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Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program


The Library of Congress awards grants to a wide variety of organizations, including K-12 schools, universities, literacy organizations, centers, clubs, historical societies, museums, libraries, associations of home-schooling parents and caregivers, honor societies, and other community, civic, professional, state, regional, and national groups that expand the body of innovative strategies, tools, and materials for meaningful teaching and learning with Library of Congress materials.

TPS grants support the Library’s mission to engage, inspire, and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity.

About the Program

Since 2006, the Library has awarded Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grants to build a nationwide network of organizations that deliver educational programming, and create teaching materials and tools based on the Library’s digitized primary sources and other online resources. Each year members of this network, called the TPS Consortium, support tens of thousands of learners to build knowledge, engagement, and critical thinking skills with items from the Library’s collections.

Periodically, the Library will a release a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to invite educational organizations to apply for grants ranging from $35,000 to $100,000, to support implementation of TPS projects in the United States and its territories.

In addition to seeking grants directly from the Library of Congress, interested applicants may apply for TPS regional grants administered by Waynesburg University, Illinois State University, and Metropolitan State University, in the East, Midwest, and West, respectively. Each of the three TPS regional partners offers sub-grants of up to $25,000, on a continuous rolling basis to organizations wishing to incorporate TPS methods and materials into their educational programming.

All TPS grant recipients become members of the TPS Consortium – a group of partner organizations dedicated to using resources from the Library to offer educational services and products to targeted populations of learners. TPS Consortium members and their staffs gain personal and organizational benefits that include valuable information, collaborations, and expanded networks.

TPS Consortium Members

The TPS Consortium extends the reach and use of the TPS program by creating curriculum, delivering professional development to pre-and in-service teachers, and contributing to researching effective strategies for incorporations primary sources in K-12 instruction. Their projects reflect focus on various teacher and student populations, professional concentrations, program approaches, and geographic locations.

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Consortium Member Spotlight

The National Council for History Education (NCHE) was founded in 1990 to implement the recommendations of the Bradley Commission on History in Schools. The Bradley Commission was a group of historians and history educators whose work culminated in the development of History’s Habits of Mind. These habits stress the importance of primary source analysis, historical thinking skills, and collegial interactions between learners and instructors.

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The TPS Consortium Journal

The TPS Consortium Journal is a peer-reviewed, online publication created by members of the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium. Published semiannually, each themed issue focuses on approaches to teaching effectively with Library of Congress digitized primary sources.

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