New York Projects
Designed for educators within Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer counties in New York State, Enhancing Student Engagement brings together cooperative teams of social studies educators and K-12 school librarians, each bringing unique experiences and knowledge. These school-based cooperative teams develop teacher resources that support the effective application of primary sources with inquiry practices outlined in the newly adopted NYS Framework, aligned with the C3 Framework. Once the resources are developed, teams apply them within their own classrooms to gain insight into the process and the student learning as they simultaneously develop pedagogical skills. Further, participants are empowered to lead the transition to primary source based inquiry learning throughout their schools as they turnkey their training to peers and serve as on site resource persons. The work of the Enhancing Student Engagement project creates a common understanding around the importance of inquiry-based learning and its role in enhancing student engagement and achievement.
The D'Youville College History Hunters Program is a Buffalo, NY college-school district collaboration that engages 6th-8th grade teachers and their students in academically rigorous inquiry into history, emphasizing the use of primary sources from loc.gov. The goal of the History Hunters Program is to make history fun while improving academic literacy in social studies for urban students as they prepare for National History Day. Project elements include a TPS-focused teacher institute, regular in-school coaching events for teachers, weekly classroom-based mentorship for 6th-8th graders by pre-service teacher candidates, professional development sessions for teachers and students at the Buffalo History Museum, graduate course integration of TPS strategies, and support for materials related to National History Day projects.
Instructional Change Through Inquiry and Primary Source Content Wellsville Central School, in conjunction with Cattaraugus-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services, is conducting a Primary Sources Curriculum Alignment project during the 2016-2017 school year. This project strives to integrate primary sources into social studies lesson plans while aligning instruction with the new C3 Framework for Social Studies adopted by New York State. The work continues in subsequent years as a partnership between Wellsville CSD and CABOCES.
The overriding goal of the "Primary Sources and the C3 Social Studies Inquiries" project is to establish across the CiTi region a foundation for the integration of materials from the Library of Congress into curricula that support implementation of the K-12 New York State Social Studies Framework and Common Core learning standards. Three of the objectives are to:
• Increase participants' awareness of the Library of Congress primary sources as well as the other teacher resources at the Library and their use in implementing curricula to meet the New York State Social Studies Framework and the Common Core Learning Standards.
The Warwick TPS Partnership is a collaborative effort among the Warwick Valley Central School District, the Warwick Historical Society and the Albert Wisner Public Library. The three organizations have long-time connections sharing community primary sources, particularly in the local 12-property Historical District. The teacher workshops and follow-up consulting sessions provide sustained training for teachers on integrating TPS into the classroom and familiarizing them with Library of Congress primary sources. One unique goal of the partnership is to link local historical figures, sites, artifacts and other local primary sources to each topic so students can understand the connections of state, national or global issues to their own community.
History Then and Now with Social Studies Compelling Questions allows teachers, librarians, and other education professionals to connect TPS Primary Source Sets with the Social Studies Common Core Compelling Questions. The Capital Region BOCES team has compiled a list of the questions coinciding with the sets that enhance and enrich the content of the lessons being taught in today's classroom. These educators work with students to make sure they are comprehending content, gaining knowledge, and developing the inquiry skills they need to be lifelong learners.
TPS Writing Project at Medgar Evers College delivers professional development for teachers and parents of high needs, urban students in New York City Public Schools with a primary focus on central Brooklyn. Teaching with Primary Sources materials are used to improve participants' understanding of writing instruction. Given the increased focus on writing instruction, disciplinary literacy, and informational texts in the Common Core State Standards, the project provides a model for writing instruction in K-12 teachers that targets these requirements. A cohort of 15-20 teachers and on-site coaches participate. A workshop model is used to facilitate learning and application of strategies and inquiry models introduced through presentations and small group investigation. Through this experience participants engage in authentic writing opportunities to further develop themselves as writers and simultaneously explore effective ways to teach writing.
