The Library of Congress has assembled a group of teachers and experts from all areas of the country and grade levels in an effort to develop a new professional-development curriculum for K-12 educators. The Library's Educational Outreach division convened the first meeting of this national review committee in October in Washington, D.C.
The panel includes Diane Allen
of Southeastern Louisiana University, MaryAlice Anderson
of Winona (Minn.) Area Public Schools, Jim Barstow
of Lincoln (Neb.) Public Schools, Shelia Felber
of Rohr Elementary School (Chula Vista, Calif.), Megan Fix
of the School District of Philadelphia, Marcia Foster
of PBS, Jerry Hostetler
of Southern Illinois University, Melissa Johnston
of Forsyth County Schools (Atlanta, Ga.), Kathy Lehman
of Thomas Dale High School (Chester, Va.), David Miller
of the Ketchikan (Alaska) School District, Janice Newsum
of the Houston (Texas) Independent School District, Kelly Schrum
of George Mason University, Carol Stapp
of George Washington University and Karyn Wright
of Clark County (Nev.) Schools.
The professional-development curriculum will be a primary-source based program that will be delivered at the Library of Congress, in the community through its partners and online at the Library's award-winning Web site at www.loc.gov
. Participants in the program will become familiar with the breadth and organization of the Library's digital primary sources, understand the value of using primary sources in instruction and create basic inquiry-based learning experiences. The curriculum will be designed to meet standards set by the National Staff Development Council, the American Association of School Librarians and the International Society of Technology in Education.
The national review panel members were selected for their expertise and knowledge, as well as in an effort to assemble representatives from urban, suburban and rural areas and elementary, middle-school and high-school teaching specialties. The Library will formally release the professional development curriculum and online modules at the 2009 National Education Computing Conference in Washington, D.C., in June.
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