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Free Professional Development for CO & WY K-12 Educators
Teaching with Primary Sources – University of Northern Colorado provides free professional development to teachers and library-media specialists in Colorado and Wyoming through funding from the Library of Congress. With a commitment to reaching schools in smaller towns and rural areas, we introduce all interested k-12 educators to the vast online resources of the Library of Congress--millions of digitized primary sources and other teaching resources that have been designed by educators for educators.
We offer Essentials Exploration, an introductory (Level I) workshop, intermediate Special Topics, and a three-day Advanced Summer Institute. Please see our list of upcoming events in the Upcoming Events list to the right.
We can also bring the Essentials Exploration workshop and other specialized workshops to your school. Call (970) 351-1555 or e-mail email@example.com.
Teaching the Titanic Tragedy - Along with the tax deadline, April 15 this year marks another significant date - the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the luxury liner Titanic on its maiden voyage. Renewed interest from your students can provide opportunities to explore, analyze and uncover varying perspectives with Library of Congress primary sources. Follow this link to discover the primary sources, activities and other teacher resources we’ve collected for you: Titianic teaching resources
If you haven’t discovered the National Jukebox from the Library of Congress, take a look at this excellent article from two members of the Library of Congress staff which introduces this music resource and offers helpful teaching ideas.
Stacie Moats, Educational Resources Specialist at the Library of Congress, and Stephanie Poxon, former senior music specialist at the Library, co-wrote the article about using digitized musical primary sources. “I Didn’t Raise my Boy to be a Soldier: Ideas and Strategies for Using Music from the National Jukebox to teach Difficult Topics in History” explores ways to use the Library’s vast collection of music, both recorded and sheet music, to teach inquiry and critical thinking in the classroom. Moats and Poxon point out that it is easy to create a unique playlist of recorded music on the Jukebox site (www.loc.gov/jukebox) as a classroom resource. They then provide multiple ideas for using the music to compare the past to the present utilizing the Primary Source Analysis Tools (available at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/guides.html).
To read this interesting and useful article, click here.
This article, which appeared in Social Education (November/December 2011, Volume 75, Number 6), a journal of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), www.socialstudies.org, is shared with permission from NCSS. The theme of this issue is Teaching Difficult Topics with Primary Sources.
Educational Resource Specialists at the Library of Congress, such as Cherly Lederle, find literal and metaphorical ways to incorporate thematic and timely references for instructional purpose with the digitized, primary, sources available online for teachers.
Check out Cheryl's suggestions in incorporating the political cartoon below from the front cover of "Puck" magazine in January 1905. Her ideas activate students' interest and facilitate their comparative analysis of our contemporary political climate.
The new boy, January 1, 1905 / Frank A. Nankivell