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2017 TPS Summer Workshops
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 Primary Sources in the School Library:

Using Library of Congress Resources and Strategies to

Extend Missouri Student Learning


Featuring Tom Bober, Library Media Specialist, RM Captain Elementary

We are pleased to announce that MASL is a recipient of a grant through the Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region.  The grant will fund 4-regional summer workshops featuring MASL member Tom Bober presenting on “Primary Sources in the School Library: Using Library of Congress Resources and Strategies to Extend Missouri Student Learning.”

These regional summer workshops will include two-days of professional development and a follow-up session exposing educators to the use of primary sources in student learning and highlighting the online holdings of the Library of Congress through modeled examples.  The target audience is K-12 school librarians, but the participating librarian is encouraged to bring a classroom teacher of any subject area so that a collaborative effort can be made at the school level to implement the use of primary sources with students.


Scheduled Events

Below is information on the scheduled workshops, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on each of the two-days with lunch provided for attendees.  Please note that each 2-day event will be limited to a total of 25 participants.


June 14/15 – St. Louis

Clayton High School - Library
#1 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton, MO  63105

June 28/29 – Jefferson City

Missouri State Capitol Building – House Hearing Room 4

201 W. Capitol, Jefferson City, MO  65101


July 17/18 – Springfield

The Library Station Branch – Springfield Public Library – Sante Fe Room

2535 N Kansas Expy, Springfield, MO 65803


August 2/3 – Kansas City

Mid-Continent Public Library – North Independence Branch

317 US-24, Independence, MO  64050


Presenter Overview

Tom Bober, former Teacher in Residence with the Library of Congress, will be developing and leading the professional development that takes place during the summer and follow-up support sessions that take place during the Fall PD Day and Spring Conference. Tom has developed and run workshops for TPS SIUE and was one of three facilitators for the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute for three weeks in the summer of 2016. As part of his role, he helped evolve and revise aspects of the institute the previous spring. Tom was featured presenter at the 2016 MASL Spring Conference, giving three sessions with a focus on different aspects of the use of primary sources in the school library and classroom.


During the Workshop

Spend two days immersed in primary sources. Focus on 

  • tips to find primary sources from the Library of Congress and other online resources 
  • strategies for your students to analyze those sources
  • discussion on primary source analysis fits into the bigger picture of student learning. 

Begin planning a learning experience focused on primary source analysis that you or a colleague can implement with students in the fall. Upon completion and submission of the lesson to be housed on MASL's website, receive a $50 stipend.



Following the two-day workshops, participants will be invited to attend the MASL Fall PD Day in the fall of 2017 and MASL Spring Conference in the spring of 2018 where there will be special sessions for the participants to discuss successes and struggles, the facilitator to promote additional resources and strategies, and the group as a whole to continue the discussion on the use of primary sources in student learning.  Participants will receive either a free registration to the Fall Professional Development Day or a $50 credit towards registration fees for the 2018 MASL Spring Conference.



The registration fee is $25.  However upon completion of the workshop & lesson, this fee will be reimbursed and included with the $50 stipend for a total of $75.

Click on the date/location below to complete the online registration for that particular workshop.

June 14/15 – St. Louis

June 28/29 – Jefferson City

July 17/18 – Springfield

August 2/3 – Kansas City


Graduate Credit

Lindenwood University will offer 1 credit hour for workshop participants.  Additional documentation and a $60 fee will be required.  Click here for a course syllabus and additional information.




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