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Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources at Quincy University

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Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Quincy University provides free CPDU professional development opportunities for K-12 in-service and preservice educators on accessing and implementing the millions of primary source items digitized on the Library of Congress Web site within their curriculum.

In 1999, the Library of Congress funded the Adventure of the American Mind project within western North Carolina. The AAM Project, the pilot project to the TPS program, was designed to help K-12 teachers, college education students, and higher education faculty to access, use, and produce curriculum utilizing the digitized primary source materials from the collections of the Library of Congress. The project continued to grow to expand to several states throughout the United States.

In 2005, Senator Dick Durbin acquired the funding that brought the AAM Project to Quincy University. Sister Donna Bebensee, BVM started developing the project at Quincy University as the founding director. In 2007, Byron Holdiman came to Quincy University as the director of the AAM project after working on the AAM project for three years at California University of Pennsylvania.

To demonstrate the stronger focus of assisting educators in using primary sources with a multi-disciplinary approach as a tool to enhance the learning experience of their students, the pilot project of the AAM transformed into the current program, Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS).

The TPS program provides professional development workshops for K-12 educators on accessing and using the millions of primary source items digitized on the Library of Congress Web site. Being a federal government resource, the Library of Congress Web site is available to everyone at no charge. 



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.

As part of the Quincy University mission "We prepare men and women for leadership and for the transformation of the world by educating them to seek knowledge that leads to wisdom", the TPS program at Quincy University takes this mission out to the K-12 educational community within the area. The use of primary sources is a very effective tool in developing critical thinking skills with the students. By studying primary sources, students learn that there are diverse perspectives on any given situation. They learn to respect all people by being able to view various perspectives. It also provides the students with skills to apply the content being taught in the classroom with real life situations outside of the classroom. In using primary sources, students learn to analyze beyond the written word of the text book and develop skills that will help them to continue to expand their knowledge beyond their educational stage of life. As the mission of the TPS project at Quincy University, we assist educators in using primary source materials with their students to prepare the students "for leadership and for transformation of the world by educating them [the students] to seek knowledge that leads to wisdom."


About the Library of Congress

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 knowledge through its magnificent collections, which bring to bear the world's knowledge in almost all of the world's languages and America's private sector intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats. The Library seeks to spark the public's imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. Today, the Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staff -- all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library's rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library's award winning Web site: www.loc.gov.


About the Library of Congress TPS Educational Consortium

Members of the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Educational Consortium assist in the design of the TPS program and offer TPS professional development on an ongoing basis, year round. Visit www.loc.gov/teachers/tps to view a list of current Consortium members and their respective states.

The TPS Program at Quincy University

The TPS program at Quincy University provides professional development opportunities with the use of primary source materials in the classroom to community K-12 schools at no cost to the institution. Each teacher will have the opportunity to transfer the professional development training hours to graduate level college credit through Quincy University for a fee by completing a classroom activity based upon the digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress.

All participants are encourage to apply the knowledge obtained from the workshops by creating a classroom activity based on the use of primary sources and to use the classroom activities developed by other teachers providing feedback on how the lesson was taught and how it was adapted for their classroom. The teachers are also encouraged to be an advocate by sharing with other teachers through either giving a professional presentation on using primary sources in the classroom or by publishing an article through a peer-reviewed publication.

QU TPS Contact Information

Francis Hall (FRH) 313 & 315
1800 College Avenue
Quincy, IL 62301


photograph of Byron Holdiman Byron D. Holdiman
Phone: (217) 228-5432 ext. 3091
Email: holdiby@quincy.edu
Office Assistant  
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Debbie Broadwater
Phone: (217) 228-5432 x3090
Email: broadde@quincy.edu

Student Assistant  
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TPS Basic Trainers  
Photo of Debbie Broadwater Debbie Broadwater (Quincy)
Photo of Jennifer Campbell Jennifer Campbell (Galesburg)
Photo of Doretta Ellis Doretta Ellis (Springfield)
Photo of Angela Florence Angela Florence (Moline)
Photo of Carolyn Mesick Carolyn Mesick (Moline)
Photo of Shay Nelson Shay Nelson (Peoria)
  Barbara Sollberger (Peoria)