May/June 2015 newsletter

National Issues Forums Institute: Free DVD

National Issues Forums Institute: Free DVD

The National Issues Forums Institute, in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, is providing a free informational DVD to be used by civic and educational organizations interested in addressing public issues. The Agency for Instructional Technology is distributing these DVDs.

Please share this link ( with anyone that may benefit from using these materials. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

Virtual Field Trips at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Virtual Field Trips at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In January of 2014 we launched an exciting new program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston that can provide schools with alternative, innovative ways to bring the Museum into your classrooms. Our Distance Learning program enables teachers to connect their students with the encyclopedic collection of the MFA, and enhance their curriculum through the integration of art.

In the Distance Learning Program, an MFA educator virtually connects with the classroom via a web-based platform, accessible worldwide. Teachers only need a web-camera, computer speakers, and an internet connection to connect. The program offers multiple discussion topics that are centered on 45-minute interactive, student-centered conversations featuring works of art from the MFA's Art of the Ancient World, Art of Europe, and Art of the Americas collections, among others. All program content is designed to align with the Common Core State Standards.

Learn more, or book a program, at or


HISTORY IN CONTEXT: Aligning American Memory & Maine Memory Network Resources for Teachers

TEACHERS: Interested in better ways to use national and local primary sources in the classroom?

Join Maine Historical Society this summer for


Aligning American Memory & Maine Memory Network Resources for Teachers

A stipend-supported day-long Teaching with Primary Sources workshop funded by the Library of Congress

Tuesday, August 4, Maine Historical Society, Portland

Thursday, August 6, Cohen Middle School, Bangor 

9:30AM - 3:00PM

Maine Historical Society recently received a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources grant to create robust lesson plans pairing historical items on MHS's Maine Memory Network with related items from the LOC's American Memory.

Curriculum is being created on three topics: immigration, World War I, and Maine statehood. The content-rich workshops will unveil the new curriculum, provide interactive training on using the two online museums, and engage participants in hands-on small group work. Two veteran Maine Memory Network teachers will provide examples of using primary sources in the classroom.

Stipends of $50 are available to the first 25 people who register at each site (50 stipends total).

Five teachers who attend the workshops will be invited to apply to serve as case studies during the 2015-2016 academic year for an additional $200 stipend. Case studies involve having 4-6 classroom visits by MHS education staff throughout the year. Information about the case studies will be provided at the workshops.  

Download a registration form. For more information on the workshops, contact Kathleen Neumann, Manager of Education and Interpretation, MHS, at 207-774-1822 x214 or

Teach the Teachers workshop for high school teachers June 22-26, 2015

Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), located in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, will hold its second Teach the Teachers workshop for high school teachers June 22-26, 2015. Teachers will hear leading experts in economic education and will integrate key economic concepts such as money and inflation, business cycles, and government and the economy into a lesson for their students.

Presenters include:

  • Scott Wolla, senior economic education specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • Taught history and economics for 14 years
  • Jane Lopus – professor of economics, California State University, East Bay
    • Director of the Center for Economic Education, former high school economics teacher
  • Bonnie Meszaros, assistant professor of education, University of Delaware
    • Past president, National Association of Economic Educators
  • Research staff and fellows of the AIER, a nonprofit economic research institute

Teachers will construct lesson plans, test them with their peers, and gain feedback.  They will learn how to apply economics to real-life problems and educational approaches to delivering content to 21st century learners.

Deadline for applying:  May 1, 2015. Enrollment limited to 20.

Cost: $150 registration fee (refundable upon completion of the workshop). Accommodations and meals are provided. Travel expenses are reimbursed up to $150.  A stipend of $500 is provided for teachers who field test a lesson in the classroom and provide a feedback report.

Credit: AIER has partnered with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) to provide three graduate in-service credits for the course ($300) or 45 Professional Development Points ($100). A certificate of completion from AIER and MCLA is also available at no additional cost.

Substitute reimbursement: If your school is in session for all or part of the workshop week, AIER will reimburse a school district for hiring a substitute teacher.

To register and for more information:  OR contact Michelle Ryan, Education Programs Coordinator at (413)528-1216 X 3129 (

2015 Medal of Honor Legacy Graduate Teacher Seminar

Free Summer Professional Development with Graduate Credit

2015 Medal of Honor Legacy Graduate Teacher Seminar

June 28—July 3 « July 19—24 « July 26—31

Program features:

« Living Medal of Honor Recipients and veterans panels discussing their experience.

¨ This year’s MOH participants are: General Patrick Brady, USA (Ret.), General James Livingston, USMC (Ret)., and Colonel Leo Thorsness, USAF (Ret.)

« Five days of scholarly lectures on World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

¨ Past faculty include: historian David Eisenhower, author Gary Williams (Seal of Honorand Guardian of Guadalcanal), Colonel Greggory Daddis (West Point), Professor Rogers Smith (UPENN), Professor Eric Davis (Rutgers), Dr. Nicholas Schlosser (Marine University), Major Kim Youngjun (National Defense University, Republic of Korea), and Professor David Barrett (Villanova).

« Visits to Philadelphia historic sites at Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and National Constitution Center.

« Training and materials for the Medal of Honor Character Development Program.

« Visit the Freedoms Foundation Medal of Honor Grove and Archives in Valley Forge, PA.

« Graduate credit from Immaculata University.

Observations from last year’s evaluations:

 100% of past participants would recommend this program to a colleague.

98% of participating teachers learned something new every day of the program.

94% of teachers said the course benefited them individually.

“This program is going to provide new life to my classroom curriculum. I feel recharged professionally! … I hope and pray that these values resonate within my classroom and beyond.”

 “I enjoyed and welcomed the presentation from the Korean perspective. I believe that is an excellent way to learn.”

 “Thank you for providing top notch historians and professors. I learned so much. My little notebook is filled with information, and I believe I will be a much better history teacher as a result. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

 “The academic schedule and meeting the veterans was so valuable. I appreciated the format of each day.”

“Being able to start the day with a MOH recipient at our breakfast table was pretty awesome…not to mention insightful.”

 “I can’t pull out one favorite thing, truly loved the entire week. Events flowed together well, information was extremely valuable! I would recommend this program to not only every teacher but every American!”

 Scholarships for programs is valued at $1,400 per teacher which includes accommodations,admissionstour transportationinstruction, and one graduate credit hour. Additional credits are $150 each. Most meals are included except for dinner on your own in Philadelphia. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program as well as transfer from the airport  to the Freedoms Foundation campus upon arrival. Travel stipends may be available (while funds last) for those traveling more than 100 miles.

 Register online today.

 For more information contact Kim DeBlase.

Professional Development Providers Institute (PDPI)

Professional Development Providers Institute (PDPI)

Tuesday afternoons, April 28 - May 26 1:00-2:00 pm

TPS Professional Development Providers Institute (PDPI) will support you in delivering high-quality teacher professional development focused on Library of Congress digital archives. Whether you lead colleagues one-on-one or lead groups of fellow teachers, PDPI will prepare you to share your expertise!  

·         Weekly 1-hour online sessions  

·         Independent reading and project development

·         Design a PD plan to share TPS with local educators

Reserve your spot:

This is an advanced TPS course. If you have not yet completed an introductory TPS course, you will be asked to complete TPS BASICS, including 12 asynchronous hours of professional development. TPS BASICS or an equivalent course must be completed by January 7, 2015. Further information provided upon registration.         

Participants earn 20 CEU hours with an option to earn 10 more through post-course follow-up.

This course is offered by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region, coordinated by Waynesburg University.