Friends, despite the unfortunate nature of the previous post, we do have some EXCELLENT news and a great opportunity for professional development for you to consider. This comes to us from Dr. Scott Waring, a Fellow here at the FJCC and one of the leading social studies teacher educators in the state. I would love to take part in this myself!!!! At the very least, please check out the link below to the Teaching With Primary Sources program. This past SOURCES conference, which I had the pleasure of attending, was also very well done and worth your time. Kudos to Dr. Waring for the leading role he has taken in helping teachers use primary sources, and I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity! The course will be meeting at UCF on Tuesday nights from either 5:00 or 6:00 until 7:30 or 8:30.  The semester begins on August 24th, and the course will last for just the first eight weeks, instead of the typical sixteen weeks.


“Funded through a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the University of Central Florida (TPS-UCF) delivers professional development to help K-12 educators, across the state, provide high-quality classroom instruction using the millions of digitized primary sources available from the Library of Congress. Through ongoing, year-round professional development events, the TPS program at the University of Central Florida helps educators unleash the power of primary sources in the classroom.

Currently, there is space available in the TPS-UCF Coaches Academy training this fall. This training will be in the form of a graduate course (Teaching with Primary Sources in the History Classroom) at the University of Central Florida. All participants will have tuition covered, and successful completers will receive three graduate credits of Social Science Education (SSE) coursework.

Would you (or one of your colleagues) like to be trained as one of the TPS-UCF Coaches in this Academy? Among other things, the TPS Coach will provide support to fellow teachers in enabling them to search for primary sources through the Library of Congress’ web site and empowering them to create engaging lessons that are focused around the use of primary sources.

I invite you to nominate yourself or a colleague. It is important that you confirm that your school or district is open to explore the value of having a TPS coach and will be supportive the candidate, if chosen. Thus, administrator support is required. There will be a great investment in time and money to train you as a new TPS Coach, and I ask that you consider carefully how your school will make use of the expanded knowledge about using primary sources. Please return the application to Dr. Scott Waring (swaring@ucf.edu), as soon as possible.”

The application is below and at the top of this post, but if you are unable to print it out or the link does not work for you, please shoot me an email at stephen.masyada@ucf.edu and I will send you a copy, or just contact Dr. Waring at the email address he has provided.