Tuition Free summer courses for teachers

March 1, 2019

The Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the University of the Arts

Monday August 5 - Friday, August 9, 2019
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the University of the Arts creates professional development opportunities for K-12 educators. TPS-UArts courses introduce educators, librarians and administrators to the digital archives and teaching resources available through the Library of Congress website, in order to identify and use primary source material in the classroom. Educators, librarians and school administrators learn inquiry-based tactics to guide students through analysis of primary sources, resulting in stronger higher-order and critical thinking skills.

Non-credit classes are TUITION FREE. Graduate credit for these courses is available at a 50% reduced tuition rate. Please note: All participants (credit and non-credit) are required to pay a non-refundable $50 materials fee at the time of registration.

2019 Course Offerings:


A is For Everything: How Typography Shapes our Language and Culture

Explore meaning and subject matter through type design. Collaborative exercises will encourage participants to think critically and openly about how type and design shape our language and visual culture. Site visits include collections in the Philadelphia region, with guest lectures and an artist studio visit.

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Comics and Graphic Novels as Primary Sources

Gain general overview of the history of comics and graphic novels, particularly as social commentary in the U.S., using the resources of the Library of Congress. Projects include researching and evaluating comics, hands-on printing and design activities, lesson plan development, and more.

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Moving Pictures: Connecting with Documentary Film

Explore the role of archival sources within documentary through screenings, discussions and projects using the Library of Congress collections. Teachers will produce a short film that draws upon this resource and, in the process, learn about research techniques, non-linear editing and ethics around archival usage.

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STEM to STEAM: Connecting the Arts to STEM and Local Collections

Examine primary sources from direct access to local collections as well as the digital resources made available by the Library of Congress. Site visits include collections in the Philadelphia region and a studio visit with a contemporary artist.

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