TPS: Online professional development planned

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WAYNESBURG – The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development event for educators featuring primary sources related to the 2014 National History Day Theme, “Rights and Responsibilities in History,” during October and November.


Sessions for the six-week, online workshop will consist of six Thursday sessions, from 5 to 7 p.m. until Nov. 7. Each week will require two hours of individual reading and project development plus two hours of live real-time audio chat with colleagues and a facilitator. Participants will earn up to 24 PA Act 48 activity hours.


This workshop is designed for teachers and librarians, grades 6 through 12. Graduates of TPS Level 1 are welcome to apply; others are asked to complete the six online modules (http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/) before attending. Those who submit certificates of completion will receive six additional PA Act 48 activity hours.


Space is limited. To register online, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NationalHistoryDayResourcesLibraryofCongress.


Participants will prepare to coach their own students in finding and interpreting Library of Congress primary sources related to this year’s theme. Participants will also gain skills and experience searching the Library’s web site for primary sources and utilizing them to support inquiry learning.


The Summarize, Contextualize, Infer, Monitor and Corroborate inquiry process developed by David Hicks at Virginia Tech University will be applied to theme-based primary sources available online at http://loc.gov. The SCIM-C model provides support for students as they engage in the thinking process that historians use when they attempt to answer historical questions.


For more information, contact Sue Wise at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377.


TPS is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. The program was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot and was officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. Waynesburg University TPS continues to serve educators throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. The program is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators and works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.


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