The University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida (UCF) is one of the most dynamic universities in the country. Offering 225 degree programs, it has become an academic and research leader in numerous fields, including education and digital media. UCF’s 1,415-acre main campus provides modern facilities, most of which have wireless abilities, with 600 acres set aside for lakes, woods and an arboretum. UCF now has twelve colleges, including the recently established College of Graduate Studies. More than 53,000 students attend classes on UCF's main campus and its 10 regional campuses located throughout Central Florida. UCF has granted more than 186,000 degrees in its 40 years of offering classes. The University promotes a diverse and inclusive environment with students representing all 50 states and 141 countries. Study abroad programs allow UCF students to study and conduct research in 42 programs in 21 countries. What is most important about UCF, however, is its pioneering spirit, its commitment to making life better in the classroom and the community, and its student-centered approach to all aspects of university life.
The Teaching with Primary Sources program at the University of Central Florida (TPS-UCF) focuses on the training of Florida school library media specialists as district and regional resources or trainers for their own schools and counties. TPS-UCF aims to have each participating media specialist conduct workshops for 30 teachers who will learn how to use primary sources available to them through the Library of Congress for effective classroom instruction. The TPS-UCF program goal is to invigorate the entire teaching and learning process by helping teachers connect K-12 students to history through teaching with photographs, sound recordings, newspapers, letters, and other digitized primary sources available from the Library of Congress.
In addition to the regular train-the-trainers workshops offered each semester, the TPS program at UCF is developing bi-monthly professional development opportunities for pre-service teachers on the educational resources available from the Library of Congress Web site with a focus on the Teachers Page. Each 90-minute workshop will provide participants with strategies for teaching with primary sources and developing classroom activities using Library of Congress digital collections with students. For upcoming professional development opportunities, please visit the TPS-UCF Web site.