Library of Congress - Teaching with Primary Sources


Welcome K-12 educators! We invite you learn more about our program and take advantage of our free professional development. 


Lincoln's Student Sum BookFunded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at University of Northern Colorado (UNC) offers free professional development for K-12 educators in Colorado and Wyoming. Our commitment is to reach our nearest neighbors, teachers in northern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming, and also to serve schools in smaller towns and outlying areas of these states. We also can partner with schools with a particular academic focus. Contact us to find out more!

Our workshops will introduce you to the vast online resources of the Library of Congress--millions of digitized primary sources and other teaching resources designed by educators that focus on inquiry-based learning and meet common core state standards.

TPS-UNC offers full day workshops at UNC sites, and can also provide workshops to meet your needs at your school site. Our Essentials Exploration is an introductory (Level One) workshop and a pre-requisite for other offerings. Each semester one to two Special Topics workshops allow you to focus on specific areas of study and explore the Library’s collections more in depth.

Level Two professional development offerings are available through our Summer Institutes where you will focus on a theme or topic, learn from experts, create lesson plans and make plans to implement them in the coming school year.

Teachers who have had success integrating primary sources into their classroom and want to take on a more active role in advocating, instructing or coaching in support of the use of primary sources may become part of the Level Three 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

Join us at central UNC locations for our workshops and institutes, and learn how we can provide on-site workshops at your school. Contact us to learn more or follow the links to upcoming workshops and register today! (Remember, the Essentials Exploration is your entry-level portal all other TPS-UNC professional development)