Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program
The Library of Congress awards grants to educational organizations, including universities, historical societies, foundations, companies, and school districts that assist in the design and delivery of the TPS program. These grantees, who comprise the TPS Consortium, deliver TPS professional development and academic courses, design curriculum and apps/online interactives using primary sources from the Library’s collections, and/or conduct research on the classroom use of primary sources.
About the Program
Since 2006, the Library has awarded Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grants to build a nationwide network of organizations that deliver professional development, write curriculum, and create apps and interactives based on the Library’s digitized primary sources. Each year members of this network, called the TPS Consortium, support tens of thousands of teachers as they build their ability to build student knowledge, engagement, and critical thinking skills, through effective primary source-based instruction.
The Library releases annual notices of funding opportunity to invite educational organizations to apply for grants ranging from $20,000 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 offers sub-grants of up to $20,000, on a continuous rolling basis to organizations wishing to incorporate TPS methods and materials into their programs for teachers.
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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.
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.
The TPS Consortium Journal
Between 2008 and 2016, TPS Consortium members contributed their knowledge to 15 issues of the TPS Consortium Journal – a publication dedicated to support the use of Library of Congress digitized primary sources to teach a number of topics in the K-12 curriculum.
Regional Grant Program
The Library of Congress awards grants of up to $20,000, under the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Regional program to school districts, universities, cultural institutions, library systems and other educational organizations that wish to incorporate TPS materials and methods into their existing education and professional development programs for pre and in-service teachers, librarians, media specialists and other K-12 educators.