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TPS Programs

Professional development activities under Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) progress along three program levels. Educators have the option of taking workshops and courses offered by TPS Consortium members under all or some of these levels, depending on their interests.

Our programs are open to educators of all grade levels and subject areas, including pre- and in-service teachers, librarians and media specialists, and administrators. For more information on our programs, submit our online request form, or contact David Bates, project director, at dbates2@depaul.edu.

Level I - Using Primary Sources to Promote Inquiry and Critical Thinking

Participants gain strategies for using primary sources to help students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills and build content knowledge in alignment with state and Common Core curriculum standards.


Participants learn:

  • What are primary sources;

  • Why teach with primary sources; and

  • How to teach with primary sources.

Level I programs consist of 12 hours of professional development (three 4-hour sessions) and are held at DePaul’s Lincoln Park and Naperville campuses. On-site programs are also available.

Level II - Content Analysis and Lesson Planning

The Level II program is open to all educators who have completed the Level I program. Participants evaluate, create and teach topic-specific, content-informed lessons that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress and exemplify effective instructional practices.  


Participants:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of effective instructional practices with emphases on inquiry-based and student-centered learning using primary sources

  • Learn to identify exemplary learning experiences

  • Create standards-based, content-informed learning experiences integrating primary sources from the Library of Congress that exemplify effective instructional practice

  • Teach, assess and reflect on their experiences using primary sources in instruction

  • Evaluate primary source-based learning experiences

  • Investigate the effects of primary source-based instruction on student learning

Level II programs consist of 12 hours of professional development (three 4-hour sessions) and are held at DePaul’s Lincoln Park and Naperville campuses. On-site programs are also available.

 

Level II topics are suggested by teachers. Previous programs include:

  • The American Revolution and the Making of America

  • A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War

  • Double Victory: The New Deal and World War II through Library of Congress Primary Sources

  • American Pastimes: Sports and Leisure in U.S. History

To complete the Level II program, teachers produce an original lesson plan based on Library of Congress primary sources. The lesson is observed in-class by TPS-DePaul staff, and the lesson plan is posted on our website and submitted to the Library of Congress.

Level III - Train-the-Trainer

The Level III program is open to educators who have completed the Level I and Level II programs. Experienced educators advocate the use of primary sources and help disseminate the ideas, methods and products of the TPS program.

Participants:

  • Mentor colleagues on the effective instructional uses of primary sources

  • Evaluate learning experiences for widespread dissemination and use

  • Interact and collaborate with other teachers who are using Library of Congress primary sources

  • Conduct research into the effective use of primary sources in education

  • Contribute to the use of effective practices for using primary sources in instruction by leading professional development activities

Level III programs consist of 12 hours of professional development (three 4-hour sessions) and are held at DePaul’s Lincoln Park and Naperville campuses. On-site programs are also available.

Single-Session Workshops and Presentations

TPS-DePaul’s institute days and presentations are single-session programs designed around a particular topic or theme. Participants develop content knowledge, build research skills, explore resources at the Library of Congress, and work directly with primary sources. Participants need not have attended a Level I, II, or III program to attend. Programs can be hosted by DePaul TPS or in conjunction with other institutions, and are implemented in both online and face-to-face environments.

Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.