver, coordinators of the Eastern, Midwestern and Western TPS regions are also ongoing members of the Consortium.

In addition to grants to Consortium members, the Library grants up to $20,000 to organizations wishing to incorporate TPS methods and materials into existing programs for teachers. Grantees have used these funds to undertake projects such as including a TPS focus in curriculum, creating TPS-based teaching materials, or conducting a TPS workshop or course, etc. For example, a Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) in New York State used a regional grant to offer TPS workshops as part of their professional development program for school media specialists and librarians. Some schools of education have used regional grants to pay faculty to update their teaching methods courses to include use of digitized collections from the Library of Congress and effective pedagogy for teaching with primary sources. Museums have combined Library of Congress digitized primary sources with those held in their collections to offer teachers greater context, depth and access as they create lesson plans.