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2020 Library of Congress Summer Webinars

This summer, the Library of Congress is offering a series of free, one-hour webinars for educators interested in using primary sources with their students. Individual webinar descriptions and links to register may be found in the table below. Educators participating in a live webinar session may request a certificate for one hour of professional development. Recordings of previously held webinars may be accessed at the bottom of the page.

To request ADA accommodations, please contact (202) 707-6362 or [email protected] at least five business days in advance.

Please email [email protected] with any other questions or comments on the sessions.

Date & Time Description
May 27
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

In this interactive webinar, participants will learn and apply foundational strategies for analyzing primary sources. How can we facilitate learning activities that help students become engaged, think critically, and construct their own understandings? It starts with making observations, reflecting on them, and asking questions. We'll practice these strategies and consider how to apply them in participants' settings.

June 3
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Reflecting on Using Primary Sources to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

Explore key moments across U.S. history at which individual advocacy and broad campaigns for civil rights enabled people with disabilities to move from the far margins of society into full citizenship. Identify points in the typical U.S. History curriculum (such as Antebellum Reforms, early 20th century Immigration, and Post WWII social movements) to infuse elements of this history. Access a wealth of primary sources, free curriculum, and communities of support. Gain practical strategies and tools to make history truly accessible for ALL learners–especially students with disabilities. This session will be facilitated by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, from Collaborative for Educational Services.

June 10
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Finding Resources on LOC.gov

The Library of Congress web site (www.loc.gov) offers millions of digitized primary sources free to use with your students, along with many free teacher resources. In this webinar, we'll share tips for finding resources in the Library's vast collections by navigating www.loc.gov and effectively using the Library's search engine. Come with your questions and let us help you find what you need!

June 17
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Pairing Primary Sources and Picture Books

A picture book that focuses on a historic event or individual can introduce students to a piece of history. Layering in primary sources allows for new engagement and understanding. This session will focus on how the pairing of primary sources and picture books can enhance the awareness of a historic event or individual, the research process taken by authors of historically based picture books, as well as the author's or illustrator's portrayal of history. Tom Bober, Missouri Association of School Librarians, will facilitate the session.

June 24
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Analyzing Complex Images

In this interactive webinar, participants will learn and apply foundational strategies for analyzing primary sources that are particularly rich and complex in detail. How can we help students identify and analyze details that may otherwise go unnoticed? And how can they relate these details together to arrive at a larger understanding? Participants will also reflect on how they might use these strategies with their students.

July 1
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Turning Inquiry into Action: How to Engage Young Learners with KidCitizen

This presentation highlights KidCitizen episodes that engage young children in analyzing resources from the Library of Congress and connecting what they learn to their daily lives. KidCitizen is a freely available digital interactive designed to foster young children's inquiry with primary sources. The digital episodes facilitate a developmentally appropriate process of careful looking, historical thinking, and evidence-informed analysis that are at the center of disciplinary literacy. By slowing down the act of looking, children discover new information and construct viewpoints as primary sources are mined. This session will be facilitated by Ilene R. Berson and Michael J. Berson, University of South Florida.

July 8
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Selecting Primary Sources

Thoughtfully selecting a primary source can be critical for the success of an educational activity, to ensure that students will be engaged and able to work effectively with the source. In this webinar, Library of Congress education specialists will share their criteria and processes for selecting primary sources. Participants will practice the selection process as well and reflect on how they can select appropriate and effective sources for their students.

July 15
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Learning to Teach All Over Again: Teachers' Reflections on Using Primary Source Analysis to Engage English Learners in Critical Democratic Discussions

Teachers of English Learners are challenged with designing instruction that simultaneously facilitates English language development and grade-level academic content mastery. However, many teachers struggle to move from policies to practices and mindsets to materials. Furthermore, many educators unintentionally enact a pedagogy of pity, lowering expectations to protect ELs from experiencing failure or struggle, a phenomenon that Pedro Noguera refers to as the "pobrecito syndrome" (2008). This session will discuss outcomes regarding changes in teachers' attitudes about ELs' abilities to succeed as well as their experience with facilitating rich democratic discussions with ELs using primary source analysis. Andrea Kolb, Center for Schools and Communities, will facilitate the session.

July 22
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Analyzing Multiple Perspectives

Library education specialists will lead an interactive session in which participants will learn and practice strategies they can use to help students examine primary sources from multiple perspectives. Among the strategies used will be "Circle of Viewpoints" from Harvard Graduate School's Project Zero program. Participants will also reflect on how these strategies may be used with their students.

July 29
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words showcases rarely seen materials that offer an intimate view of Rosa Parks and documents her life and activism—creating a rich opportunity for viewers to discover new dimensions to their understanding of this seminal figure. This webinar will provide insight into the life of Rosa Parks as well as highlight resources that can be used with students.

August 5
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Information Literacy and Primary Sources

Information literacy involves multiple skills, including examining information sources in a variety of media; evaluating claims and evidence; identifying bias; and researching for additional information. In this interactive webinar, participants will apply these information literacy skills to historical primary sources from the Library of Congress and reflect on how these strategies may be used with their students.

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Date & Time Description
May 20
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

The exhibition "Shall Not Be Denied" tells the story of the largest reform movement in American history with documents, photographs and scrapbooks from a diverse group of women who changed political history 100 years ago. Many suffragists donated their personal collections to the national library so that their stories would be remembered. The exhibition is part of the national commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2019 and 2020. Manuscript Division Chief Janice Ruth and historian Elizabeth Novara describe the creation of the Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote exhibition and highlight online primary sources related to that topic. Ms. Novara will also demonstrate By the People (http://crowd.loc.gov), a crowdsourced transcription project, to encourage teachers to use with their students. Take a look at the exhibition here: https://vimeo.com/341006311

Recording coming soon.

May 6, 2020

Introduction to the Question Formulation Technique for Primary Source Learning

This free, one-hour interactive webinar introduces educators to the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a strategy through which individuals develop their ability to ask, work with, and use their own questions.

Recording coming soon.

April 22, 2020

Scientific Literacy, Citizenship, and History: Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress Webinar

In this one hour webinar, we shared resources and strategies for educators interested in helping their students analyze Library of Congress primary sources to explore connections between scientific literacy and citizenship.

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April 7, 2020

Teaching Civic Ideals through Primary Sources Webinar

A one-hour webinar demonstrating how the use of primary sources can offer students specific examples of civic principles, highlighting ways that a civic ideal has been tested, interpreted, and applied throughout American history.

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