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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bill of Rights Resources, Summer 2012 and more Railway Post Office info

The new issue of The Source is available. Fueled by feedback for The Constitution issue we are focusing on the Bill of Rights.  Melissa, editor of The Source, has collected valuable information and resources providing alternative ways to present material and engage diverse learners.  We would love to hear your idea for a theme, please share!

Summer Institutes
Thanks to great participants, EIU TPS Summer Institutes are some of our favorite events.  The casual tone and interactions between teachers from different schools and disciplines energize us as we undertake a heaving schedule of professional dialogue, interaction with primary sources, presentations by experts, research and curriculum design.  I believe TPS EIU alumni would agree that while we work diligently during sessions and there is homework, it is a positive experience that is worth the commitment.   

We are working on some exciting new ideas!  On March 1st we will post all TPS EIU summer events on our homepage.  Each event will have limited enrollment, so sign up early!  Jot “TPS EIU” on 3/1/12 of your calendar!

Cool Resource
Anyone who works with TPS EIU knows about my fondness for the Railway Post Office (RPO) and clerks from the Constant Motion project.  The National Postal Museum has launched a site of resources based on Owney the Railway Mail Service Mascot.  Although the RPO is not specifically identified in learning standards, the stories of clerks and Owney provide a new way to approach topics like transportation, community development, geography, economics, communication and more.  There are interactive applications and fabulous resources for classrooms. (Including a few links to TPS EIU.)

This pick includes TWO of my favorite things - the RPO and Trace Adkins.  Download a free children’s eBook and iPad app narrated by Mr. Adkins.  “The adventures of Owney, a scruffy mutt who became the unofficial Railway Post Office mascot in the 1890s, are narrated through contemporary eyes and based on primary sources with a dash of imagination” in Owney: Tales from the Rails.

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