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Teacher Workshop: The Power of Using Primary Sources in the K-2 Classroom

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This post is by Teresa St. Angelo, the 2016-2017 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence.

Want to discover how to enhance and enrich the educational experiences of young students using primary sources? Join us for a workshop Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 9:00am – 1:00pm at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.


Identifying Evidence in Historic Photographs


Discussing Primary Sources with an Adult

The current Library of Congress Teacher in Residence, Teresa St. Angelo, along with other Library of Congress education staff, will model a variety of strategies for using primary sources in early elementary grades to engage, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. This hands-on collaborative session will feature maps, prints and photographs, historic audio and film recordings, and other resources from the Library’s collections, all of which will be available to teachers after the session.

Participants will also learn about unique children’s books from the past and ways in which the Library is making them more accessible. In addition, a specialist from the Library’s Young Readers Center will explain resources and non-fiction books that support the K-2 learner.

To apply, please email the following information to [email protected]:

  • Full name;
  • Position;
  • Email address;
  • School District name;
  • Grade;
  • Subject area.

If you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected], also.

Applications are due by April 28, 2017.

Comments (6)

  1. Hi,
    I am unable to attend, but this sounds great. Would you ever consider running this as an online workshop?
    Thank you,

    • Hi Sharon, Thanks for the note! Right now, we don’t have plans for that, but we’ll keep the idea in mind.

  2. Hi I am excited about this workshop. I have attended many workshops in the past and would love to participate in this meaningful workshop to improve hands-on-projects that my elementary students can be successful with and learn new information. I also want to know how to incorporate STEAM initiatives with this workshop. I am a member of the NGSS team.
    thank you for considering my application

    netosh jones

    • We’re so glad that you’re interested! Do, please, email the requested information to apply.

  3. Do you have anything for Secondary Education? I would be interested in attending a workshop for secondary education. Please advise.

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