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Professional Development

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.

Under the TPS Regional Program, interested organizations can incorporate parts of the TPS curriculum that meet their professional development goals for teachers with support from Regional Coordinators and online resources for professional development.

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

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.

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