Inquiry Approach to Project-Based Learning, through OCM BOCES School Library System in cooperation with the TPS grant program, brings together librarians, teachers, and pre-service librarians to create project-based learning (PBL) teams that collaborate to implement PBL throughout the OCM BOCES component school districts. We celebrate, recognize, and desire to build on the collaborative efforts of teachers and librarians as they create engaging projects and then facilitate the learning process as students dive into PBL through an inquiry approach to create new knowledge and take informed action.
The Jefferson-Lewis School Library System TPS program Of Primary Importance: Inquiry-Based Learning brings together librarians and content-area teacher teams beginning during the 2014-15 school year to create a regional inquiry-based research process. The teams create authentic inquiry units using Library of Congress primary source documents and then pilot the lessons in their districts. The teams also become Research Ambassadors and turn-key train other librarians and teachers in their districts to ensure that the inquiry process is utilized throughout the region. Jefferson Community College is a participating partner in the grant and works with the Research Ambassadors to bridge the gap between high school and post-secondary education by ensuring that the students have the inquiry skills they will need to be college and career ready.
(Formerly BISSNET) Creating Inquiry Projects with Primary Resources and iPads engages teachers, librarians, and students from BISSNET schools, as well as pre-service teachers from SUNY at Buffalo, in utilizing primary sources from the Library of Congress website and actual artifacts located in the University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery to create inquiry-based learning activities with various technologies including Apple iPads. Teachers and librarians take part in a three-day workshop series that introduces them to various primary sources and inquiry learning practices in order to help them create their own inquiry activities to use in their classrooms. The projects are implemented throughout the year with students who present their projects at an end of year event.
In addition, teachers and librarians utilize the TPS Teachers Network to track progress, communicate, and collaborate with others in order to help accomplish the overall goal of the project, which is to increase student achievement through inquiry-based learning.
History Unbound is a pilot project that facilitates teachers' ability to locate, review, and provide primary materials for building quality-teaching plans by identifying and using metadata to create document sets that conform to the New York State Common Core standards and enhance student and teacher preparation for the NYS Regents Examinations.
History Unbound provides teachers and students with a clean, easy-to-use basic interface that facilitates discovery and access to primary materials. As the number of SCRLC collections increase in NYH, History Unbound is growing into a regional catalog of collections: a one stop shop for primary materials and relevant teaching resources, such as links to US or NYS Census, with a long term goal to include selected primary materials found in the other participating NY 3Rs councils.
Primary Source Documents: Enhancing the Common Core Curriculum Across the Disciplines - provides social studies teachers, librarians, special area teachers, and other educational professionals the opportunity to feature primary source documents as an integral part of their curriculum and a vital tool in addressing the Common Core State Standards. Four mini-teams collaboratively design, develop, and teach interdisciplinary units of instruction through the use of primary source documents. Students utilize higher level thinking skills to develop an appreciation for the past and the interconnectedness of society by examining documents and applying strategies to understand cause and effect in history.
Project Look Sharp, a media literacy program of Ithaca College integrates Library of Congress and Teaching with Primary Sources materials and links to our free online collection of over 175 lesson plans that integrate media literacy and critical thinking throughout the curriculum. This includes a web-element on our site that will link many of Project Look Sharp's 1600+ media documents to specific Library/TPS documents and resources.
In addition, Project Look Sharp works with nine New York State BOCES to host full-day workshops across Central New York training educators in inquiry-based media decoding and lesson development. This work links Library/TPS resources to the development of teacher-created, document-based lessons that integrate 21st century literacy into American History as called for in the new Common Core Standards.
Science Literacy and Society is a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) based program linking both local and natural history to topics in the sciences. The sessions incorporate Library of Congress resources connecting local themes and events to national trends and scientific discoveries and literature delivered through a dinner series held at the Robert H. Jackson Center, JCC's Science Center and the Challenger Learning Center at St. Bonaventure University. New York State is currently implementing Common Core Standards that unite the disciplines through common themes; these events and resources assist educators in addressing this shift in instruction and provide educators with material to use in the classroom. The sessions are open to science, ELA, and social studies teachers.
