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Loyola University Chicago

Teaching with Primary Sources

Professional Development

Through a series of professional development workshops, The Loyola TPS team will work with your school to share the innovative and inspirational possibilities of incorporating primary sources into classroom instruction.  These workshops are designed to increase and enhance student literacy, align with Common Core State Standards, and ultimately improve ISAT scores overall.

  • A federal grant makes these workshops available for FREE. 
  • Workshop sessions can be scheduled at times to best suit your needs. From after-school training to full-day, comprehensive in-services. The choice is yours.
  • Continuing Professional Development Units: CPDUs and/or CEUs are provided.

Professional Development Presentation Keynote (Mac)

Professional Development Presentation PowerPoint (PC)

Click for Library of Congress Primary Source Professional Development



Workshop Content

Professional development activities under Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) progress along three

program levels. K-12 educators have the option of taking workshops and courses, offered by TPS Consortium

members, under all or some of these levels, depending on their interests.


Level I–Participants gain strategies for using primary sources to help students engage in learning, develop

critical thinking skills and build content knowledge.

Participants learn:

What are primary sources;

Why teach with primary sources; and

How to teach with primary sources.


Level II– Participants evaluate, create and teach topic-specific, content-informed lessons that integrate

primary sources from the Library of Congress and exemplify effective instructional practices.


Gain a thorough understanding of effective instructional practices with emphases on inquiry-based

and student-centered learning using primary sources

Learn to identify exemplary learning experiences

Create standards-based, content-informed learning experiences integrating primary sources from the

Library of Congress that exemplify effective instructional practice

Teach, assess and reflect on their experiences using primary sources in instruction

Evaluate primary source-based learning experiences

Investigate the effects of primary source-based instruction on student learning


Level III – Experienced educators advocate the use of primary sources and help disseminate the ideas,

methods and products of the TPS program.


Mentor colleagues on the effective instructional uses of primary sources

Evaluate learning experiences for widespread dissemination and use

Interact and collaborate with other teachers who are using Library of Congress primary sources

Conduct research into the effective use of primary sources in education

Contribute to the use of effective practices for using primary sources in instruction by leading

professional development activities