Primary Sources in the Science Classroom

Enhancing Student Engagement through Primary Sources is a summer learning series designed for grade K-8 science educators in partnership with their school librarian.  Participants will investigate and explore inquiry based learning experiences aligned to the new NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards (NGSS) and develop the skills to design lessons and units of study using primary sources and inquiry learning.

Participants must commit to a summer institute facilitated by experts in the use of Library of Congress (Library) resources and the use of Library resources in inquiry based lessons. A follow up session to be held in November is an opportunity for participants to share their lesson and reflect on the successes and challenges they experienced implementing the lessons in the classroom.

The Enhancing Student Engagement through Primary Sources Grant activities are sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University and are free to participants.

Participants will

  • learn strategies for using primary sources to help students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills and build content knowledge.
  • evaluate, create and teach topic-specific content-informed lessons that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress and exemplify effective instructional practices.
  • be able to advocate for the use of primary sources and disseminate the ideas, methods and products of the Teaching with Primary Sources program.

Participants must commit to:

  • Attend and actively participate in all four full day training sessions at Questar III. Meeting schedule:
    • Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    • November, 2018, date to be determined
  • Design and implement at least one inquiry lesson using a Library of Congress resource prior to the final in person training session in November.
  • Share the inquiry lesson with fellow participants
  • Provide turnkey training to at least two educators within their school building prior to the conclusion of the program

This program will be provided free to all participants.  We anticipate having sufficient grant funds to provide a nominal stipend, but cannot guarantee a stipend to participants.

Interested educators must complete an application.  This professional learning institute is designed for educator/librarian teams therefore individual applications and teacher only teams will not be considered.

Application due date: Friday, May 18, 2018

Send completed applications by email or regular mail to:

Tasha Anderson

Questar III

10 Empire State Blvd.

Castleton, NY 12033

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