JA teacher to participate in national program

Megan Shilling, an educator at Jonathan Alder Junior High School in Plain City, 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 for the week of July 6-10.

Shilling is an eighth grade American History teacher.

Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of kindergarten through 12 grade educators to attend one of its five 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 participate in and develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and share with colleagues.

“Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of kindergarten through 12 grade education,” a spokesperson said. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators, in addition to classroom teachers.

“Those selected 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 kindergarten through 12 grade education,” the spokesperson said.

For more information, visit www.loc.gov.