Morgan resident Jimmy Jones, a 5th grade teacher at Cook Elementary School in Syracuse, Davis School District, has been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress “Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute” during the week of July 16-20, 2012.
Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its seven teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.
During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.
Educators attending the teacher institutes develop primary-source based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and pass along to colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge.
Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of K-12 education. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators in addition to classroom teachers. Participants come from many different states, representing large metropolitan school districts and smaller, rural school districts. The expertise provided by the Library of Congress during the institutes can benefit every level of K-12 education.
Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Students working with primary sources become engaged learners while building critical thinking skills and constructing new knowledge. Teachers working in the library’s collections will explore the largest online collection of historical artifacts with access to millions of unique primary sources for use in instruction.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library serves the public, scholars, members of Congress and their staffs—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the library’s resources and treasures may also be accessed through the library’s website at www.loc.gov.
In addition to the LOC program, Jimmy was one of two Utah teachers selected to attend the Mickelson Exxon-Mobil “Send My Teacher” Academy from July 22-27, 2012, at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. This program is advanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math) training, only 200 teachers are selected to participate in this program annually.
Jimmy was recently selected as the KSL Teacher Feature recipient for the week of May 20-25, 2012. He has been teaching for over 20 years. This is his fifth year teaching elementary students.