K-12 Professional Development Opportunity: Teaching with WWI-Related Primary Sources

The following is a guest post by Michael Apfeldorf of the Library of Congress.

This spring, the Library of Congress will host two free, one-day workshops for K-12 educators interested in incorporating WWI-related primary sources into their classroom instruction.

Women immersing bouchon assemblies for hand grenades in Vatudrip to prevent rust, Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, during World War I



In each session, Library of Congress education specialists will model a variety of strategies for using primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Through a series of inquiry-based classroom activities, participants will work with historic photographs, prints, manuscripts, maps, multimedia, and other resources from the Library’s collections. All of these items are digitized and freely available online for teachers to use with their students after the session.

Certificates are available for teachers completing the workshop.

Additional Information:

Audience:  K-12 educators of all disciplines interested in incorporating primary sources into their classroom instruction.

When:  Two separate one-day sessions will be offered.

·         Tuesday, March 27, 2018, and

·         Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Each session will run from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; building opens at 8:30 am.

Where:  Library of Congress; Washington, D.C.
How to register:  Register online here! Apply now, as space is limited.

Questions? Please contact [email protected]


  1. Amber Egan
    February 27, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Is it possible to make some workshops available via the internet and on Saturdays? Some states require that teacher complete a set number of continuing education credits to renew their license; does LOC provide these to participants?

  2. Dawn
    February 27, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I wish this was an online course. Oregon is too far away…

  3. Danna Bell
    February 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    We have had some in the past and will have one on World History Resources this coming March 10th. You may also want to contact some of our TPS partners in Illinois to see what they are offering. You can see our list of partners at //www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/about/index.html

  4. Kathy Blessing
    March 28, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Re: //blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2018/02/k-12-professional-development-opportunity-teaching-with-wwi-related-primary-sources/

    The 3rd comment (last one) mentions an online World History Resources session (scheduled for 3/10). Was the session archived? If so, may I view it please? Are there other archived sessions available?

    Is there a mailing list to let educators know about upcoming online sessions?

    Many thanks.

    Kathy Blessing
    Librarian/ Professor
    Community College of Rhode Island

  5. Danna Bell
    March 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Good afternoon, The World History workshop was cancelled due to lack of attendees. I can check with the facilitator to see if there were any handouts or resources he would be willing to share. You can review our social media outlets, visit our Teacher Resources from the Library of Congress playlist on YouTube , subscribe to our News for Teachers RSS feed or follow our twitter feed at TeachingLC to keep up on upcoming online sessions and other programming.

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