The thematic sessions address general misconceptions in the sciences and encourage and develop cooperation and discussion between social studies, English Language Arts, and math/science educators. Each session begins with an introduction to the Library of Congress' digital primary sources and professional development resources such as TPS Direct. A topic-specific talk by an expert in the field provides the context and important scientific content. Finally, specific resources are presented linking the event's subject matter to the Library's online resources.
Literacy and the Common Core Learning Standards Using Primary Sources engages teams of administrators and teachers of English Language Arts and Social Studies from the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Schools, grades four through eight. In collaboration with Canisius College and WNED/PBS programming, the project provides professional development and hands-on experiences to enhance the participants' knowledge of the Library of Congress website and incorporate into the classroom the use of primary sources, inquiry-based learning, and the Common Core learning standards. Program design includes professional development, classroom strategies, literacy coaching (modeling, supporting, observing), peer coaching, and assessment.
The WSTCSS encompasses educators, citizens, and institutions that promote and sustain effective teaching, collaboration and civic responsibility in the social studies, and collegiality and networking among council members. The TPS Eastern Region is providing material support to Paul Benson to conduct a presentation at the WSTCSS annual conference, April 27, 2012. "Library of Congress Online: 21st Century Access to America's Past" introduces participants to the vast array of digitized primary sources available at the Library of Congress website and provides a variety of educational resources and activities ready for classroom implementation.
Visual Sources: Using Library of Congress Archives in the Classroom, is a week-long, forty-hour professional development program designed to help in-service teachers consider and practice using digital primary source documents as teaching resources. Through guided readings, class discussions, and group work, participants consider how the Library of Congress digital sources can help make history come alive. By the end of the program, participants have critically investigated how historians construct works of narrative history, how source document investigation preserves or challenges dominant social themes, and how these and other digital resources can be leveraged to make the social studies a more relevant school subject for their students. Teachers in this course integrate sources from the digital collections of the Library of Congress into curriculum currently in-use in their own schools. Ready-to-teach lesson ideas and unit plans are designed by participants using newly-developed skills and newly-discovered resources.
Using Primary Sources to Teach the Hudson Valley introduces K-12 educators to primary sources available in Library of Congress collections, such as American Memory, and regional collections such as SENYLRC's Hudson River Valley Heritage. In a series of workshops, participants deepen their knowledge of proper use and citation and learn about tools and strategies for integrating primary sources into student-centered, experiential learning aligned with New York State standards.
The Ignite the Common Core with Library of Congress Primary Resource Documents project engages teams of pre-service and practicing school librarians, social studies, and art and music teachers in professional development related to primary sources from the Library of Congress and local resources, the Common Core Learning Standards, and inquiry based instruction. Other goals include increasing sustainable collaboration among school librarians and classroom teachers and fostering pre-service educator awareness of the value of collaboration with school librarian.
Teams produce and share integrated lesson plans and provide turnkey training in their schools, at the Madison-Oneida BOCES for all of our component districts (and by the pre-service team members at local universities). Primary resource information is also shared through printed materials, webpages, a Moodle learning management system, and at presentations at professional conferences.
From Civil War to Civil Rights: Documenting an American Dialogue on Humanity, Equality and Justice the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) is collaborating with local and national partners to bring about an online exhibit and teaching guide focused on the Albion Winegar Tourgee Papers, located at the Research Library of the McClurg Museum in Westfield, New York. Through the efforts and resources of WNYLRC, the Library of Congress, Canisius College, and Medialle College, this two-year project provides teachers with rich and powerful teaching tools to facilitate inquiry-based learning in middle and secondary classrooms.
Participants in the Using the Library of Congress' Digital Primary Sources to Engage & Motivate Student Learning project participate in a graduate level course. They become familiar with the breadth and organization of the Library of Congress' digital primary sources, understand their value in instruction, explore the relevance of and strategies for developing inquiry-based learning, and create basic inquiry-based learning experiences. Integrating digitized primary sources into lessons is stimulating for teachers, educationally sound for students, and supports local and state education goals. By clustering interpretive and analytical activities around these records and documents, teachers do not add more to an already full curriculum, but instead, enhance what already exists.
