On Saturday, January 24, 2015 (wow, 2015 already? I want my hoverboard. I was promised a hoverboard!), The Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the University of Central Florida (TPS-UCF) will be hosting the first annual SOURCES Annual Conference at the University of Central Florida. The SOURCES Annual Conference is a free opportunity available to any educators interested in the utilization and integration of primary sources into K-12 teaching. Presenters will focus on providing strategies for using primary sources to help K-12 students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills, and build content knowledge, specifically in one or more of the following ways:

  • Justifying conclusions about whether a source is primary or secondary
    depending upon the time or topic under study;
  • Describing examples of the benefits of teaching with primary sources;
  • Analyzing a primary source using Library of Congress tools;
  • Accessing teaching tools and primary sources from http://www.loc.gov
  • Identifying key considerations for selecting primary sources for
    instructional use (for example, student needs and interests, teaching
    goals, etc.);
  • Accessing primary sources and teaching resources from http://www.loc.gov for
    instructional use;
  • Analyzing primary sources in different formats;
  • Analyzing a set of related primary sources in order to identify multiple
  • Demonstrating how primary sources can support at least one teaching
    strategy (for example, literacy, inquiry-based learning, historical thinking,
    etc.); and
  • Presenting a primary source-based activity that helps students engage in
    learning, develop critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.

Registration is free and available at this link. 

While we here at the FJCC make no claims about the efficacy of this PD opportunity, SOURCES is a good program and Dr. Waring does some fine work.