Free Online Conference for Teachers: October 27-28

Bring your questions! Bring your experiences! Bring your friends! The Library of Congress is hosting its first online conference for teachers, and you’re invited.

[Kids order sno-balls, the New Orleans Louisiana version of what others call sno-cone], Carol Highsmith, 1980

Renowned photographer Carol Highsmith will offer the keynote presentation, Preserving Our Communities with Photographs. She’ll discuss her work documenting the United States and her motivation for dedicating the rights to the American people for copyright-free access.

The conference will run from 4-8pm ET on October 27-28. Over the course of two days, there will be 15 one-hour sessions facilitated by Library specialists, instructional experts from the Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium, and other recognized K-12 leaders.

  • Two strands, “Awareness” and “Instructional Strategies;”
  • Wide range of topics from literacy and historical thinking to historic newspapers and the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • Focus on finding and using primary sources;
  • Earn certificates for participating in sessions.

Each session will be recorded and certificates will also be available for a limited time to those who view the recordings.

The events are free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, go to: //


  1. lawrence malu
    October 1, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    rsvp for me as a teacher

  2. lawrence malu
    October 1, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    good to all teachers all over the global world

  3. Cheryl Lederle
    October 1, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Mr. Malu, we’re glad to hear of your interest, but in order to participate we do need you to register, using the link provided in this blog post.

  4. Peg Hill
    October 6, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    If I’m not available to watch at the live time of the conference, will I be able to view it later?

  5. Cheryl Lederle
    October 6, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Yes, the sessions will be recorded and available at your convenience.

  6. Katherine Pfeiffer
    October 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Please register me as a teacher

  7. Pamela Guardia
    October 19, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Awesome! I will share the link to my library people in Lima, Peru.

  8. Cheryl Lederle
    October 20, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Katherine, we cannot register you. Please go here // and click the title of the session/s you want to attend and complete the simple registration process. We’re so glad you’re interested!

  9. Deb Waymire
    October 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Due to time zone issues, folks at my school cannot participate in the live conference. Two questions:
    1. Do you have to be registered to view the recordings and how does access to those recording work?
    2. If we have to register ahead of time, are we limited or can we view all of the 15 sessions for credit?

  10. Cheryl Lederle
    October 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Deb,
    Thanks for asking these clarifying questions.
    1. Yes, to view the recordings, you will have to register. This is so that we can offer a certificate of completion for all attendees and viewers. Our goal is post the recordings (with directions on to access recordings) within one week after the events.
    2. Great question. You can earn a certificate from attending or viewing. One certificate per participant is available for ALL 15 sessions. As long as you register for each session, you can earn 15 certificates.

  11. cheryl fischer
    October 20, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Are continuing ed hours ACT 48 given?

  12. Cheryl Lederle
    October 21, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Cheryl, We issue a certificate to each registered participant for each session completed. You’d need to check with your district to see if they’ll accept it. ~Cheryl

  13. Ajita Deshmukh
    October 27, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Any fees for certificates?

  14. Cheryl Lederle
    October 27, 2015 at 6:42 am

    No, Ajita — no fees.

  15. Maggie
    November 4, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I missed two I signed up for due to a family emergency/hospitalization. How do I access the links to see them after the fact?

  16. Cheryl Lederle
    November 9, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Maggie, we’ll post them on the webinar page at in the near future. Thanks for your interest, and I hope the family emergency has been favorably resolved!

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