Educators from Geographic Alliances in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon gathered in Portland at the beginning of July 2014 with facilitators from the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region program. This design workshop provided direction on developing workshops and state-based model lessons using primary sources to teach geography at any grade level. The Library of Congress website has a treasure trove of primary sources, including maps, images, and text documents, that can enrich teaching in all areas of social studies, including geography. This project has planned, implemented, and evaluated workshops that structure ways to guide teachers in making the best use of geographic analysis for primary resources in classrooms. If you have questions about the details of the project, please contact any of the Coordinators from the Alliances listed above.
Selected Alliances are now working with their TPS Regions to plan workshops for the future using the geographic analysis tools, facilitator's guide, and workshop outline developed and tested by this collaboration. Contact your Alliance to find out more about this program.