Welcome

Welcome to THE SOURCE BLOG: Teaching with Primary Sources at Eastern Illinois University News. Our new blog allows us to quickly share news about and links to resources, coming events and changes to educational materials important to those of us who recognize the benefits of teaching with digitized primary sources from the collections of the Library of Congress. Posts will be brief and informal, but you have our word that the information shared will be valuable and relevant. Please subscribe to THE SOURCE and encourage colleagues to join the conversation and receive updates via RSS feed or email. Remember to visit our site at www.eiu.edu/eiutps. Thank you and come back soon!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hitting the ground running...

2013 is off to a fast and furious start of workshops and presentations, but TPS EIU would have it no other way!

The application deadline for the 2013 Summer Teacher Institutes at the Library of Congress is Monday, February 4!  If you are planning a trip to DC or are looking for something new for the coming summer, I encourage you to check these out!  Travel to DC can be affordable if you plan early and you will have the opportunity to work with amazing people at the Library of Congress and meet peers from across the country.   Learn more at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/teacherinstitute/.

On Thursday, February 7, Cindy is presenting  Eyewitness to the Struggle for Change: Teaching With Primary Sources at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in conjunction with the exhibit Courage: The Vision to End Segregation, the Guts to Fight For It. We are fortunate to have several respected museums and facilities in Illinois.  While we may not be able to take our students to these sites, many offer opportunities for teachers to learn about their sites and resources that can be brought to the classroom electronically.


In coming weeks we will announce Summer 2013 plans for TPS EIU.



Friday, November 30, 2012

TPS EIU Update Nov. 2012


RESOURCES
The December 2012 issue of The Source is now available. Our topic for December is Diaries. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
Remember that you can always find current information about professional development events on our homepage at www.eiu.edu/eiutps

TPS EIU in Action and TPS EIU Jump-Start! We are now offering our hands-on professional development project that combines research, exploration, collaboration and authentic application at your local site, but with two options for scheduling.  TPS EIU in Action allows teachers to participate in the program over six to twelve weeks.  TPS EIU Jump-Start packs the program into four intense weeks with more independent work expected.  Check them out and contact us!! 

2013 SPECIAL EVENT! 
If you are able to travel to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois in February, please join us for a packed day of professional development. Eyewitness to the Struggle for Change: Teaching with Primary Sources at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (Skokie, IL)Thursday, February 7, 2013,9:00 am - 2:30 pm    5 CPDU     Cost $20.00

In conjunction with the exhibit Courage: The Vision to End Segregation, the Guts to Fight For It, The IHMEC in partnership with Dr. Cindy Rich from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at Eastern Illinois University will explore the stages of the fight for equal educaiton, The Supreme Court argument, and the events that followed. The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in inquiry learning through the study of primary sources available from the exhibit and Library of Congress and to experience first-hand accounts of individuals who were embedded in the movement and experienced the aftermath. We will study photographs, documents, cartoons, audio, video, and more, and discuss how these events relate to other historic civil rights struggles and those occurring todayRegister online.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass)


Berlin Jewish shop owners and wreckage
November 9, 1938 
German synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed on Kristallnacht, or "The Night of Broken Glass".  Although there are limited primary sources available from the Library of Congress that are directly related to Kristallnacht, some resources can be located for the days and events leading to this night and following. Be sure to look for additional resources and information at trustworthy sites such as the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

Berlin Jewish shop owners and wreckage. 1938 Nov. 10.Prints and Photographs Division. Library of Congress.

   Want to learn more?
1. Teaching the Holocaust with Primary Sources themed resource site.  This site is organized much like our other themed resources.  The sections and their contents include, an introduction (Nuremberg Race Laws, Kristallnacht, Ghettos, Concentration Camps and individuals highlighted in Righteous Among Nations), links to Library of Congress resources, primary source and analysis tool information and a primary source set.  
2. The Source is our monthly themed publication.  The October 2012 issue focuses on the Holocaust with more information that supports our themed resource.
3.  TPS EIU is thrilled to collaborate with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center to present Eyewitness to the Struggle for Change: Teaching With Primary Sources.  This workshop for teachers will be held Thursday, 2/7/13 at the IHMEC in Skokie, IL.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Common Core State Standards and Library of Congress Teacher Resources

The Library of Congress Teachers Page has incorporated the Common Core State Standards into their teacher resources.  From the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog announced yesterday that we are now able to search for materials based on CCSS.  The Search by Standards option has been in place for a couple of years and results are presented exactly the same.  If you are looking at a specific lesson plan, instead of a list of standards you are now able to search for the aligned CCSS as well.  

