Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.
During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.
Educators attending the teacher institutes participate in and develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and share with colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical-thinking skills and construct knowledge. All educators may freely access classroom materials, teaching tools and strategies for teaching with primary sources from the Library’s site for teachers at loc.gov/teachers/.
Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of K-12 education. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators, in addition to classroom teachers. Those selected come from many different states, representing large metropolitan school districts and smaller, rural school districts. The expertise provided by the Library of Congress during the institutes can benefit every level of K-12 education.
These are the teachers who were selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants:
- Angela Biletnikoff, Benicia (Calif.) Middle School
- Jerek Brown, North Atlanta (Ga.) High School
- David Campos, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
- Rebecca Couet, Taunton (Mass.) Public Schools
- Victor Haley, Fernbank Elementary School, Atlanta, Ga.
- Billie Hoag, New Lexington (Ohio) Middle & High Schools
- Jennifer Hoyer, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library
- Valerie Hyder, Adairsville (Ga.) Middle School
- Amy Hysan, Mill Creek Middle School, Lusby, Md.
- Dana Kepler, Park Hill High School, Kansas City, Mo.
- Heather Lucas, Carroll County Middle School, Hillsville, Va.
- Emily Martinac, Eastover (N.C.) Central Elementary School of Arts
- Mary Anne McGill, San Francisco (Calif.) Waldorf High School
- Jane McGuire, Hopewell Elementary School, Taunton, Mass.
- Mary Murphy, Notre Dame De Sion High School, Kansas City, Mo.
- Gail Nelson, Harwinton (Conn.) Consolidated School
- Heather Partington, Elk Grove (Calif.) High School
- Deborah Pruitt, Glen Crest Middle School, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
- Susan Rice, Pryor (Okla.) High School
- Margaret Sawyer, Greenbrier Intermediate School, Chesapeake, Va.
- Katrina Simmons, Savannah Heights Intermediate School, Von Ormy, Texas
- Sallie Singleton, Fernbank Elementary School, Atlanta, Ga.
- Amanda Smith, Teaching Museum, Roswell, Ga.
- Helen Vassiliou, Endeavor Elementary School, West Chester, Ohio
- Wendy Waterman, Aurora (Colo.) Frontier P-8 School
- Kelly Whelan, Kent (Conn.) School
- Sarah Wilson, Mayo Demonstration School, Tulsa, Okla.
- Phyllis Zagrobeln, St. Raphael Catholic School, Raleigh, N.C.