[library-media] FW: Library of Congress Email Update for Teachers

Rick Cline rcline at media.utah.edu
Wed Jan 21 12:06:39 MST 2009

Thought I would pass along this opportunity...see below.


-          Rick



From: Library of Congress [mailto:loc at service.govdelivery.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 6:06 AM
To: Victoria Rasmussen
Subject: Library of Congress Email Update for Teachers Update


Announcement of 2009 Spring Break and Summer Teacher Institutes 

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its 2009
Spring Break and Summer Teacher Institutes in Washington, D.C. The
institutes will provide educators with the opportunity to work with the
staff and facilities of the Library to discover primary sources on
specific topics, and to explore ways to effectively integrate those
sources into classroom teaching. 

Participants in the Library's Teacher Institutes will: 

*        Discover Library of Congress primary source materials 

*        Develop strategies for using primary source digital content in

*        Engage in inquiry learning in hands-on workshops 

*        Learn from Library of Congress subject matter experts and
education specialists 

*        Network with other teachers from across the country to share
ideas and experiences 

*        Leave with a plan for creating a primary source-based lesson or
activity to be used with their students. 

NEW: Spring Break Institutes 

This year the Library will host two institutes in Spring 2009. Both will
focus on Abraham Lincoln. 

Session 1 March 3-5 

Session 2 April 6-8 

As the nation celebrates the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, take the
opportunity to learn more about him and about the primary sources
available at the Library. Participants will have the opportunity to view
a Library exhibition that documents Lincoln's life and explore Lincoln's
life through the use of photographs, maps, and documents. Participants
will also have the opportunity to create inquiry-based instructional
activities using resources from the Library of Congress Web site. 

Please Note: For Session 1 only, during the second day participants will
attend an all-day Lincoln symposium featuring William Lee Miller, James
M. McPherson, Douglass L. Wilson, Lucas Morel, Lincoln and Harold Holzer
and Elizabeth D. Leonard. 

Summer Institute Sessions 

Session 1 July 7-10      Advanced Session: Using Library Resources to
Create Lessons 

Teachers who have attended the Library's previous summer institutes, or
who have served as American Memory Fellows, now have the opportunity to
build on their skills with this advanced institute. Participants will
work closely with Library specialists to improve their skills in
searching the Library's Web site, to learn more about using collections
at the Library, and to develop inquiry based primary source teaching
materials for use in their own classrooms. In addition to attending
training sessions with Library specialists, participants will undertake
intensive individual research in the Library's collections to discover
primary source documents that support their teaching goals. By the
conclusion of the institute, each participant will have created the
initial stages of a lesson plan or other primary source-based learning
experience that they can take with them and integrate into their
teaching. For previous summer institute participants or American Memory
Fellows only. 

Session 2 July 15-17    Women's History 

This institute will examine documents that trace the diverse and complex
roles played by women throughout the history of the United States.
Participants will meet with women's history specialists at the Library
and examine original historical materials from the Library's
collections. Library staff will also guide participants in finding and
using materials related to women's history on the Library of Congress
Web site, as well as exploring different ways to integrate those
materials into the classroom. 

Session 3 July 29-31   Going Global: Locating International Resources at
the Library of Congress 

Interested in incorporating primary sources into world history classroom
activities? Unsure where to find resources that you can use? This
session will introduce participants to the international resources that
can be found at the Library. Participants will have the opportunity to
visit some of the international studies reading rooms, work with the
specialists from those reading rooms, and create inquiry-based
activities using primary sources from the online collections. 

Session 4 August 5-7   Incorporating Primary Sources into the Teaching

This institute will help teachers take advantage of the instructional
power of primary sources. Though many teachers are familiar with the
importance of primary sources, they are not sure how to use them in the
classroom, how to develop inquiry-based lessons, or how to help students
use them in projects. In this workshop, Library of Congress specialists
will introduce participants to the unique characteristics of primary
sources, while helping explore some of the millions of digitized primary
sources available on the Library's Web site. Participants will look at
ways to introduce students to primary sources and how to incorporate
them in inquiry based classroom activities. 

The Summer Teacher Institutes are open to all grade 4-12 educators,
including teachers, librarians and media specialists, and technology
coordinators in public, public charter, private, or religiously
affiliated schools, as well as home-schooling parents. Those college
professors working with pre-service teachers are also welcome to apply.
Content is geared to professionals working with students from upper
elementary to high school. 

No college or professional development credits are provided for those
participating in the Teacher Institutes. 

Participants may only attend one session and must have experience using
the Internet for research. It is also strongly recommend that
participants have some experience using PowerPoint or other presentation
software.  The number of participants for each session is limited to 20.
There is no charge for the institute or materials. 

Participants will be responsible for transportation to and lodging in
Washington, D.C. 

The deadline to apply for the Spring Break Teacher Institutes is
February 6, 2009 

The deadline to apply for the Summer Teacher Institutes is March 13,

Please visit our Web site to apply: 


Please send any questions about the Teacher Institutes to
summerinstitute at loc.gov 



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