Center’s Inaugural TPS Summer Institutes Draw Teachers Eager to Advance Civic Education

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Expanding its efforts to improve civic education and provide professional development opportunities for social studies teachers in the Hoosier state, the Center on Congress at Indiana University today announced that 30 educators have been selected to participate in the Center’s inaugural “Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Institutes.”

There will be two institutes, the first June 26-28 at Indiana University Bloomington, and the second July 17-19 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Instruction at each will be built around the theme “Representative Democracy: Using Primary Sources to Investigate the Role of the Individual in the U.S. Government.”

The institutes are designed for teachers of civics, government, social studies, and U.S. history. Attendees will have the opportunity to become fully conversant in the classroom use of the Library of Congress’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Level I materials. The Center works in partnership with the TPS program to increase awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives and to encourage teachers to use the Library’s extensive digital primary source materials.

The institutes also will feature presentations on additional civic education materials by representatives from The Bill of Rights Institute, the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship, and the Center on Congress.

Speakers at one or both of the institutes will include: former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress; the Hon. Randall T. Shepard, former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court; Sheila Kennedy, J.D., Professor of Law and Public Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Lonni Gill, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Social Studies and Teacher Education, IUPUI; and Keith Barton, Ed.D., Professor, School of Education, Indiana University Bloomington.

The opportunity to attend the summer institutes drew strong interest from teachers statewide, with more than twice as many applying by the May 15 deadline as there were seats available. The teachers chosen to participate come from a wide geographic spread of Indiana public and private schools. Attendees’ expenses for travel, accommodations and meals are covered, and teachers receive professional development and curriculum development credits to use toward Indiana’s Professional Growth Plan.