What do a historical society in Massachusetts, a school district in Alaska, a university in Kentucky, and a statewide collaboration among non-profit organizations in Arizona have in common?
All of these organizations have successfully helped teachers in their local areas learn more about using primary sources from the Library of Congress with K-12 students, funded by grants of up to $20,000 from the Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Regional program. Grant recipients increase access to primary sources and teaching materials from the Library of Congress for teachers who are not served by members of the Library’s TPS Educational Consortium in a variety of ways, including:
- Delivering online or face-to-face TPS workshops
- Embedding TPS materials and content into broader professional development programs
- Revising undergraduate or graduate course syllabi or curricula to include a TPS focus
As a teacher, how can you gain access to free professional development opportunities funded by the TPS Regional program?
Check the list of participating organizations to identify any in your state, and then visit the website of your respective regional coordinator in the East, Midwest or West for more information on any TPS program offerings currently available in your local area.
What if your state or local area does not have any organizations participating in the TPS Regional program at this time?
Consider spreading the word about available TPS Regional grant funding to school administrators in your district, county or state, or to other providers of teacher professional development in your local area, such as libraries, museums, and schools of education. Visit the FAQ section of the TPS Regional program’s website to learn more about the assistance and grants available from the TPS Regional program to promote the widespread, sustained and effective use of primary sources from the Library of Congress within the educational community.
If you have participated in professional development offered by a participating organization in the TPS Regional program or have questions about TPS opportunities in your local area, we would love to hear from you!