Engaging Students & Teachers: Integrating Primary Sources in K-16 Curricula – 2012 October – Midwest Archives Conference

Midwest Archives Conference 2012 Symposium
Engaging Students & Teachers: Integrating Primary Sources in K-16 Curricula

Cincinnati, OH, October 18-20, 2012
Event details: http://www.midwestarchives.org/2012symposium


Recent literature in a variety of disciplines has investigated the use of primary sources in classroom settings. These studies have provided evidence about the benefits of using primary sources in K-16 curricula but the need remains for establishing information literacy standards for primary sources and fostering collaboration between professions. This symposium will gather archivists and educators to not only grapple with these questions and concerns, but also to learn and discuss methods for connecting students with primary sources.  The Symposium Organizing Committee has created a series of objectives for the workshop:

  1. Learn the benefits of using primary sources in K-16 curriculum
  2. Understand ways to tailor assignments and class sessions to maximize student learning
  3. Increase awareness of the rigorous standards that teachers must meet, particularly in K-12 settings
  4. Recognize how archives can be used to provide resources for students
  5. Develop activities, lesson plans, and assignments that utilize primary sources
  6. Provide opportunities for educators and archivists to dialogue about best practices for teaching with primary sources


Friday, October 19
8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Continental breakfast/registration
8:45 – 9:00 Welcome, introductions, & logistics

9:00 – 10:15 (Participants will attend one of these two concurrent sessions)
Archives 101 – Kevin Grace
This session will provide an overview about archival policies, procedures, and expectations. The intent of the session is to help the educators in attendance gain a general understanding about how to use an archives and how to help their students with archival research
Education 101 – Stacia Kuceyeski (Manager of Educational Programs and Outreach at Ohio Historical Society)
The goal of this session is to help archivists understand education standards as well as gain knowledge about what kinds of resources and activities are appropriate for K-12 students.

10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Learning Theory – Deanna Sellnow (Dr. Deanna Sellnow, Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kentucky)
This session will focus on how students learn by examining the learning cycle.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Break & Networking Time

1:30 – 4:15 Primary Source Activities – Stacia Kuceyeski (Manager of Educational Programs and Outreach at Ohio Historical Society)
Stacia will lead a workshop about using primary sources in K-12 classrooms. Content will include completing sample activities and planning instruction sessions.

4:15 – 4:30 Synthesis of Friday’s activities and logistics for Saturday
5:00 – 7:00 Reception

Saturday, October 20

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast

9:00 – 12:30 Primary Sources Workshop – Peter Carini (College Archivist at Dartmouth College)
Peter will lead a hands-on workshop with primary sources.
CARINI HANDOUTS – Carini’s main handout on Skills for Primary Source Research is superseded by his 2016 January article “Information Literacy for Archives and Special Collections: Defining Outcomes” (portal: Libraries and the Academy, v16 n1 p191-206 Jan 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/pla.2016.0006)

12:00 – 1:00 Roundtable discussion
Speakers will be joined by local educators to provide highlights, best practices, etc. Attendees will also have time to ask questions and share their ideas.

1:30 – 2:30 VIP tour of the 1848 Panorama of Cincinnati at Main Branch, Cincinnati Public Library (optional)