About Us

Welcome to the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING and UCLA Lab School, in partnership with the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program.

As a Teaching with Primary Sources Educational Consortium member, we focus on the use of primary sources and inquiry learning in classrooms and the powerful effects on student learning that result, particularly at the elementary school level.

We hope this website will inspire you to consider teaching with primary sources, giving you access to:

  • Examples of teaching excellence in K-6 classrooms, where planning, teaching, and learning occur with the use of primary sources
  • Information on professional development opportunities, including Educator Days at UCLA Lab School and periodic visits to classrooms of Cotsen fellows and alumni to observe children learning with primary sources

We believe that once you see what gifted teachers can accomplish with students using primary sources, you will want the same for every child.

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program

The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program is to: build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources.

The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K-12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.

Learn more about the Library’s TPS program and other resources available to teachers at www.loc.gov/teachers.