Learn to use primary sources available online from the Library of Congress and regional collections including Hudson River Valley Heritage. We’ll cover common formats, citation and copyright issues, tools and strategies for using primary sources. Special attention will be given to the Common Core.

Participants will research projects related to their own classrooms ending the series with ready-to use activities or lessons. The series will provide information, and more importantly time, to integrate primary sources to your teaching.

Participates who complete the series will receive a certificate for 30 hours. Enrollment is free but limited to 25.

WHO: Teachers, librarians, museum educators and other who agree to attend all sessions, complete assignments and share what they learn.  Priority may be given to applicants who apply in teams.

WHERE: The Southeastern NY Library Resources Council, Highland, NY (Directions)

WHEN: 10 am to 4 pm, including a working lunch. Winter 2013: January 12, 26, February 9, 23.  Make up snow date March 9. Summer 2013: July 8 – 11. (Both groups will have a final meetings on a date they select)

FACILITATOR:  This five-part series is facilitated by Susan Stessin-Cohn, Historic Huguenot Street’s Education Director and author of source-based curricula such as The Missing Chapter: Untold Stories of the African-American Presence in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

HOW: Download, complete and return the application available here on the SENYLRC website. Please send in your application prior to November 26.


Session 1: Introduction to primary sources. Explore online including the Library of Congress and regional collections. Break into groups to discuss appropriate materials for your grade levels. Review common formats and how to use them. Discuss citations, copyright, creative commons, and other usage issues.

Session 2: Learn to use primary sources to gather information, create knowledge, and make subject matter come alive. Introduction to strategies for incorporating primary sources into teacher presentations and student work. Introduction to tools to be determined in part by participants; may include Voice Thread, Photo Story, Google Docs, or the like.

Between sessions 2 and 3: Begin planning your lesson or activity.

Session 3 and 4: Continue working on your project with support from instructors. Integrate new knowledge about primary sources and tools, troubleshoot, and so on.

Between Sessions 4 and 5: Work on your lesson or activity, test it with students, and prepare to discuss the experience with their colleagues.