Good morning, civics friends. This post is just a reminder that the SOURCES Annual Conference, put on by Dr. Scott Waring here at UCF, is coming soon, and it is worth your time and energy to attend. I went last year, and it was simply fantastic. If you are looking for excellent professional development on using primary sources in the classroom, this is what you are looking for. Information on the conference is below, and you can register here! The main conference page is here. Take a look at the overview below, and we hope to see you there!

SOURCES Annual Conference
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
January 16, 2016
The Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the University of Central Florida (TPS-UCF) will be hosting the second annual SOURCES Annual Conference at the University of Central Florida on January 16, 2016. The SOURCES Annual Conference is a free opportunity available to any educators interested in the utilization and integration of primary sources into K-12 teaching. Presenters will focus on providing strategies for using primary sources to help K-12 students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills, and build content knowledge, specifically in one or more of the following ways:
  • Justifying conclusions about whether a source is primary or secondary depending upon the time or topic under study;
  • Describing examples of the benefits of teaching with primary sources;
  • Analyzing a primary source using Library of Congress tools;
  • Accssing teaching tools and primary sources from;
  • Identifying key considerations for selecting primary sources for instructional use (for example, student needs and interests, teaching goals, etc.);
  • Accessing primary sources and teaching resources from for instructional use;
  • Analyzing primary sources in different formats;
  • Analyzing a set of related primary sources in order to identify multiple perspectives;
  • Demonstrating how primary sources can support at least one teaching strategy (for example, literacy, inquiry-based learning, historical thinking, etc.); and
  • Presenting a primary source-based activity that helps students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.
Dr. Joel Breakstone, of Stanford University, will provide the Keynote Presentation, Beyond the Bubble: A New Generation of History Assessments. In this session, he will discuss about and present ways in which educators can use assessments designed by the Stanford History Education Group to incorporate Library of Congress documents. Participants will examine assessments and sample student responses. Additional session titles include the following:
  • Designating for Assignment: Using Baseball to Tell the Story of Race in America Socratic Circles and Primary Sources: Students Generate Essential Questions
  • Galaxy of Wonder
  • Education Resources from the Library of Congress focused on the Social Sciences & Literacy
  • How do I know If It’s Primary? Research Questions and Primary Sources
  • ESRI Story Maps and Integrating LOC Resources
  • Mapping the American Revolution
  • Primary Sources: Find Them, Choose Them, and Use Them Well
  • Sites of African-American Memory
  • Who Is Bias: the Media or Us?
  • A Professional Development and Curriculum Model for the Use of Historical Literacy
  • Magnifying How We See, Think, and Wonder: Fostering Critical Literacy Among Young Learners Using Library of Congress Primary Sources
  • Sourcing in a Flash!
  • Primary Sources: A Lens to View History
  • Bringing Fiction to Life Using Primary Sources
  • Playing with Primary Sources: Game-Based Learning with Resources from The Library of Congress
  • Engage English Learners and Other Diverse Learners with Primary Sources
  • Creating a Sound Argument Using Primary Sources
  • Teaching with Primary Sources: African American Sacred Music
  • Veterans History Project: Learning About US Conflicts Through the Eyes of a Veteran
  • Is North Up? : Exploring the Nature of Maps
  • Differentiation Using Primary Sources from the Library
  • Using Primary Sources for Digital DBQs and other Assessments to meet Literacy Standards.
  • Vetting or Developing Text Sets to Teach Rich Content
Registration is free and is now open for the SOURCES Annual Conference. Please visit the conference web site to register: