The Library of Congress today announced the selection of 21 organizations that will receive a total of $3,340,352 to support the effective use of digitized primary sources in K-12 classrooms. Some of the selected organizations will focus their efforts on the research and development of curricular materials; others will provide professional development opportunities for teachers.
The Library received 76 proposals from a wide range of public, private, not-for profit and for-profit organizations, including institutions of higher education, cultural institutions, school districts and other educational organizations.
Panels comprised of individuals with curricular and programmatic expertise from government agencies, non-profit organizations, universities and the Library of Congress reviewed and evaluated the proposals based on the criteria specified in the Notice of Funding Availability.
The proposals recommended for funding reflected feasible scope, implementation and reach, described the integration of (not simply the inclusion of) primary sources from the Library of Congress, provided evidence of successful past experience, incorporated specific plans for program sustainability, included solid budget plans and included teachers as substantive contributors, as well as participants.
Lee Ann Potter, director of Educational Outreach for the Library, said, “We very much look forward to welcoming the recipients of these grants into the TPS Educational Consortium, a community dedicated to increasing awareness and effective use of primary sources—and other educational resources made available by the Library—in K-12 classrooms.”
Organizations selected for funding include:
- Barat Education Foundation
- California History-Social Science Project
- Collaborative for Educational Services
- EDC Center for Children and Technology
- Governors State University
- Mars Hill University
- Maryland Humanities Center
- Middle Tennessee State University
- Minnesota Historical Society
- Mississippi State University
- National Council for History Education
- National Music Association
- Northern Virginia Partnership
- Rockford University
- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- Stanford University
- State Historical Society of Iowa
- The University of the Arts
- University of Central Florida
- University of Michigan
- University of South Carolina
For more information about this grant opportunity, see the “Notice of Funds Availability.”