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News for Teachers: Still Time to Apply for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Music Workshop

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:01:52 -0500

There are still a few slots available for the Teaching with Primary Sources Face to Face workshop, scheduled for November 4,  from 9 am – 4 pm, in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.

In this free workshop for K-12 educators of all disciplines, Library of Congress education specialists will model a variety of strategies for using music-related primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. 

Additional activities and presentations will also be led by staff from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), as well as reference specialists from the Library’s Music Division. 

For more information and to apply, visit:  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/webinar/musicworkshop/?rssloc=eanft
Register TODAY!!! 

 




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

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:30:39 -0500

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Library of Congress will host a free, one-day workshop for K-12 educators interested in incorporating music-related primary sources into their classroom instruction.

 

In this hands-on, collaborative session, education specialists from the Library of Congress will model a variety of strategies for using music-related primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Through a series of inquiry-based classroom activities, educators will experience historic audio files, sheet music, song sheets, prints and photographs, and other resources from the Library’s collections. Most of these items are digitized and will be freely available online for teachers to use with their students.

Certificates are available for teachers completing the workshop.

Additional Information:

Audience: K-12 music educators and teachers of other disciplines interested in incorporating music-related primary sources into their classroom instruction.

When: Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 9 am – 4:00 pm. Where: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE, Washington, DC 20540 Directions here. The room will be open at 8:30 am. Attendees are encouraged to leave plenty of time for travel and to arrive early.

How to register: Register online here! Apply now, as space is limited.

 

Questions?  Please contact: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov

 




New Classroom Resources from the U.S. Census Bureau

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:05:07 -0500

(image) Teachers familiar with the instructional power of primary sources might also be interested in the opportunity to teach using authentic data and activities from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The recently updated Statistics in Schools program offers free activities and resources that can help you bring statistics into any K-12 classroom.

Statistics in Schools activities use real-life census data to help students understand statistical concepts and gain data analysis skills.

The geography, history, math and sociology activities were created by teachers and correspond with relevant education standards.

Visit census.gov/schools to explore the program and download activities you can start using in your classroom.

Sign Up and Learn More




News for Teachers:Watch: “Olinguito From A- Z !” Thursday, April 27, 10:30 AM EDT

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:38:21 -0500

The Library of Congress invites you and your students to join in a virtual program to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), an official literacy celebration of the American Library Association.

Author, illustrator Lulu Delacre, will lead this bilingual celebration by reading and presenting her award-winning book, “Olinguito From A- Z !” in both English and Spanish.

“Olinguito From A- Z !” will take place on Thursday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT, and will be streamed live at this URL: https://youtu.be/vvSRinFRAQ8

We hope you enjoy the program!




Join Us for The Power of Using Primary Sources in K-2 Classrooms 5/6/2017

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:12:09 -0500

In this one-day workshop for K-2 educators, Library of Congress education staff and our current Teacher in Residence, will model a variety of strategies for using primary sources to engage young learners, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. This hands-on, collaborative session will feature maps, prints and photographs, historic audio and film recordings, and other resources from the Library’s collections, all of which are digitized and readily available to teachers after the session. Participants will learn about unique children’s books from the past and ways the Library is making them more accessible. In addition, a specialist from the Young Readers Center will explain resources and non-fiction books that support the K-2 learner.

Attendees will receive a personalized certificate for professional development hours.

Audience:  K- 2 educators interested in incorporating primary sources into their classroom instruction.

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Where: Room 119 in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE, Washington, DC 20540. (For directions, go here:  https://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/)

Deadline to apply: April 28, 2017

Questions? Please contact: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov

Interested in attending?  Please fill out the registration form on the page following and email it to teachinglcsummer@loc.gov




