Teaching with Primary Sources

“Weaving the Common Core and Indian Education  

through Teaching Primary Sources Documents”  

Sponsored by the Library of Congress

and Western Montana CSPD

Project Information:  WM-CSPD is looking for middle and high school teachers to  participate in a blended learning environment (face to face and online) focusing on investigating and learning to use the resources available at the Library of Congress.  A particular focus of this grant will be to identify and align these resources with the Montana Common Core standards and the Montana state mandate of Indian Education for all.  Participants will create and implement lesson plans and/ or other activities using Primary Source documents from the Library of Congress for use in their classrooms.

Course Details- January through May 2013  
  • Location:
    • First Session January 17 in Kalispell or Jan 18 in Missoula ( your closest city)
    • March 8 & May 17 Salish Kootenai College, Pablo (transportation to Pablo provided)
  • Number of Seats Available:   40 from the region
  • Targeted subjects: English/ Language Arts or Social Studies, and Library Media Specialists
  • Grade levels:  Middle & High School Educators (teams that include a Library Media Specialist will be given preference)
  • Schools: Schools in Region 5 counties of Ravalli, Missoula, Mineral, Lake, Flathead, Sanders, or Lincoln
Project Objectives:   
Teachers become familiar with the breadth and organization of the Library of Congress' digital primary sources, understand their value in instruction and create basic inquiry-based learning experiences.
  • Learn what primary sources are and understand their value in teaching
  • Review the Montana Common Core standards (including those reflecting IEFA)  for their grade level and content area and identify where primary sources documents could be used.
  • Learn how to locate and navigate the Library of Congress Web site
  • Learn how to access, save and present primary sources from the Library of Congress' Web site
  • Gain a foundational understanding of effective instructional practices for teaching with primary sources
  • Create instructionally sound learning experiences that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress

Credit:  Participants will have the opportunity to earn OPI renewal credits or 2 semester University credits (pending; participants are responsible for
$135 recording fee)

Stipend:  Participants who complete the entire project will receive a $150 stipend.

Participant responsibilities:
  • Attend Three face-to-face sessions
    • First Session : January 17 in Kalispell or Jan 18 in Missoula (specific dates will be added to this page when confirmed) This session goal is to gain overview of TPS. ( Trainers in both sites from LOC Western Region/Denver)
    • Second Session: March 8 in Pablo  (with guest presenter-Julie Cajune, OPI,  and LOC representatives) Kalispell and Missoula area participants gather together for this day.
    • Third Session- May 17 at Salish Community College in Pablo- culminating experience where participants will share what you have learned. Kalispell and Missoula area participants gather together for this day.
  • Participate in online synchronous and asynchronous sessions to introduce additional resources
  • Be willing to share information about the project in their school/district.
  • May be asked to share what they have learned at future conferences such as Montana Educators Association conference, WM-CSPD August Institute or other such opportunities.

District  Responsibilities

  • School districts are responsible for providing release time and substitute pay  for participants for the 3 face-to-face sessions. In applying for this class, please have your principal send a letter of confirmation or email (see below)  regarding commitment to provide release time to participate for your school teams
  • Provide a laptop for use during the course workshop dates.

WM-CSPD Responsibilities
  • Coordinate face-to-face(18 hours)  and online learning opportunities(approximately 12 hours)
  • Provide transportation to  Missoula departure point or  to Kalispell departure point to Pablo (bus) for Session 2 and 3, if participants live more than 50 miles from Missoula or Kalispell.
  • Provide facilities and lunch for Face-to-Face training days.

Application Procedures –  
  • Participants should review this document and get approval from their supervisor.
  • Participants should complete the following application: TPS Participant Application Form
  • Supervisor should send an email to admin@wmcspd.org regarding his/her commitment to provide release time for this project.

Deadline for Applications: December 3, 2012