The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to: build awareness of the Librarys educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Librarys resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Librarys educational resources. The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K‐12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Librarys digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge. Learn more about the Librarys TPS program and other resources available to teachers at www.loc.gov/teachers. 

Primary Source Learning is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 educational organization that provides collaborative programs involving pre-K-12 schools, universities, libraries, museums, and other educational organizations to deliver the Library of Congress' TPS program.  It strives to  deepen student understanding of the curriculum and equip learners with 21st Century literacy skills. Primary Source Learning programs use digital resources, effective instructional practices, and research on student learning to increase teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Public school divisions of the Northern Virginia Partnership serve as model schools that initiate, evaluate, and demonstrate Primary Source Learning programs for replication on a larger scale.


Primary Source Learning provides free online portfolios that facilitate design and peer review of a variety of instructional materials published in the field-testing database. The field-testing database is both an instructional tool for teacher preparation programs and a vehicle for practicing educators to collaboratively build learning experiences that use digital resources to increase depth, rigor, and relevance of the pre-K-12 curriculum in all subjects. Primary Source Learning addresses teacher time constraints by enabling teachers to easily locate digital primary sources along with instructional materials related to specific subject standards and directs learners to relevant collections on library and museum Web sites.


  1. Provide collaborative professional development programs that result in student products that demonstrate increased student understanding of the established curriculum through reading, analyzing, and interpreting digital resources.
  1. Assess student learning related to the implementation of Primary Source Learning programs to examine progress toward the mastery of literacy skills.
  1. Research teacher effectiveness when using the best instructional practices along with digital resources to achieve specific student learning outcomes. Best instructional practices include but are not limited to the following: teaching for understanding, differentiated instruction, literacy instruction, technology integration, and assessment.
  1. Build relationships among educators and collaborating organization.
  1. Contribute to the education field through publications regarding increasing teacher effectiveness and student achievement through learning with digital resources along with best instructional practices.
  2. Engage in other educational activities to accomplish the Primary Source Learning mission.