Deadline to Apply to 2017 Summer Teacher Institutes is THIS Friday, 3/17/17

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:08:14 -0500

  The deadline is rapidly approaching to apply for one of the five week-long Summer Teacher Institutes being held at the Library of Congress between June and August this year.  Educators will have until March 17 at midnight Pacific Time to apply online. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., these unique professional development opportunities provide educators of all disciplines with a host of resources and strategies to successfully use primary sources with their students. Each session will focus on practical teaching strategies, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. While practicing these core strategies, attendees will also explore some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available in the Library’s collections. They will meet library experts and conduct research to identify primary sources related to their teaching, with the goal of developing an activity to use with their students in the coming school year.  See what some of our previous Institute’s participants have to say about their experience! Five week-long sessions will be offered this summer: General Focus – open to K-12 educators across all content areas: June 19-23 June 26-30 July 10-14 Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology, or engineering, or collaborate with those who do: July 17-21 World War I Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach some aspect of WWI as part of their curriculum, or collaborate with those who do: July 31-August 4 Institute and course materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations. Apply by March 17!  Note that a letter of recommendation will be required.  Learn more about the program and fill out the application here.   [...]



How Can We Improve Our Site for K-12 Educators?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:48:04 -0600

 

You’re familiar with the Library’s web site for K-12 educators, loc.gov/teachers. We’re proud of the classroom materials, professional development, and other resources we offer on the site. However, we know that there’s always room for improvement, and we know that those improvements start with your input.

As we consider adjusting our site to better support the Library’s K-12 educator audience, we’d like to ask for your help. In the comments, please share any insights based on your experience with using the site. We’d love to know what we’re doing right, what we could do more of or do better, and what we could retire.

  • What do you find invaluable about loc.gov/teachers?
  • What functionality or content could we add?
  • What could we safely remove?
  • How else could we improve our online teacher resources?

Please send comments to edoutreach@loc.gov. We look forward to hearing from you.




Applications Being Accepted for WWI-themed Summer Teacher Institute for Educators!

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:31:33 -0600

 

 

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At your computer, sit and observe this picture for 60 seconds. 

Now describe what you see.  What do you notice first? What do you think is happening? Who do you suppose took the picture and for what purpose? Is there anything you wonder about?

Asking and responding to such questions is the cornerstone of students’ learning to think critically and construct their own knowledge. It is also the cornerstone of the Library of Congress’ Summer Teacher Institutes, where educators from across the United States learn how to use primary sources with their students, building skills in observing, reflecting, questioning, determining point of view and more.

The image you’ve just inspected is captioned: “A small French boy sitting next to his plan for a trench sector, constructed in miniature form. A U.S. soldier is touching an American flag sticking out of miniature sandbags.” It is one of the thousands of primary sources resources in the Library’s collections related to WWI.    

From July 31-August 4, the Library of Congress will host a special 5-day WWI-themed Summer Teacher Institute. The session is open to any K-12 educator interested in teaching with primary sources.  Tuition and materials for this special event are provided at no cost to participants; participants are responsible for transportation and housing. Applications are due on March 17, 2017. For more information and to apply, go here.

The WWI-themed Summer Teacher Institute coincides with a major new exhibit scheduled to open at the Library of Congress this spring:  Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I. 2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.  As such, WWI Summer Teacher Institute attendees will receive a special tour of this exhibit, viewing hundreds of WWI artifacts, and talk with Library experts to bring them to life. 

The WWI Summer Teacher institute is one of five Summer Teacher Institutes being offered this summer, between June 19 and August 4.  Three of those institutes will be general for all educators, one will be on science, and the final one will focus on WWI.     If you are an educator interested in using primary sources with your students, we invite you to apply today!

 




News for Teachers: Applications for LC Summer Teacher Institute Now Available

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:55:58 -0600

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 19-23 June 26-30 July 10-14 Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology, or engineering, or collaborate with those who do:  July 17-21 WWI Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach some aspect of WWI as part of their curriculum, or collaborate with those who do: July 31-August 4 The institute and course 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 17 and require a letter of recommendation. Learn more and apply here:   [...]



Join Us for Books Go To War: Armed Services Editions in WWII, December 7th at 4pm EST

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:51:07 -0600

Join reference specialist Abby Yochelson, of the Library of Congress Humanities and Social Sciences Division, as she discusses “Books Go to War: Armed Services Editions in World War II” based on the Library’s America Reads exhibition.

