Teaching with Primary Sources: Inspiration and Education Application

Teaching with Primary Sources: Inspiration and Education Application

July 17-18, 2012

The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University invites you to an important workshop on July 17-18, 2012. The workshop is being offered in cooperation with the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region Program. TPS provides professional development for K-20 educators on integrating the rich reservoir of digital primary resources from the Library of Congress to enrich instruction in any curricular area through 21st century learning skills and inquiry-based learning. This workshop will include opportunities to tap North Dakota primary sources, in addition to those of the Library of Congress.

Grant funding provided by TPS Western Region will cover the following expenses:

  • Lodging
  • Mileage
  • Lunch, coffee and refreshments

For further information or to register,  contact Kyle Scammon, Volunteer and Office Coordinator at the Theodore Roosevelt Center, by email or 701-483-2814

Workshop Flyer (PDF)


One graduate workshop credit is available. Cost: $60. Register when you arrive.

Peggy O'Neill-Jones, Ed. D., is a professor of technical communication and media production and served as department chair for nearly ten years at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Currently, Peggy is the regional director of Metro's Library of Congress Western Region Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program.

Cynthia Stout, Ph. D., spent thirty years with the Jeffco Public Schools in Golden, Colorado, primarily teaching history and social studies at the secondary level. She also wrote curriculum and assessments and worked in professional development for K-12 teachers during her tenure there. Now retired, she is involved as an independent historian and curriculum consultant in a number of Teaching American History grants and other projects throughout the nation.

Workshop Goals

  • Learn what primary sources are and understand their value in teaching in any curricular area.
  • Gain a foundational understanding of best practices for teaching with primary sources, guiding learners to use contextual thinking.
  • Locate resources from the Library of Congress and from North Dakota repositories that support specific curriculum, projects and activities.
  • Create inquiry-based learning experiences that integrate primary sources.
  • Tap into a network of TPS leaders who serve as champions to further the integration of primary source-based instruction.