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Apply Now! Summer 2022 Professional Development at the Library of Congress

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Apply now to join us onsite at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. for a 2 ½ day free professional development workshop, where you’ll learn and practice strategies for using primary sources with K-12 students. Three sessions will be offered this summer:

  • July 6-8
  • July 20-22
  • July 25-7

Apply for a workshop

Note: These onsite events are subject to change or cancellation as circumstances require.

Teachers collaborate to analyze a primary source from the Library’s collections

In each session, Library of Congress education specialists will model a variety of hands-on, inquiry-based teaching strategies for using primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, construct knowledge, and launch original research. Activities will feature some of the millions of historical artifacts from the Library’s collections – photographs, prints, manuscripts, maps, multimedia, and more – that are digitized and freely available online.

Throughout the workshop, participants will both participate in activities and reflect on how the strategies apply to their students, subject areas, and classrooms or school libraries. Participants will draw on the Library’s collections to draft a primary source activity that they can implement with their students during the school year.

Tuition and materials for the workshops are offered at no cost to participants. However, please note that participants are responsible for all other costs, such as transportation, meals, and lodging. Participants will receive a certificate for 20 hours upon successful completion of the workshop.

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Comments (6)

  1. This is an incredible opportunity!
    The idea of collaboration with educators from diverse backgrounds, various experience(s), and unique perspectives – at The Library of Congress – will be the game-changer.
    This is what our kids need.
    Teachers should be open and excited about pedagogical experiences; to re-visit the drawing table means to struggle, to relate to our students.
    This will increase our motivation, re-ignite our drive, and perhaps work to center us back to WHY we chose this profession.
    As educators, together we will believe in the system : because we are the system.
    Let us be reminded of our strengths and of the fact that we are not alone
    Perhaps, we will return to the 2022-2023 school year knowing that we had the chance to be heard.
    Let the domino effect be the sound of children’s voices. As they begin another school year, they will exceed all expectations.
    Teachers learn. Learners teach.

  2. This sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to attend!

  3. Is this opportunity still available? The link doesn’t work.

  4. Are graduates of the LoC Teacher Institute program LOC Teacher Institute Fellows or LOC Teacher Institute Alumni?

    • They don’t receive any sort of title. They can get a certificate that indicate that they have done a certain number of professional development hours that they can use for recertification.

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