Teaching with primary sources program


Funded by a grant from the The Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Rockford University supports Northern Illinois educators in their efforts to incorporate primary-source, inquiry-based learning to enhance the achievement of students in kindergarten through grade 12. The program is conducted through undergraduate and graduate classes leading to teacher certification at Rockford University, including student teaching.

The program also provides free in-service workshops and graduate class stipends for K-12 educators in partner school districts to expand the community of educators using primary-source, inquiry-based learning experiences. The program also identifies, encourages and supports participating university faculty who provide TPS professional development to area K-12 educators.

Teaching with Primary Sources program at Rockford University collaborates with school districts, universities, libraries, and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

For additional information, visit: loc.gov/teachers.

Rockford University and the Minnesota Historical Society are partnering to organize a two-day workshop (August 1-2, 2018) focusing on promoting culturally responsive teaching through teaching with primary sources. Please see the attached letter for information regarding stipends and more details. The workshop is supported through assistance from the Library of Congress Teaching With Primary Sources program.

Please complete and submit the application.

TPS Teachers Network

Join your colleagues on the TPS Teachers Network by registering at their website tpsteachersnetwork.org. You will be able to join TPS groups of interest, discuss strategies for teaching with primary sources, connect with colleagues and TPS partners, and share resources and teaching ideas.
Need help searching the Library of Congress/Teaching with Primary Sources sites for developing lesson plans or class projects? Contact: Matthew Hamel at mhamel@rockford.edu.


*Digital sources for images shown above: Jane Adda valign=”top”ms, profile (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ggb2004000613/), Drafts of Langston Hughes’s poem “Ballad of Booker T.,” 30 May-1 June 1941 (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mss.home), Chicago (Victor 18946, B-26733/4 ), Children sitting and kneeling on the ground and painting at Hull House (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.ndlpcoop/ichicdn.n076595), Panoramic view of Rockford, Ill. (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pan.6a19166), Hull-House community workshop Register now: Free classes in painting, sculpture, pottery, weaving, poster art (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05215).

Department Information

Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Rockford University
Howard Colman Library--Lower Level
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108


Debra Dew
Program Director

Michael Griffith
Assistant Director

Mitchell A. Dean
Program Assistant


Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.