Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region @ Metropolitan State University of Denver

Teacher Librarian Day(s)

Teacher Librarian Day 2024: Looking back to move forward

This year we invite you to the historic Tivoli Turnhalle in Denver or the Museum of the West in Grand Junction for a transformative day-long conference, TLD 2024: Looking Back to Move Forward, dedicated to the innovative use of primary sources in education.

Hosted by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region in collaboration with MSU Denver School of Education, is tailored for educators who are passionate about inquiry, critical thinking, and bringing primary sources to life in their classrooms. Connect with fellow educators, share ideas, and gain inspiration for the future.

As we delve into the rich tapestry of our past, “Looking Back to Move Forward” offers a unique opportunity for educators to explore the power of primary sources. This event will feature a diverse lineup of speakers from various educational backgrounds, each providing their unique insights on how to engage and inspire students through historical documents, artifacts, narratives, maps, audio files and other types of primary sources.

Whether you’re a seasoned educator or just starting your career, this event offers something for everyone.

Mark your calendars and join us on Teacher Librarian Day 2024 as we look back to move forward and make a positive impact on education.

This year’s speakers

Dr. Rashad Anderson serves in dual roles as both a Director & Associate Professor in the esteemed School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver and as the National Expansion Coordinator for the highly acclaimed Call Me MiSTER Teacher Leadership Program, which focuses on recruiting, cultivating, and retaining African American male educators.
Astrophysicist/author Jeffrey Bennett has devoted his career to math and science education. He has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school, including more than 50 college classes in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and education.

Matthew S. Makley, PhD, is a professor, and chair of the History Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has authored two books. His recent, The Small Shall be Strong: A History of Lake Tahoe’s Washoe Indians (2018), was recognized by the American Library Association as “Outstanding Academic Title.”

Matthew Pedregón is a partner in the department of Equity, Culture, and Community Engagement at Cherry Creek Schools. He believes in the power of storytelling as a way to build a more nuanced and empathetic understanding of others whose experiences differ from our own.

In addition to the speakers above, we welcome a group of three phenomenal teachers experienced in using primary sources effectively in their classrooms: Keith Jones, Catherine Fuller, and Kelly Jones-Wagy. They will share purposeful strategies, engaging primary sources, and proven ways to using primary sources with students.

Highlights of the Event Include:

  • Keynote Speeches: Hear from a wide variety of educators as they share their expertise on the utilization of primary sources to create a dynamic learning environment.
  • Interactive Workshops: Participate in hands-on sessions that will equip you with practical strategies and creative approaches to incorporate primary sources into your teaching methodology.
  • MSU Denver School of Education Insight: Benefit from the expertise and innovative approaches developed by the MSU Denver School of Education’s dedicated faculty.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow educators and professionals who share your commitment to enriching classroom experiences.
  • Live Streaming to Museum of the West: For those in the Grand Junction area, experience the event in real-time at the Museum of the West, where the essence of the day will be broadcast live.
  • Resource Sharing: Gain access to a wealth of resources from the Library of Congress that can be readily implemented into your curriculum.

Whether you’re in Denver or joining us via live stream from Grand Junction, prepare to be inspired and to leave with a renewed sense of purpose and a toolkit brimming with ideas.

The registration is the same for both locations. You will indicate the location you would like to attend when signing up. If the fee is a barrier for attendance, please reach out for a waiver.

Parking will be covered for all attendees.

Substitute reimbursement will be available to the first 100 teachers who sign up.

.5 graduate credit through Adams State University will be available to those who attend the event as well as complete a short reflection about your learning.

We look forward to welcoming you to TLD 2024: Looking Back to Move Forward.

Previous Teacher Librarian Day(s) Resources and Recordings

  • TLD 2023: Critical Conversations
    • Our theme, Critical Conversations, is meant to be an attempt at tackling one of the most prevalent questions in society today: How do we live and love together in a society with differing perspectives, beliefs, and biases? There is no easy answer, but it takes critical conversations in order to make progress towards understanding. Join us and help each other take on topics deeply important to today’s educators. Using the vast collections of primary sources at the Library of Congress as well as local historical collections, discover the stories of peoples from diverse locations, circumstances, and walks of life.

  • TLD 2022: Creating a Learning Oasis – Shared Resource List
    • 2021 brought challenges unlike any other. 2022’s TLD will help you create a learning oasis in the classroom. Throughout the week, participants reimagined, reinvigorated, and re-energized their teaching practices through flexible inquiry and engaging primary source strategies.
  • TLD 2021: New Directions – Shared Resource List
    • Though we were distant, we still remained connected. We were separate and, yet, learning together in a shared experience. Creativity, compassion, and dedication helped illuminate the path for generations of young people. Our theme for Teacher Librarian Day(s) (TLD) 2021 was New Directions, meant to honor the herculean efforts of teachers throughout the 2020 pandemic, highlight the importance of purposeful pedagogy, and reflect on not only 2020, but also on our overall place in history.


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