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Teaching with Primary Sources

The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the University of California, Davis is funded by a grant from the Library of Congress to the California History-Social Science Project. Our programs helps K-12 teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills, and deepen their understanding of the past.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to its magnificent collections that record American history and creativity - and universal human knowledge more broadly - in almost all formats and in hundreds of languages.

The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to: build awareness of the Library's educational initiatives; provide content  that promotes the effective educational use of the Library's resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library's educational resources.  The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K-12 educational community across the United States.  The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library's digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.  Learn more about the Library's TPS program and other resources available to teachers at www.loc.gov/teachers.

Using the digital collection of primary sources from the Library of Congress as the basis of a series of presentations, the CHSSP offers a customized course of study for K-12 educators designed to enrich classroom instruction through the expanded use of primary sources, improved student understanding of the process of historical investigation, and enhanced student reading comprehension and writing ability.  TPS-UC Davis professional development is free of charge throughout California.

    Learn more about the Library’s national TPS program and other resources available to teachers at www.loc.gov/teachers.

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