Teaching with Primary Sources Power of Perspectives: Engaging English Learners in Dynamic Democratic Discussions in Social Studies  

“Active citizenship requires more than a few rote displays of patriotism: casting a vote on Election Day, flying the flag, or standing for the national anthem. Our past is not a static collection of facts to be memorized, much less bronzed heroes to worship. It lives, and we must help students discover how the national experience connects with their lives and their futures.” -Teaching the C3 Framework

Thank you for your interest in the TPS Power of Perspectives program! This is a competitive application process. Preference will be given to teams that collectively represent knowledge and skill in both of the following areas: social studies instruction and English Language Development.

Please read carefully the following important information BEFORE completing your application:
1.    This program is designed to bring together teacher teams (minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 members per team) to develop knowledge and skills in teaching with primary sources to engage ELs in democratic discussions.  
2.    Participation in all in-person and online workshops is required.  
3.    All teams must include at least one social studies teacher. To support cross-curricular integration of cross-cutting concepts, other team members might include ESL Specialist(s), English Language Arts teacher(s), Reading Specialist(s), and/or additional social studies teacher(s), for example.
4.    Each team will work together to design and implement instructional plans in their classrooms with ELs over the 18 month-long program.
5.    Participants will receive ongoing and personalized technical assistance support from content experts, instructional coaches, and university instructors.  
6.    There is no cost to participate in the program; each school will receive a $250 stipend per team member to assist in covering costs associated with participation. Published resources will also be distributed to each team.
7.    Before completing your application, please gather the following:
a.    Required information for each team member;
b.    A short team statement that describes your interest in participating in the TPS program;
c.    Administrator support (This should be the building principal if your team members teach in the same school building or district administrator if your team members are assigned to different school buildings).
d.    Information to direct the processing of the educator stipend
i.    To whom the check should be made payable
ii.    Address to where the check should be mailed

This program is sponsored, in part, by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary
Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.

This innovative professional development program would not be possible without the support of our partner organizations: