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
In August 2016, the Library conducted a nationwide competitive search for organizations that could demonstrate: their knowledge of the pedagogy for using primary sources; ability to design and manage project activities that are transferrable to other organizations and locales; and active membership in networks that can facilitate the spread of TPS.
The Library selected 29 new and continuing organizations to participate in the TPS Consortium, between October 2016 and October 2019. Twenty-eight of these Consortium members receive annual grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000, depending on the scope of their projects. One member is self-funded. Educational Outreach expects to begin the next recruitment of members for the 2020-22 Consortium in early 2019.
In addition to Consortium grants, three Consortium members, Waynesburg University, Illinois State University, and Metropolitan State University, manage regional activities in the East, Midwest, and West, respectively. On a continuously rolling basis, they offer small sub-grants of up to $20,000 to organizations wishing to incorporate TPS methods and materials into their programs for teachers.
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 Journal
Between 2008 and 2016, TPS Consortium members contributed their knowledge to 15 issues of the TPS 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.