In Teaching with Still and Moving Images: Using Images as Primary Sources in the History Classroom, up to 30 high school teachers attend a summer seminar in which they develop curricula utilizing the Library of Congress and the Museum of the Moving Image primary sources to teach about the 2012 Congressional and Presidential elections. The seminar focuses on two main areas: (1) how to integrate still and moving images as primary sources into the teaching and learning of American history, and (2) how media can function as tools of political communication.
Posters as History Project encompasses strong social, political, and moral messages and perspectives. Posters are an ideal instructional medium that incorporate bold artwork. However, posters are relatively rare as objects of study in social studies or art classrooms. This project focuses on developing multiple perspectives in teaching and learning with historical posters drawn from both the Library of Congress collections on WWI, WWII, and the WPA and a cache of Vietnam War era posters discovered in the college museum.
The Posters as History Project is implemented in four phases, beginning with a train-the-trainer workshop focused on the interpretation of historical posters from different complementary perspectives. Trainer-teachers incorporates this knowledge and skill set into the courses they teach for pre-service secondary teachers, who then learn how to interpret and teach with poster art. Townsend Harris High School students, led by these student-teachers in their social studies classes, have the rare opportunity to curate an undeveloped set of posters from the Vietnam War era in the collection of the Godwin-Ternbach Art Museum at Queens College.
From these shared experiences, a teaching-with-posters program has emerged, ready for on-line and CD dissemination, accompanied by a guide for teachers and students. Demonstration workshops using both Library of Congress and Godwin-Ternbach Museum (QC) collections are conducted in other secondary schools throughout Queens.
Using the Library of Congress to Support the Study of History through Critical Thinking K-12 is a program dedicated to the collaboration among Library Media Specialists, Social Studies, and English Language Arts instructors. This inquiry-based initiative is focused upon research of local history and the incorporation of Library of Congress sources in the classroom. The project began within a well-networked consortium of school districts and teachers. We are conducting a monthly "History Dinner Club" consisting of six historians presenting lectures on the local aspects of immigration, manufacturing, Native American issues, women's suffrage, western expansion, and the Underground Railroad. Local TPS staff joins these historians to link their content to Library of Congress resources.
In addition, twenty curriculum development mini-grants are provided for teacher projects utilizing inquiry based methodologies supported by our Library Media Specialists. The projects develops new skills connecting regional historical events and materials to national topics and issues represented in the Library of Congress collection. Projects are posted upon completion on the Jamestown Wiki Space and are distributed through our affiliates who permanently house and promote these models through their websites, educational events and newsletters.
Teaching with Primary Sources: A U.S. History Professional Development Collaboration designs, implements, and evaluates a variety of robust, standards-based professional development activities for teachers, librarians, and M.A.T. students in Social Studies under the umbrella of the Teaching with Primary Sources program of the Library of Congress.
The project increases pre-service and in-service teachers' capacity to utilize and implement primary source instruction in the elementary classroom. The project involves a collaborative instructional effort between a team of Education and History faculty members at Canisius College and two Library of Congress Fellows that teach at Nichols School who work with pre-service teacher candidates enrolled in the Childhood Program and in-service teachers enrolled in the Advanced Master's Differentiated Instruction Program. Both pre-service teacher candidates and in-service teachers incorporate primary source instruction for either their required field experience or in their own elementary classrooms.
The Teaching with Primary Sources at Medaille College School of Education serveing Western New York developed a CD that demonstrates how to use the Library of Congress digital primary sources within K-12 classrooms consistent with New York Standards to assist the teachers in providing hands-on, constructivist, inquiry-based lessons across the curriculum in K-6 and in Social Studies 7-12. The College is working with local school districts and their partnership schools to demonstrate the methodology and to give teachers access to the materials. Medaille College is also embedding this unit in each of its graduate and undergraduate programs. Each participant in the training sessions and classrooms leaves with a copy of the CD and additional coaching is available through the College. These same training and materials are being made available to other area teacher training preparatory colleges and universities. Rochester BSED Undergraduate Evening Program, Sample Assignments using Teaching with Primary Sources
Connecting Classrooms to Primary Sources through National History Day is a professional development project disseminated through the School Library Systems, Teacher's Centers, targeted listservs, and New York State History Day's (NYSHD) extensive statewide network of teachers. NYSHD has resources available on this network through the use of our mailing list of 500+ teachers and our Facebook page.
