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Online workshops and conferences facilitated by Library of Congress education specialists

The Library of Congress offers educator webinars and workshops facilitated by education resource specialists. As sessions are added, we will post them here. Educators may also access materials and recordings from previously held webinars.

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Date & Time Description
October 15
4:00-5:00 pm ET

Special Event with Poet Juan Felipe Herrera

This event is hosted by our TPS partner, the National Council of Teachers of English. Join us for Part II of our National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with the Library of Congress. This session will feature an intimate conversation with former US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who will unpack one of his poems recorded for the PALABRA Archive and provide insight into his writing process. He will also discuss poets in the archive who have influenced him, and participants will have the opportunity to ask Herrera questions.

October 8
4:00-5:00pm ET

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Library of Congress and the Palabra Archive

This event is hosted by our TPS partner, the National Council of Teachers of English. Join us for a demonstration of the PALABRA Archive (formerly know as the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape) led by Catalina Gómez, reference librarian in the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress. This resource dates back to 1943 and contains nearly 800 recordings of poets and prose writers participating in sessions at the Library's Recording Laboratory and at other locations around Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the United States. To date,writers from 32 countries are representedin this collection, which includes readings in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French, Náhuatl, Mayan, Zapotec, Aymara, English, and Dutch.

September 9
7:00-8:00 pm ET

National Book Festival for Educators - 20 Years in the Making

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will connect with audiences across the country for an interactive, online celebration of "American Ingenuity" for the festival's 20th year, featuring new books by more than 120 of the nation's most-renowned writers, poets and artists. During the weekend of Sept. 25-27, virtual stages will offer on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions, and options to personalize your own journey through the festival with particular themes. Educators and students will have the opportunity to engage with authors like never before. This webinar that will give you a sneak peek into the National Book Festival platform. There will be plenty of time to discuss how you can work the Festival into your instructional plans. Attendees in the live, one-hour special educator webinar are eligible to receive a certificate of participation.

August 5
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Information Literacy and Primary Sources

Information literacy involves multiple skills, including examining information sources in a variety of media; evaluating claims and evidence; identifying bias; and researching for additional information. In this interactive webinar, participants will apply these information literacy skills to historical primary sources from the Library of Congress and reflect on how these strategies may be used with their students.

July 29
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words showcases rarely seen materials that offer an intimate view of Rosa Parks and documents her life and activism—creating a rich opportunity for viewers to discover new dimensions to their understanding of this seminal figure. This webinar will provide insight into the life of Rosa Parks as well as highlight resources that can be used with students.

July 22
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Analyzing Multiple Perspectives

Library education specialists will lead an interactive session in which participants will learn and practice strategies they can use to help students examine primary sources from multiple perspectives. Among the strategies used will be "Circle of Viewpoints" from Harvard Graduate School's Project Zero program. Participants will also reflect on how these strategies may be used with their students.

July 15
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Learning to Teach All Over Again: Teachers' Reflections on Using Primary Source Analysis to Engage English Learners in Critical Democratic Discussions

Teachers of English Learners are challenged with designing instruction that simultaneously facilitates English language development and grade-level academic content mastery. However, many teachers struggle to move from policies to practices and mindsets to materials. Furthermore, many educators unintentionally enact a pedagogy of pity, lowering expectations to protect ELs from experiencing failure or struggle, a phenomenon that Pedro Noguera refers to as the "pobrecito syndrome" (2008). This session will discuss outcomes regarding changes in teachers' attitudes about ELs' abilities to succeed as well as their experience with facilitating rich democratic discussions with ELs using primary source analysis. Andrea Kolb, Center for Schools and Communities, will facilitate the session.

July 8
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Selecting Primary Sources

Thoughtfully selecting a primary source can be critical for the success of an educational activity, to ensure that students will be engaged and able to work effectively with the source. In this webinar, Library of Congress education specialists will share their criteria and processes for selecting primary sources. Participants will practice the selection process as well and reflect on how they can select appropriate and effective sources for their students.

