Professional development activities under Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) progress along three program levels. K-12 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.
Level I - Participants gain strategies for using primary sources to help students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills and build content knowledge.
- What are primary sources;
- Why teach with primary sources; and
- How to teach with primary sources.
Level II - Participants evaluate, create and teach topic-specific, content-informed lessons that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress and exemplify effective instructional practices.
- 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 III - Experienced educators advocate the use of primary sources and help disseminate the ideas, methods and products of the TPS program.
- 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