Ronald Harris of Valley Academy in Granada Hills, Janet Payne of Sycamore Elementary in Simi Valley and Randi Seligson of Hale Charter Academy in Woodland Hills will spend five days working with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.
Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C. Educators attending the teacher institutes develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and share with colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical-thinking skills, and gain knowledge. All educators can access classroom materials, teaching tools and strategies for teaching with primary sources from the Library’s site for teachers at www.loc.gov/teachers/.