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Riverbend teacher chosen for Library of Congress program
Maggie Dunford, a member of the Social Studies Department at Riverbend High School in Spotsylvania County, has been selected for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute to be held in Washington next month.
Below are details of the week-long program.
Local Teachers to Participate in National Educational Program
Maggie Dunford of Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg, Va., and Faith Waddy of Lancaster Middle School in Kilmarnock, Va., have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of August 6-10, 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.