About Teaching with Primary Sources UNC

TPS at UNC first received grant funding from the Library of Congress in late 2006 and began offering workshops to teachers in 2007.  Since that time, we have reached hundreds of teachers in 6 congressional districts of Colorado and are now offering workshops in Wyoming as well. Here’s what teachers are saying about their experience with TPS-UNC workshops:

“Students have been excited about primary sources and their connections to real people who lived at a different time.”

“I learned ways to integrate Language Arts skills into my Social Studies classes by utilizing primary sources.”

“Students gain a more personal viewpoint of the historical periods we explore through primary sources.”

Workshop Participants at Summer InstituteTPS-UNC is part of a 28-member consortium of similar programs that offer TPS professional development throughout the US.  Members of the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Educational Consortium assist in the design of the TPS program and offer TPS professional development on an ongoing basis, year round. Visit www.loc.gov/teachers/tps to view a list of current Consortium members and their respective states.

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 www.loc.gov/teachers.

Our staff of four works diligently serve teachers in the ways that best meet your needs, bringing this wealth of resources to you from the Library of Congress.  For contact information and to get to know us better, see Contact Us

Linda Pfeiffer, Ed.D.

Instructional Designers/Facilitator
Mary Hart

Professional Development Coordinator
Alvarita Thomas 

About the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, housing millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. Not only does it serve the research needs of Congress in Washington D.C., its treasures are also available to the American people either by physically visiting the Library or through the millions of digitized sources accessible through its website www.loc.gov. Over the years, the Library staff has developed a strong educational mission of making their primary sources available to America’s educators and to provide resources and strategies to support student learning.


Current News

New resource: Book Backdrops developed by our summer institue participants.

Calendar of Events:

Coming this Fall 2015

Transforming America: America in the Gilded Age (Date to be announced soon)

Other offerings this fall will be Essentials Exploration and a Special Topics workhop focused on WWII