The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.
While practicing these teaching strategies, attendees will explore some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available in the Library’s collections. They will also conduct research to identify primary sources and develop an activity related to their classroom content.
Five week-long sessions will be offered this summer:
General Focus – open to K-12 educators across all content areas:
- June 18-June 22
- June 25-June 29
- July 30-August 3
WWI Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach some aspect of WWI as part of their curriculum, or collaborate with those who do:
Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology, or engineering, or collaborate with those who do:
Institute and instructional materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations.
Applications are due March 21 and require a letter of recommendation. Read more and apply now:
In the October 2017 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our & “Sources and Strategies” article features two manuscript documents from individuals with very different responses to the armistice that ended the major fighting of World War I.
At first glance, most students, and even many adults, might dismiss these shorthand notes as a page of scribbles, but they sketch out a plan for international peace.
This post is by Sahr Conway-Lanz of the Library of Congress. Describe what you do at the Library of Congress and the materials you work with. As one of the historians in the Manuscript Division, one of my primary responsibilities is collecting archival materials that document the foreign policy and military history of the twentieth […]
Though away from home, the members of the Colony celebrated Independence Day. The picture below shows the Colony’s pageant at the start of the 20th century.
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Identifying and reflecting on multiple perspectives can help students develop a more rounded, nuanced understanding of history.
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What would you include in a care package to a family member in the military? Would you include food? Treats? Extra clothing? Games? Would you consider sending books? During World War I, books became an important part of the support system for those fighting overseas.