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, it opposed nations that had banned and burned books. In 1943, the Council on Books in Wartime, working with the War Department, began distributing pocket-size volumes to every theater of war. Approximately 123 million copies of 1,300 titles in every genre were printed and distributed. The program rescued from obscurity such now-classic books as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn became a national favorite.

Today, the books are loved by collectors, and the Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division has the only complete set. Join us to learn more about this fascinating collection. Register here .

Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.




Updated Thanksgiving Primary Source Set Now Available

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:05:56 -0600

Today’s Thanksgiving holiday has roots in a number of celebrations that occurred centuries ago in different regions of North America. Over time, the United States has come to observe a holiday that has taken many forms and has been observed in many different ways. Students can broaden their perspectives on Thanksgiving – a holiday that is “peculiar to the nation” – with our recently-updated Thanksgiving Primary Source Set.

In addition to exploring a variety of holiday traditions, students can also explore Thanksgiving proclamations and read Sarah Hale’s letter to President Lincoln lobbying for the day to become an official national holiday.

As with all of the Library’s Primary Source Sets, a Teacher’s Guide is available with background information, teaching ideas and additional resources.

Please direct questions to the Resources for Teachers Ask a Librarian page. 




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

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:57:48 -0600

On December 10, 2016, the Library of Congress will host a free, one-day workshop for K-12 educators interested in incorporating music-related primary sources into their classroom instruction. In this hands-on, collaborative session, education and music specialists from the Library will model a variety of strategies for using music-related primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Through a series of inquiry-based classroom activities, educators will engage with historic audio files, sheet music, song sheets, prints and photographs, and other resources from the Library’s collections. Most of these items are digitized and will be freely available online for teachers to use with their students. In addition to these activities, a reference specialist from the Library’s Music Division will lead a special program on using the Library’s music resources with K-12 students. Certificates are available for teachers completing the workshop.   Additional Information: Audience: K-12 music educators and teachers of other disciplines interested in incorporating music-related primary sources into their classroom instruction. When: Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Where: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE, Washington, DC 20540 Directions here. The room will be open at 8:30 am. Attendees are encouraged to leave plenty of time for travel and to process through security. How to register: Register online here! Apply now, as space is limited. Questions?  Please contact: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov   [...]



News for Teachers: Join us for our Second Online Conference October 25th and 26th

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:25:00 -0500

  Library Hosts Online Conference for Educators As the new school year gets into full swing, the Library of Congress will bring teachers and education experts from across the nation together in its second annual online conference for educators. This free two-day event, “Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources,” will be held October 25-26, from 4-8 p.m. EDT and will be open to K-12 educators from across all teaching disciplines. Last year’s event brought together more than 1,500 participants for the sessions. Over the course of two days, there will be 15 one-hour sessions facilitated by Library specialists, instructional experts from the Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium and other recognized K-12 leaders. Session topics will range from assessments and literacy to historical newspapers and kindergarten historians, and all sessions will focus on the effective use of Library of Congress primary-source documents. According to Lee Ann Potter, director of educational outreach at the Library, "Primary sources can capture student attention, and by analyzing them, students can engage with complex content, build their critical-thinking skills and create new knowledge. The Library’s online conference for educators will allow teachers to learn how to access Library of Congress resources and to discover new strategies for integrating primary sources into their instruction.” Highlights of the conference: The keynote speaker will be the award-winning author Tonya Bolden, who will discuss her process of research for writing children’s books about historical figures. Library experts will include specialists from the Chronicling America historical newspaper archives, the historian of the Library of Congress, professionals from the educational outreach division, and more. Other presenters will include Joel Breakstone from Stanford University, Dan Rothstein of the Right Question Institute, and Kelly Schrum of the Center of History and New Media. After the live online conference, the Library will make recordings of all sessions available to the public on its website for teachers, loc.gov/teachers/. Teachers will be able to earn up to 15 hours of CEU/PDU by participating or viewing online conference sessions, and certificates will be available for completing each session. Register for the conference: www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/webinar/online-conference-2016.html?rssloc=eanft  Interested educators can follow the preparations for the conference on Twitter at @TeachingLC and by following #LCTeachConf. [...]



