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Access recordings from the Library of Congress online conference for educators that took place October 25-26, 2016

Education experts and subject matter specialists presented 15 different sessions discussing resources and teaching strategies for using primary sources in the classroom. The keynote speaker was Tonya Bolden, an award-winning author of more than 20 books for young people. Her most recent work, “How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture” (Viking), chronicles the history behind the development and the building of the latest museum on the National Mall.

  • Keynote Address with Award Winning Author Tonya Bolden
    Hear from Tonya Bolden, award-winning children’s author, for an engaging conversation facilitated by elementary school librarian, Tom Bober. Tonya Bolden’s books have garnered much praise and earned countless starred reviews, including the James Madison Book Award, and have been named the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, YALSA Best Book of the Year, and CCBC Best Book of the Year. Bolden’s works were twice nominated for an NAACP award for her books Searching for Sarah Rector and Beautiful Moon. She won a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Maritcha: A Nineteenth Century American Girl. Bolden’s acclaimed works include Capital Days: Michael Shiner’s Journal and the Growth of Our Nation’s CapitalEmancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty; and more.

  • Applying Project Zero’s “Artful Thinking” Routines to Visual Images from the Library of Congress

    Learn strategies to empower your students to derive meaning from visual images. This presentation will model ways to apply “Artful Thinking” strategies to visual images from the Library of Congress to develop the critical thinking skills: observing and describing; investigating and questioning; exploring perspectives/points of view; and making connections.
  • Beyond the Bubble: A New Generation of Historical Thinking Assessments
    During this interactive session, participants will learn how to use free online assessments designed by the Stanford History Education Group that incorporate documents from the Library of Congress’s archives. Participants will examine assessments, rubrics, and sample student responses.

  • Building Deeper Connections to the CCSS, C3 Framework, & Civic Competencies with Primary Sources

    Teaching with primary sources not only engages students in the inquiry process, but also closely aligns to the Common Core State Standards, supports the C3 Framework for Social Studies, and helps students develop civic competency skills across the curriculum, preparing them for success in the classroom and beyond. Come build deeper connections with colleagues across the country.

  • Eagle Eye Citizen: Interactive Engagement with Civics and Primary Sources

    Eagle Eye Citizen is an engaging, online, mobile-friendly interactive for middle and high school students focused on Congress and civic participation. Come explore! Learn how to solve and create challenges that encourage students to explore Library of Congress primary sources — and look closer. Learn strategies for integrating Eagle Eye Citizen into your civics or history classroom.

  • How Did Slaves Gain Their Freedom During the Civil War?

    Many believe President Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation. This national myth only tells part of the story. This presentation features a lesson on human agency --the actions that slaves took to free themselves during the Civil War. Participants will deconstruct a secondary source and analyze primary sources to understand the contributing factors to emancipation.

  • Jefferson’s Legacy – A Brief History of the Library of Congress

    Did you know that Thomas Jefferson sold his personal library to Congress to replace the books burned during the war of 1812? The vast range of his interests determined the universal and diverse nature of the Library of Congress’s collections and activities. Join the Library of Congress historian to learn about the history of the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online.

  • Kindergarten Historians: Primary Sources and Early Grades Learners

    If you’ve ever wondered how early elementary students develop historical thinking skills, join the 2016-17 Teacher in Residence to learn about her experiences teaching historical thinking routines to kindergarteners. Discovery learning offers students opportunities to prove, or investigate, their ideas. The thinking routines they use to make observations and reflections when analyzing visual primary sources are carried over into other academic areas, notably literacy and science.

  • Library of Congress 101 for Teachers

    Explore what the Library of Congress has for teachers, including lesson plans and primary source sets, webinars and professional development opportunities. Briefly explore ways to tap into the Library’s vast collections to find even more primary sources for your classroom.
  • Look Back. See Further. Analyzing Photographs from the Library of Congress Collection
    UArts created a guide to studying photographs, meant for use in the classroom or as inspiration for teachings. It helps users build visual literacy skills - making meaning of images through analysis and interpretation, and using images effectively. Using the TPS Analysis Tool, we will analyze a portrait, a street scene and a recreational image.

  • One Year in the Life of America

    By gathering and analyzing primary sources from the Library of Congress, students can explore real-world problems and challenges that prompt questioning, inquiry and research. This presentation will model an approach that promotes these skills by focusing on select events from a particular year in history.

  • “Questions are the Engines of Intellect”: How to Stimulate Student Curiosity and Questions

    The historian David Hackett Fischer observed that “Questions are the engines of intellect…” How can all students learn to ask their own questions, learn to improve their questions, and learn to apply their questions effectively to primary sources? This session will offer an active learning opportunity to experience the evidence-based Question Formulation Technique and learn how to implement it with students the very next day. Teachers report that students who learn how to use the QFT become more successful and self-directed learners who become more curious and more engaged historians-in-practice as they inquire from beginning to end of a project.

  • Social Media in Social Studies: Engaging Students in their Medium

    Social Media and primary sources engage learners. Combining the two can promote powerful learning. Explore primary source analysis using Twitter. Rethink strategies such as think-pair-share in the context of social media. Examine the ways in which social media combined with primary sources can support learning outcomes.

  • Teaching with Historical Newspapers

    Library of Congress newspaper experts will discuss Presidential elections materials available through the Chronicling America digitized historic newspaper program. Learn ways to get the most out of the site and share teaching strategies for using the materials in your classroom.

  • What’s New at the Library of Congress?

    In just this past year, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online the Papers of Walt Whitman, new historic newspaper collections, WWI artwork, public radio and television recordings, the papers of numerous U.S. Presidents, Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project, and much more! In this session, Library staff will highlight some amazing, inspiring, and surprising items from these collections. Please join us as we brainstorm strategies for incorporating them into classroom instruction!