In a partnership with the National Education Association and thanks to the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources TPS program grant, Citizen U has developed a new series of micro-credentials. This professional learning offering aims to help educators better integrate inquiry learning with primary sources into instruction across grades and disciplines using a variety of frameworks and strategies. The first four micro-credentials, developed in collaboration with NEA educators and TPS Consortium members Emerging America, Collaborative for Educational Services and Inquiry in the Upper Midwest, Minnesota Historical Society, are available via the TPS Micro-credential Library.
The TPS micro-credentials are free for NEA members and $75 for non-members. School districts interested in enrolling a large group of educators consisting of some or all non-NEA members should contact us. While the micro-credentials are asynchronous, we have created a TPS Micro-credentials group on the TPS Teachers Network to offer support for educators.
Inquiry with Primary Sources*
Competency: Educator uses inquiry to engage learners in analysis of primary sources to promote student empathy, foster understanding of multiple perspectives, deepen content knowledge, and enhance critical thinking skills.
Key Method: Educator curates relevant and appropriate primary source sets to develop and analyze an inquiry-based primary source learning activity.
Connecting Primary Sources & Technology for Formative Assessment
Competency: Educator connects primary sources with technology for formative assessment to meet instructional goals and increase student engagement with course content.
Key Method: Educator creates or revises a lesson that uses technology for formative assessments of primary sources.
Connecting Primary Sources with Historic Places
Competency: Educator connects primary sources with an historic place to meet instructional goals and increase student engagement with course content.
Key Method: Educator creates or revises a lesson that connects primary sources with a historic place to teach about an event, person, or landscape.
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with Primary Sources
Competency: Educator uses primary sources and inquiry strategies to craft culturally relevant instruction.
Key Method: Educator develops and analyzes a lesson that incorporates the three tenets of culturally relevant pedagogy with primary sources
Multidisciplinary Civics with Primary Sources
Competency: Educator uses inquiry learning with primary sources to enhance students’ civics knowledge, skills, and dispositions across one or more disciplines.
Key Method: Educator develops and analyzes a multidisciplinary civics lesson using inquiry and primary sources.
Pairing Primary Sources with Historical Picture Books
Competency: Educator uses an inquiry approach to learning that utilizes primary sources and an historical picture book.
Key Method: Educator develops and analyzes an inquiry-based lesson that pairs an historical picture book with a curated set of related primary sources.
The Question Formulation Technique & Primary Sources
Competency: Educator uses the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to engage learners in content by generating and analyzing questions about a primary source.
Key Method: Educator creates or revises a lesson using the QFT with a primary source, directly connecting students’ questions to the next steps of their learning.
Universal Design for Learning with Primary Sources
Competency: Educator uses UDL with primary sources to provide multiple means of engagement, representation of information, and opportunities for action and expression to increase universal accessibility of course content and skills.
Key Method: Educator customizes and augments a primary source learning activity by employing UDL principles to increase universal accessibility.
* Educators with no foundational training in teaching inquiry with primary sources from the Library of Congress may find it helpful to begin with the Inquiry with Primary Sources micro-credential before proceeding to subsequent ones.