The Teaching with Primary Sources Northern Virginia Partnership (TPSNVA) is sponsored by the Library of Congress through its Teaching with Primary Sources Program.

The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to: build awareness of the Library's educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library's resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library's 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 Library's digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge. Learn more about the Library's TPS program and other resources available to teachers at

AS a member the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Educational Consortium, TPSNVA assists in the design of the TPS program and offers TPS professional development on an ongoing basis, year round. Visit to view a list of current Consortium members and their respective states.

Collaborating with Virginia Teachers and Schools

TPSNVA began in 2003 with the Library of Congress-sponsored Adventure of the American Mind program, which included Alexandria City Public Schools, Arlington Public Schools, and Falls Church City Public Schools. Fairfax County Public Schools joined the partnership in 2004.

TPSNVA remains a professional development program designed by school personnel in an effort to promote student learning while advancing current local school district instructional initiatives.

Each school in the four partner school districts has the opportunity for school-based professional development. In addition, each district's department of instruction will have the opportunity for district-wide professional development. Collaboration opportunities among the participants from the Northern Virginia school systems have been a highlight in the program development activities.

TPSNVA has branched out to bring Teaching with Primary Sources  professional development to  other Virginia jurisdictions as well.