Long term dissemination of project results could include: NYS School Library Media Specialist's Annual conference, N.E. Regional Social Studies Conference and The New York State Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, and The October Conference for Teachers, held in Cooperstown, New York.
Contact: Mike Wallace
Gotham Scholars and Teacher Leaders: Teaching NYC History with Primary Sources, Scholarship and Historical Thinking Skills
Participants include middle and high school teachers who teach Social Studies and American History in New York City public schools. Teachers design, field-test, and evaluate lessons using Library of Congress primary sources and share their own experiences with the wider educational community. Each cohort of teachers, working at schools throughout the city, disseminates TPS strategies and history content to additional teachers in all five boroughs.
Remember Me to Herald Square: Gotham Center project uses in person, on-line training of TPS materials. We use the Library of Congress American Memory and Photograph Collection. Specifically, we use maps from the Map Collection: Cities and Towns, U.S., NY State, and Manhattan collection, as well as the photograph collection which includes images ranging from a 1914 photograph of the northwest corner and Fifth Avenue and 34th Street to a 1959 photograph of 34th Street by the esteemed photographer Andre Kertesz.
City Lore's Understanding Muslim Cultures project is part of a larger initiative to shift the perception of Muslim cultures as monolithic and to foster an appreciation and understanding of the oral and literary poetries and visual arts of the book from diverse traditions in the Islamic world. The project goals and strategies are: 1) to enhance teachers' understanding of and capacity to teach about the primacy of poetry, the written word, and the arts of the book in Muslim cultures throughout the world, 2) to provide professional development for teachers on exploring Muslim cultures and book arts through analysis and interpretation of primary source materials from the collections of the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other local collections, 3) to work intensively with teachers, their students, and visual arts specialists to design and co-teach with teaching artist Haifa Bint-Kadi a multi-session unit of study that integrates primary sources in Muslim book arts into the 6th grade world history curriculum, and 4) to work with teachers to design lessons that integrate the analysis of primary source materials.
Heartland Passage: Utilizing Primary Documents to Teach the Erie Canal is an initiative designed to encourage teachers to draw on the primary resources of the Library of Congress, as well as local resources at the New-York Historical Society, the Erie Canal Museum, and other museums and archives. Funding will enable City Lore to develop lesson plans on using primary documents based on this summer's "Teaching the Erie Canal in American History Institute" on July 8-11, prior to the start of the grant period. The curriculum materials developed with this grant are utilized, and workshops on using primary documents workshops are held at a number of subsequent professional development programs: two "Landmarks in American History" Erie Canal institutes (with 40 teachers each) proposed for the summer of 2009 (we are confident that we will receive the funding), the New York City Department of Education's "Leadership in American History" Teaching American History programs taking place in the fall of '08 and throughout '09 for 40 teachers, and the NYC District 28 professional development program, "American Citizen," in both in the winter of '08 and the spring of '09 for 30 teachers.
All told, the materials and the primary document workshops are developed with and for the 150 teachers who attend the workshops, and many more will use the materials on City Lore's Website.
Bringing Primary Sources to Life in a K-12 Library is a project through the Delaware Chenango Madison Otsego (DCMO) Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) which serves over 15,000 public and 500 private school students from 16 public and 2 private school districts. The targeted audience for the primary sources grant is comprised of the 42+ school library media specialists, or teacher/librarians currently working in their component districts.
Additionally, adjoining BOCES' (BT and ONC) librarians are invited to participate in training. Coordinated offerings were also offered through the Teacher's Center affiliated with the State University of New York, College of Oneonta . The Teacher's Center offers professional development to component district's teachers and to students in teacher training programs.
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