News for Teachers: Join us for our Second Online Conference October 25th and 26th

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:39:35 -0500

Library Hosts Online Conference for Educators As the new school year gets into full swing, the Library of Congress will bring teachers and education experts from across the nation together in its second annual online conference for educators. This free two-day event, “Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources,” will be held October 25-26, from 4-8 p.m. EDT and will be open to K-12 educators from across all teaching disciplines. Last year’s event brought together more than 1,500 participants for the sessions. Over the course of two days, there will be 15 one-hour sessions facilitated by Library specialists, instructional experts from the Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium and other recognized K-12 leaders. Session topics will range from assessments and literacy to historical newspapers and kindergarten historians, and all sessions will focus on the effective use of Library of Congress primary-source documents. According to Lee Ann Potter, director of educational outreach at the Library, "Primary sources can capture student attention, and by analyzing them, students can engage with complex content, build their critical-thinking skills and create new knowledge. The Library’s online conference for educators will allow teachers to learn how to access Library of Congress resources and to discover new strategies for integrating primary sources into their instruction.” Highlights of the conference: The keynote speaker will be the award-winning author Tonya Bolden, who will discuss her process of research for writing children’s books about historical figures. Library experts will include specialists from the Chronicling America historical newspaper archives, the historian of the Library of Congress, professionals from the educational outreach division, and more. Other presenters will include Joel Breakstone from Stanford University, Dan Rothstein of the Right Question Institute, and Kelly Schrum of the Center of History and New Media. After the live online conference, the Library will make recordings of all sessions available to the public on its website for teachers, loc.gov/teachers/. Teachers will be able to earn up to 15 hours of CEU/PDU by participating or viewing online conference sessions, and certificates will be available for completing each session. Register for the conference: www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/webinar/online-conference-2016.html?rssloc=eanft  Interested educators can follow the preparations for the conference on Twitter at @TeachingLC and by following #LCTeachConf. [...]



News for Teachers: Join Juan Felipe Herrera and Create the Technicolor World of Catalina Neon

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:14:01 -0500

For his second-year project, Juan Felipe Herrera—the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry—invites you and your students to collaborate with him to write a story entitled, “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon.”

If you are an elementary school librarian and love inspiring your students not only to read but also to write, we hope you—with your second and third graders—will participate in this exciting online project!

 The project launches with an introductory chapter and prompt written by Herrera and illustrated by artist Juana Medina. The prompt is posted on the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center’s www.read.gov website. We ask that you and your second or third grade students read the prompt, talk about it, imagine what could happen next, and collaboratively write the next chapter of Catalina’s adventure.

You will be able to electronically submit your class’s chapter to the Library of Congress.  From the chapters submitted, one will be selected, shared, and illustrated—and you and your class will again be invited to write the next chapter of the adventure. 

The narrative poem will contain six chapters, all guided by input from librarians and students. This process will continue five times until June 2017, when Herrera and Medina will post the final chapter.

The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon" is co-presented by the Library’s Educational Outreach Division and the Publishing Office. To view the project, visit www.read.gov/catalinaneon.




News for Teachers: Join us on August 1st for a STEM Challenge Teacher Workshop

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:59:22 -0500

We are excited to announce that on Monday, August 1, 2016, the Library of Congress will host a STEM Challenge Teacher Workshop from 8:30-12:30, in room 100 of the Library’s Adams Building. 

Presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media, this workshop is designed to help teachers spark interest in STEM learning among their students by tapping into their natural passion for playing and making video games. 

Use this link to register for this free workshop. 




News for Teachers: Your Students can help Create The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:51:16 -0500

Dear Fellow Educators,

Knowing that you are making plans for the coming school year now, we wanted to tell you about an exciting opportunity that you may want to include—a project that the Library of Congress will officially be announcing in a few weeks.

For his second-year project, Juan Felipe Herrera—the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry—wishes to write a story in collaboration with you and your students entitled, “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon.”

If you are an elementary school librarian and love inspiring your students not only to read but also to write, we hope you—with your second and third graders—will participate in this exciting online project!

