Hangout for Teachers Tuesday October 21: The Veterans History Project

Learn more about the Veterans History Project (VHP) from the Library of Congress and the many ways it can be used in the classroom.  Teachers who have both contributed to and taught with the rich collections of the Veterans History Project, education staff from the Library, and the VHP staff will discuss these rich resources and will answer your questions, too. Join us on October 21, 4 PM ET, at https://plus.google.com/events/cv6rl35sr9s1v7osukrsmdpm0a0.

Veterans History Project Homepage

VHP collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Hear firsthand how this one-of-a-kind collection, with more than 65,000 resources, can be incorporated into the K-12 curriculum.

To pique your interest, check out the Blog Round-Up: Primary Source Highlights for Veterans Day. Here are a couple of highlights from the post:

Can’t join the live event? The full webinar schedule, including upcoming events and recordings of past events is available here: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/webinar/webinars-2014.html. We’ll add the recording from this event, too.

“What Do Scientists Do?” Seeking Answers in the Alexander Graham Bell Papers at the Library of Congress

What do scientists do? This simple prompt was central in one activity during the inaugural week-long Seminar for Science Educators held at the Library this summer. Twenty-five educators examined primary sources, and one secondary source, from the Library’s collections to generate possible answers.

Disability Awareness Month: Four Questions for Eric Eldritch of the Library of Congress

Last year we presented a blog post on Deaf Culture for Deaf Awareness Month. One of the co-authors was Eric Eldritch. In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, we asked Eric several questions about his work helping the Library of Congress promote an understanding of people with disabilities as citizens, contributors and employees in a diverse […]

Encouraging Student Interest in the Economic Context of the Constitution with Continental Currency

In the September 2014 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article focused on the economic challenges facing the young United States at the time of the Constitutional Convention. We suggested that continental currency might ignite student interest in the subject.

Educator Webinar: Tapping the Power of Teaching with Visual Images

On Tuesday, September 23, at 7 PM ET, education experts from the Library will offer a webinar that will engage participants in a model photograph analysis activity, facilitate a discussion about the power of teaching with visual images, and demonstrate how to find visual images from the Library of Congress.

Throughout the year, the Library will be hosting educator webinars every other Tuesday at 7:00 ET focusing on a variety of instructional strategies for using primary sources in instruction. The 2014 schedule and information about joining the webinar is now available from loc.gov/teachers.