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        Welcome to the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources at Southeastern. Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress the TPS program at Southeastern was established in 2008. The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources 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.

At Southeastern Louisiana University we applaud and celebrate our undergraduate teacher preparation program. This program embraces the notion of preparing teacher candidates to have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to use the Library of Congress -Teaching with Primary Sources, as an excellent source of methods and materials in planning and teaching. There are extensive resources for pre-service and in-service teachers, designed by teachers, located on the Teacher's Page. All of these innovative and effective teaching and learning tools are free for teachers to use with K-12 learners in their classrooms.

As an Educational TPS Consortium, TPS at Southeastern works closely with faculty to prepare our teacher candidates to be effective educators in grades K-12. As our university students progress through their curricula, they are introduced to teaching with primary sources, as well as participate in Level I professional learning opportunities. Members of Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Educational Consortium assist in the design of the TPS program and offer TPS professional development on a ongoing basis, year round. Visit www.loc.gov/teachers/tps to view a list of current Consortium members and their respective states.

These opportunities include learning what primary sources are, where we find them, and how and why we use them. Various undergraduate courses require teacher candidates to incorporate primary sources into their lesson plans.

The new common core standards promote teaching with primary sources. Children are required to be both critical and analytical thinkers as they read and examine primary sources. The Library provides analysis tools where students are able to observe, reflect and question. This analysis process involves reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as collaborating, critical thinking, and creativity. With the addition of primary source materials, such as historical newspapers, documents, oral and written interviews, maps, music, artifacts and other digital collections, students can be taught to apply 21st Century Learning Skills .

Teaching with Primary Sources at Southeastern invites you to learn more about integrating primary sources into your own curriculum. Explore our website for upcoming workshops, teacher tools , lesson plans, primary source sets and other TPS materials. If we can be of assistance, please call on us!

Southeastern TPS Teacher Leader

Denise Tullier-Holly has been featured in the Fall 2011 national newsletter, Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly, Library of Congress Teacher Spotlight. Denise teaches children in grades K-8, art at the Southeastern Louisiana University Lab School in Tangipahoa Parish. She was selected for the Teacher Spotlight based on her effective classroom use of primary sources. She is an enthusiastic advocate for the use of primary sources in the classroom and their integration to enhance instruction through engaging lessons.

Denise is a teacher leader for the Southeastern Louisiana University Teaching with Primary Sources Program. Through her TPS advocacy work, she helps to promote awareness of teaching with primary sources by participating in various Southeastern TPS workshops, presenting TPS methods and materials at state, regional and national professional conferences, and serving as a field site placement for teacher candidates in the teacher preparation program at Southeastern Louisiana University.

While teaching one of her unit plans entitled "Work of our Hands," Denise uses photographs from the National Child Labor Committee Collection to highlight child labor in the nation's textile industry and encouraged her 4th grade students to analyze to the photos, many depicting children of their same age.

Many of her students are unfamiliar with this time period and were surprised by what they learned. She features students weaving with their hands and thanking their ancestors for the work of their hands.

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