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Online Educational Events: The Omar Ibn Said Collection at the Library of Congress on June 30th and Turning Inquiry To Action: Engaging Young Learners with Kid Citizen July 1st

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Join us for our Library of Congress summer of Professional Development opportunities. Each Tuesday and Wednesday we will present information and ideas that will help you plan your instructional activities or support students at home.

The life of Omar ben Saeed, called Morro, a Fullah Slave in Fayetteville, N.C.

Free Online Office Hours – The Omar Ibn Said Collection at the Library of Congress – June 30, 2-3 ET

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In this session, we’ll explore the Omar Ibn Said collection, which, among 42 items, includes the rare autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, a Muslim scholar who was captured in West Africa, sold into slavery in South Carolina, and ultimately, wrote his autobiography in Arabic in 1831, while enslaved. Laverne Page, an African Studies specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, will discuss the significance of the collection and will offer some insight and context about West Africa during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. We will also suggest search strategies, ideas for how the collection might be used, and resources for further research.

Free Webinar – Turning Inquiry into Action: How to Engage Young Learners with KidCitizen – July 1, 2-3 ET

Image of Card written by Child to Rosa Parks, 1994

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This presentation highlights KidCitizen episodes that engage young children in analyzing resources from the Library of Congress and connecting what they learn to their daily lives. KidCitizen is a freely available digital interactive designed to foster young children’s inquiry with primary sources. The digital episodes facilitate a developmentally appropriate process of careful looking, historical thinking, and evidence-informed analysis that are at the center of disciplinary literacy. By slowing down the act of looking, children discover new information and construct viewpoints as primary sources are mined.  This session will be facilitated by Ilene R. Berson and Michael J. Berson, University of South Florida.

Educators participating in the live webinar for this session may request a certificate for one hour of professional development.

To register, and for ADA information, please visit the Library of Congress workshops and webinars page.

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