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Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects created at the time under study. Used effectively, primary sources can be powerful tools to help students engage, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge.

K-12 teachers and school librarians are invited to apply to spend a week this summer at the Library of Congress, one of the world’s largest repository of primary sources. The Library’s week-long Summer Institutes and Seminars focus on strategies for the effective integration of primary sources in the classroom.

Selected participants join colleagues from across the country for five days of high quality professional development in the nation’s capital. Educators across subject areas and grade levels work side by side with Library education specialists and collections experts to develop lessons for use in their classrooms. At program’s end, participants return to their school settings armed with multiple strategies for developing, refining, and implementing lessons with primary source analysis at the center.

Application is now closed. Applicants will be notified in mid-April.

This summer, the Library will offer five programs: three open Institutes, which offer strategies for lesson design and implementation across the content areas, one Institute with a special focus on Civil Rights, and one Seminar, with a focus on the use of primary sources in science education.

Institutes Open to K-12 teachers and school librarians across the content areas:

  • Institute Session 1: June 9-13
  • Institute Session 2: July 7-11
  • Institute Session 3: July 21-25

Civil Rights Institute Open to K-12 teachers and school librarians with teaching responsibilities related to the Institute focus:

  • Civil Rights Institute: July 28-Aug 1

Read more about the Summer Institutes

Science Seminar Recommended for upper elementary to secondary educators with teaching responsibilities directly related to the area of focus and a desire to tap the potential of primary sources for science education:

  • Science Seminar: July 14-18

Read more about the Seminar for Primary Sources in Science Education