The U.S. Library of Congress has awarded Westfield State University a $20,000 grant from the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Eastern Regions Program. The funding will benefit an online program co-developed by a Westfield State educator that places inquiry at the center of elementary school social studies teaching and learning.
The online program—“History’s Mysteries K–5 Curriculum Using Primary Sources to Solve Historical Inquiries”—is the product of a collaboration between Westfield State education instructor and teacher-in-residence Laurie Risler and Easthampton High School social studies teacher Kelley Brown. Both share a passion for helping educators create engaging, thoughtful lessons that get pupils excited about history and civics. The TPS grant will fund the program’s curriculum development and the production of online professional development modules for educators.
Introduced in 2006, the TPS grant program’s purpose is “to build a nationwide network of organizations that deliver professional development, write curriculum, and create apps and interactives based on the Library of Congress’ digitized primary sources.”