I haven't had the opportunity to explore this yet, but I did want to share the new feature with you.  Please feel free to share your thoughts as Melissa and I are trying to learn about the CCSS and how we can improve TPS EIU to support teachers in the classroom.

Monday, October 8, 2012


Researching the Holocaust

Holocaust Header
Following a 2012 visit to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the staff at TPS EIU began researching the Library of Congress website for relevant resources to support educators as they teach about the Holocaust.  The topic of the Holocaust is very broad, so we chose to offer a glimpse at resources on a variety of topics.  There are a limited number of items on this topic found at www.loc.gov, but other institutions and museums offer access to primary sources as well.  We encourage you to explore.
We are sharing our research in three ways.
1. Teaching the Holocaust with Primary Sources themed resource site.  This site is organized much like our other themed resources.  The sections and their contents include, an introduction (Nuremberg Race Laws, Kristallnacht, Ghettos, Concentration Camps and individuals highlighted in Righteous Among Nations), links to Library of Congress resources, primary source and analysis tool information and a primary source set.  
2. The Source is our monthly themed publication.  The October 2012 issue focuses on the Holocaust with more information that supports our themed resource.
3.  TPS EIU is thrilled to collaborate with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center to present Eyewitness to the Struggle for Change: Teaching With Primary Sources.  This workshop for teachers will be held Thursday, 2/7/13 at the IHMEC in Skokie, IL.  For information see the announcement section at www.eiu.edu/~eiutps

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Props to the TPS Journal (Quarterly)!

A recent post on the blog History Tech brings new attention to a past issue of the Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources publication, the TPS Journal.  I hope that you will check out the post which highlights the inquiry learning issue.

Although I am biased (I am on the editorial team), I encourage you to take a look at the TPS Journal.  Each issue has a theme drawn for a pedagogical topic that is being discussed in schools now.  You will find an informative feature article, resources for research and current thinking and classroom activity ideas.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Let's stay in touch!

WANT TO STAY IN TOUCH?
As in the past, we promise that you will only receive one email from us each month that will introduce the topic of the newest issue of "The Source" (formerly our newsletter).  Within that email we will share announcements and opportunities that may be beneficial to you.  You are welcome to forward these emails to colleagues.  We are currently updating our subscription link and hope to have it operational soon so more teachers can be added to our contact list!

Please consider subscribing to this blog - THE SOURCE BLOG: Teaching with Primary Sources at Eastern Illinois University News.  Posts are brief and informal, but you have our word that the information shared is valuable and relevant. Check it out and encourage colleagues to join the conversation and receive updates via RSS feed or email. 

Do you like podcasts?  Cindy will continue to be part of TechTalk4Teacher podcasts with Dr. Tom Grissom, of the EIU Instructional Technology Center.  The podcasts address technology in various forms, from hardware and software to cool resources available online - with special attention paid to the Library of Congress, of course. This month we chat about a Technology Triage to start the school year, the National Book Festival and artifacts relating to the national political conventions.  Check it out at http://techtalk4teachers.blogspot.com/.  

NEWS
The first issue of our newsletter, The Source, is now online at and focuses on the Olympics.  Take a look for interesting information and examples of Library of Congress digitized primary sources and resources available.  The archived list of past issues is always available at the bottom of The Source page.

On October 5, TPS EIU is partnering with the Eastern Illinois Writing Project for a free professional development event titled "Creative Teaching that Meets the Standards: Reading and Writing Throughout the Curriculum".  Dr. Tim Shanahan of the UIC Center for Literacy and author of the Shanahan on Literacy Blog will provide the keynote address followed by breakout sessions with classroom teachers.  Registration information will be posted on the EIWP website at http://www.eiu.edu/~easternnwp.  

As always, please contact us with any questions or comments, have a fabulous school year and we hope to see you soon!