This summer, Educational Outreach staff and panels of colleagues, from in and outside of the Library, reviewed 81 proposals submitted in response to a nationwide search for organizations interested in joining the TPS Consortium with new and exciting ways to reach teachers across the county.
We'll have activities for all ages, all day, but even if you can't get to the Book Festival, you can experience some of the activities. Here are a couple of the ways that we connect books to primary sources:
The Teacher-in-Residence uses Library of Congress resources to create a project that will benefit their hometown or district in the following school year, and I'll be developing primary source portfolios for teachers in grades K-2. The Library of Congress will be my home for the next year. I am humbled, eager, and honored to serve in this position.
Sara Trettin, formerly Suiter, our 2010-2011 Teacher in Residence, was one of the first coordinators for the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. She wrote and edited some of the first posts and provided a solid framework as we added more writers and continued to shape the blog and its message.
Rebecca Newland, 2013-15 Teacher in Residence, is supporting the needs of faculty and students in a school library. She also continues to contribute to the Library of Congress Poetry Center's blog, From the Catbird Seat.
In anticipation of Constitution Day, our "Sources and Strategies" article in the September 2016 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, suggested provoking student interest in civic responsibility with an 18th century diary entry. The featured entry was that of James McHenry, written on September 18, 1787.