The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources.
Learn more about the Library’s TPS program and other resources available to teachers at loc.gov/teachers.
The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K-12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.
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About the TPS Teachers Network
The TPS (Teaching with Primary Sources) Teachers Network is a professional social media platform designed to host and facilitate community conversations, connections, and collaborations that focus on using Library of Congress primary sources to improve student learning. Network tools support the development and dissemination of effective strategies and resources for teaching with primary sources in K-12 settings. More than a mere content repository, the TPS Teachers Network derives its strength from the fostering of professional relationships among users with similar professional interests. Register for the TPS Teachers Network here.
Primary sources used on this website:
- Denver, Colorado
- Waynesburg college. Waynesburg. Pa.
- Illinois State Normal University
- “Teacher, I know!”
- [Group reading newspapers with news of death of Woodrow Wilson]
- Johnson & Johnson, Research Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Organic laboratory
- Looping the loop, Atlantic City
- The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.