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Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago is the nation's largest Jesuit university with more than 15,000 students at three Chicago campuses and one campus in Rome, Italy. Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago follows the tradition of the Jesuits as established by St. Ignatius Loyola, a founder of the Society of Jesus. Loyola University Chicago offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 minors, 85 master degrees, 31 doctoral degrees, and 26 graduate-level certificate programs.

Teachers, Frances Scott (left) and Loretta Balsam (right), are caught discussing their complete a map lesson created by a colleague for final project presentations of their lessons and units in the Teaching with Primary Sources graduate course, Summer 2009.

Teachers, Frances Scott (left) and Loretta Balsam (right), are caught discussing their complete a map lesson created by a colleague for final project presentations of their lessons and units in the Teaching with Primary Sources graduate course, Summer 2009.

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Loyola University Chicago began in 2003 in the School of Education as part of the pilot program, An Adventure of the American Mind (AAM). As an AAM partner, Loyola University Chicago reached hundreds of educators in Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area by offering graduate courses, presenting at conferences, and facilitating in-school workshops. The TPS program at Loyola University Chicago continues to create and disseminate rigorous professional development for local K-12 educators and higher education faculty through workshops, conferences and a graduate-level course. Educators are provided instruction on ways to: 1) access and use the Library of Congress's rich reservoir of digitized primary sources; and, 2) design student-centered primary source-based learning experiences that use effective instructional practices.

Partnerships with various professional organizations have extended the reach of the TPS program at Loyola University Chicago to regional and national levels. For example, TPS-Loyola University Chicago has partnered with the Sierra Club Midwest Chapter to create and disseminate instructional materials based on the Library of Congress’s digitized environmental conservation collections. Additionally, TPS-Loyola University Chicago recently partnered with the regional Japanese American Citizenship League (JACL) to develop presentations and instructional materials for local, regional and national educators about Japanese-American internment and citizenship using related Library of Congress digitized collections. The TPS program at Loyola University Chicago has also partnered locally with two Teaching American History (TAH) collaborative grants for further program dissemination. To explore the TPS program at Loyola University Chicago's classroom resources using primary sources from the Library of Congress, please visit http://www.luc.edu/tps/classroom.shtml.

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