In September 2016, Herrera and artist Juana Medina will post an illustrated prompt which will introduce the fictitious character, Catalina Neon. The prompt will be posted on the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center’s website. We ask that you and your second or third grade students read the prompt, talk about it, imagine what could happen next, and collaboratively write the next chapter of Catalina’s adventure.

You will be able to electronically submit your class’s chapter to the Library of Congress. From the chapters submitted, one will be selected, shared, and illustrated—and you and your class will again be invited to write the next chapter of the adventure. This process will continue five times until June 2017, when Herrera and Medina will post the final chapter.

About the project, Juan Felipe Herrera said, “I am so super-thrilled to be working with you in the Neon near future and your amazing Neoni students (yes, that's their new name once they join up with Catalina Neon!).” Herrera went on to say, “Imagine a Neoni-writing nation creating an original children's book, together with Juana Medina's art downloads and you at the center of the Neon table (really!). All this is my dream: to write with the new sparkly word-artists of our time and to have it all online for the whole planet! Become part of the creative heart of our incredible Library of Congress. I just can't wait to Neon with you.”

During the course of this adventure, you and your students may get really excited about writing chapters that follow the ones that are selected and posted by the Library—but you may also be inspired to keep writing the story that you begin with your first chapter. That’s okay too! This initiative is intended to inspire writing and collaboration, creativity and sharing.

Stay tuned for more details to come and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Sincerely,

Lee Ann Potter

Director of Educational Outreach

 

 

 




News for Teachers:Register now! Free One-Day Teacher Workshops at The Library of Congress

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:07:31 -0500

Free One-Day Teacher Workshops at The Library of Congress Inspired by the Exhibition, Jacob Riis: Revealing “How the Other Half Lives”

Join Library of Congress education specialists on Thursday, July 7, or Friday, August 5, for a one-day workshop inspired by the exhibition, Jacob Riis: Revealing “How the Other Half Lives.” Through collaborative onsite activities, discover teaching strategies for using digitized primary sources—including historic newspapers, photographs, and maps—related to themes of communication and social reform from the Gilded Age to the dawn of the Progressive Era.

Click here for details and to register. Space is limited.




News for Teachers: Historical and Geographic Thinking Featured in the latest issue of the TPS Journal

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:28:41 -0500

Primary sources support the study of many disciplines, including both history and geography. One way to help students think about primary sources geographically is to focus them on the five themes of geography: location, place, movement, region, and human-environmental interaction. The latest edition of The TPS Journal, an online publication created by the Library of Congress Educational Outreach Division in collaboration with the TPS Educational Consortium, explores how the five themes of geography can be applied to analyzing primary sources, providing students with multiple perspectives and contributing to greater understanding of a topic.

The TPS Journal: Historical and Geographic Thinking contains a full discussion of primary source analysis focused on the five themes of geography, as well as sample lesson plans, additional resources from the Library of Congress, current research on the topic, and more.

Want to see previous issues of the Journal? You can read them in the Journal Archives.




News for Teachers:Apply to become the 2016-17 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:40:34 -0500

 

The Educational Outreach Division of the Library of Congress is seeking applications from current teachers or library/media specialists for an Early Elementary Teacher-in-Residence position during the 2016-17 school year:

Educational Outreach develops and delivers teaching materials and programs to make the Library’s unparalleled collections of primary sources visible, accessible, and easy for K-12 teachers to integrate into the classroom. Previous Teachers-in-Residence have led professional development workshops, developed teaching materials, conducted research in the Library’s collections, and led and supported projects to reach a diverse audience of educators nationwide. The Library is seeking applications from early elementary (K-2) teachers in order to better understand the unique needs of young learners when working with primary source materials.

Qualifications of successful candidates include:

  • Knowledge of the Library’s digitized primary sources with experience using them in instruction with early learners,
  • Leadership experience, especially in designing and delivering professional development,
  • An innovative, flexible and collaborative work style, able to work on a team in an office environment,
  • Excellent communication skills,
  • The ability to live and work in the Washington, DC, metro area for the duration of the school year.

