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Students Will Benefit from Library of Congress Training

 Portrait of CRE Media Specialist Tommye Mathis Students using the library next year at Cedar Ridge Elementary will have a who guide trained at the Library of Congress to support them.

Media Specialist Tommye Mathis has been accepted to the 2018 Library of Congress Summer Institute. Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for selected K–12 educators to attend one of its Summer Teacher Institutes in Washington, D.C. During the five-day program, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists to learn best practices for using primary sources in the K–12 classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized primary sources available on the Library’s Web site.

Mathis will attend a weeklong session with a focus on World War I. This session will focus on pedagogy. Activities using primary sources will model strategies to build skills in observing, reflecting, questioning, determining point of view and more. However, all primary sources used in this session will feature World War I resources from the Library’s collections. Using the Library’s primary sources, participants will draft an activity related to their classroom content.

While the emphasis is on learning and applying teaching strategies, participants also have opportunities to meet experts from the Library and possibly to research in the Library’s reading rooms to gather information and resources to use in developing their activities.

In the school year following the Institute, educators are expected to implement a primary source based activity and share outcomes with Institute staff and their session cohort. Library staff will provide resources for participants to facilitate sharing what they have learned with colleagues in their professional networks. Finally, participants also have an option of completing additional work to pursue graduate credit in history from George Mason University.

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