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Library of Congress education specialists often present teacher professional development via online webinars and face-to-face workshops. Watch this space for updates on upcoming programs.

Multi-day Primary Sources Workshop for Library Media Specialists

This multi-day workshop is intended especially for K-12 Library / Media Specialists. In this 2 ½ day, hands-on session, Library of Congress education specialists will model strategies for using primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge, with an emphasis on supporting inquiry and research. Participants will reflect on and discuss how these strategies apply to their school libraries, considering various subject areas. While the emphasis is on learning and applying teaching strategies, participants also have opportunities to meet experts from the Library and research in the Library's reading rooms. To facilitate their work, participants should bring a laptop or tablet that can connect to the Internet.

Additional information:

  • When: June 19-June 21, 2019. Sessions will run from 9 am – 5 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 9 am – noon on Friday. 
  • 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. Please note that you cannot save your application and return to it later. Be prepared to answer the questions and submit the letter when you are ready to apply.
    • Questions: The two questions, each to be addressed in 600 characters or fewer, are: "How will participation in the Library of Congress Primary Sources Workshop 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: February 22, 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.