Deadline: Applications Due Tuesday, April 12th.

Additional information can be found here.




Library of Congress 2016 Summer Teacher Institutes –Teaching with Primary Sources

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:42:53 -0600

Library of Congress 2016 Summer Teacher Institutes –Teaching with Primary Sources

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 with tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching, with an emphasis on student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.

The Library is offering five programs this summer.  Four of the programs are open to teachers and librarians across all content areas.  One focuses on primary sources in science, technology and engineering. During each five-day institute, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

General Institutesopen to K-12 educators across all content areas:

  • June 27-July 1
  • July 11-15
  • July 18-22
  • July 25-29

Science, Technology, and Engineering Instituterecommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology, or engineering, or collaborate with those who do: 

  • June 20-24

Tuition and 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 February 29 and require a letter of recommendation. Read more and apply now !

 

 

 




Applications for Summer Teacher Institute are now Available!

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:37:19 -0600

Immerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress this summer. Apply to attend one of the following week-long professional development programs for K-12 educators in the nation's capital:

  • June 20-24
    (Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus)
  • June 27 - July 1
  • July 11-15
  • July 18-22
  • July 25-29

Each five-day institute provides educators with tools, resources, and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classrooms. Teachers and school librarians of all grade levels and curriculum areas are encouraged to apply to the open sessions, and educators who focus on science, technology, or engineering are invited to apply to the special focus week.

Tuition and materials are provided at no cost to participants. However, participants are responsible for transportation to and from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations. Interested participants have the option of completing additional requirements (and paying a fee) to earn three graduate credits from George Mason University.

The deadline to submit an application is February 29, 2016.

Additional information and the application form can be found here!

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Join us for Science Fiction and STEM: Fascinating, Immersive and Engaging 5/12/15 @ 12noon

Wed, 06 May 2015 16:37:00 -0500

The LCPA What If… Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum and the Educational Outreach Team present:
Fascinating and Immersive: Strategies, Spaces, and Science Fiction

“Fascinating and immersive” are terms that both the Museum of Science Fiction and the Library’s Educational Outreach Team use to describe their approaches to Education. The team creating the Museum believes that science fiction presents an ideal device for sparking interest and spurring proficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
and STEAM (including the arts) academic areas.

The Library’s Educational Outreach Team agrees—and believes that primary sources related to science and science fiction can inspire students and teachers to embark on lifelong journeys of discovery. Come learn how these two groups are working with science educators and students in compelling ways!

Come join us on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:00 Noon in the Mumford Room, 6th Floor, Library of Congress Madison Building and learn how to use science fiction to spark kids' interest in science.

Contact Hope O’Keeffe at loke[at]loc.gov for more information.




Deadline to Apply for Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes is Tomorrow 3/24/15

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:54:01 -0500

Apply Now! Library of Congress 2015 Summer Teacher Institutes —Teaching with Primary Sources   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., these professional development events provide educators with tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching, with an emphasis on student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. The Library is offering five Institutes this summer.  Three of the Institutes are open to teachers and librarians across the content areas, one focuses on civil rights, and one concentrates on primary sources for science education. Open Institutes Open to K-12 teachers and school librarians across the content areas Institute Session 1: June 22-26 Institute Session 2: July 6-10 Institute Session 3: July 27-31 Civil Rights Institute Open to K-12 teachers and school librarians with teaching responsibilities related to the Institute focus Civil Rights Institute: August 3-7 Science Institute Recommended for K-12 educators who teach science or collaborate with science teachers Science Institute: July 20-24 Applications are due March 24th and require a letter of recommendation. Read more and apply now: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/teacherinstitute/ [...]



Recording Now Available for Webinar on Primary Sources from the World Digital Library

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:44:24 -0600

If you were unable to join us for the Library of Congress free webinar  “Primary Sources from the World Digital Library” the recording is now available.

Participants engaged in a model primary source analysis, discussed strategies for incorporating primary sources into projects, and heard from Library experts about what the World Digital Library has to offer.

Recordings of previous webinars and information about upcoming webinars from the Library of Congress and can be found  here.