Summer Begins, and So Does This Blog’s Fourth Year


Three Years Ago, 1874

The beginning of summer can be a time of reflection for many teachers–a time to look back and take stock of the highlights and challenges of the past year. (Of course, for many teachers, summer vacation is still a few weeks away. Hang in there!)

Here at the Library, we on the K-12 education team are reflecting on the fact that this blog has reached its three-year anniversary. At the same time, we’re looking forward to a busy summer. We’re preparing for our summer teacher institutes, as well as developing new teacher resources that will debut this fall.

For now, the blog is beginning its summer schedule and will appear once per week until mid-August. We’ll be looking back at the best posts of the past year as well as featuring the voices of the educators and staff members who contribute so much to the Library’s K-12 efforts.

We’d love to hear your reflections as well. Let us know what’s worked for you, and what you’d like to hear more–or less–about in the coming year. But before you do, we hope you’ll take a moment to put your feet up and congratulate yourselves on a year of great teaching.


Teach Science or Civil Rights? Look what the Library of Congress has for you!

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for all of its summer programs, including a week-long session for K-12 educators on science and one on civil rights. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, these professional development programs provide educators with tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching, emphasizing student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.

Songs of America: A New Online Collection from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has just launched a new collection, The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America, which explores American history through the lens of song. Teachers looking to bring a variety of “texts” that appeal to different student learning styles have a brand new trove from which to draw.

Kate DiCamillo: Stories Connect Us

This post is by Rebecca Newland, the Library of Congress 2013-14 Teacher in Residence. On Friday, January 10, 2013 the Library of Congress inaugurated Kate DiCamillo as the 2014-15 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  The role of the Ambassador is to raise “national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates […] Coming to NCSS with Information That Will Amaze Your Students

Tammie Nelson of the Library of Congress is the IT manager of, the source for U.S. legislative information. As part of my job, I read all of the comments that come to the Library about our online legislative information.  My favorite comment is this one, submitted on February 25, 2011: “I am in 8th […]