July 1
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Turning Inquiry into Action: How to Engage Young Learners with KidCitizen

This presentation highlights KidCitizen episodes that engage young children in analyzing resources from the Library of Congress and connecting what they learn to their daily lives. KidCitizen is a freely available digital interactive designed to foster young children's inquiry with primary sources. The digital episodes facilitate a developmentally appropriate process of careful looking, historical thinking, and evidence-informed analysis that are at the center of disciplinary literacy. By slowing down the act of looking, children discover new information and construct viewpoints as primary sources are mined. This session will be facilitated by Ilene R. Berson and Michael J. Berson, University of South Florida.

June 24
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Analyzing Complex Images

In this interactive webinar, participants will learn and apply foundational strategies for analyzing primary sources that are particularly rich and complex in detail. How can we help students identify and analyze details that may otherwise go unnoticed? And how can they relate these details together to arrive at a larger understanding? Participants will also reflect on how they might use these strategies with their students.

June 17
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Pairing Primary Sources and Picture Books

A picture book that focuses on a historic event or individual can introduce students to a piece of history. Layering in primary sources allows for new engagement and understanding. This session will focus on how the pairing of primary sources and picture books can enhance the awareness of a historic event or individual, the research process taken by authors of historically based picture books, as well as the author's or illustrator's portrayal of history. Tom Bober, Missouri Association of School Librarians, will facilitate the session.

June 10
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Finding Resources on

The Library of Congress web site ( offers millions of digitized primary sources free to use with your students, along with many free teacher resources. In this webinar, we'll share tips for finding resources in the Library's vast collections by navigating and effectively using the Library's search engine. Come with your questions and let us help you find what you need!

June 3
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Reflecting on Using Primary Sources to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

Explore key moments across U.S. history at which individual advocacy and broad campaigns for civil rights enabled people with disabilities to move from the far margins of society into full citizenship. Identify points in the typical U.S. History curriculum (such as Antebellum Reforms, early 20th century Immigration, and Post WWII social movements) to infuse elements of this history. Access a wealth of primary sources, free curriculum, and communities of support. Gain practical strategies and tools to make history truly accessible for ALL learners–especially students with disabilities. This session will be facilitated by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, from Collaborative for Educational Services.

May 27
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations: Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

In this interactive webinar, participants will learn and apply foundational strategies for analyzing primary sources. How can we facilitate learning activities that help students become engaged, think critically, and construct their own understandings? It starts with making observations, reflecting on them, and asking questions. We'll practice these strategies and consider how to apply them in participants' settings.

May 20
2:00-3:00 pm ET

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

The exhibition "Shall Not Be Denied" tells the story of the largest reform movement in American history with documents, photographs and scrapbooks from a diverse group of women who changed political history 100 years ago. Many suffragists donated their personal collections to the national library so that their stories would be remembered. The exhibition is part of the national commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2019 and 2020. Manuscript Division Chief Janice Ruth and historian Elizabeth Novara describe the creation of the Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote exhibition and highlight online primary sources related to that topic. Ms. Novara will also demonstrate By the People (, a crowdsourced transcription project, to encourage teachers to use with their students. Take a look at the exhibition here: External link

May 6, 2020

Introduction to the Question Formulation Technique for Primary Source Learning

This free, one-hour interactive webinar introduces educators to the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a strategy through which individuals develop their ability to ask, work with, and use their own questions.

April 22, 2020

Scientific Literacy, Citizenship, and History: Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress Webinar

In this one hour webinar, we shared resources and strategies for educators interested in helping their students analyze Library of Congress primary sources to explore connections between scientific literacy and citizenship.

April 7, 2020

Teaching Civic Ideals through Primary Sources Webinar

A one-hour webinar demonstrating how the use of primary sources can offer students specific examples of civic principles, highlighting ways that a civic ideal has been tested, interpreted, and applied throughout American history.

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