TPS-GSU GAZETTE:  August/September Table of Contents

  • National Focus:  Commemorating September 11, 2001
  • State Focus:  TPS-GSU Presentations by our Alumni
  • Lesson Plans: Constitution Day Treasure Map
  • Upcoming Programs and Workshops for you at TPS-GSU

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NATIONAL FOCUS:  Commemorating 9-11 from the Library of Congress

My Country This of Thee, Brittany Woodward, 2001 (Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.)

My Country Tis of Thee, Brittany Woodward, 2001 Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.


September 11, 2001, Documentary Project – Collection Connections

Based on a similar project created after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the September 11 Documentary Project documents eyewitness accounts, expressions of grief and other commentary on the events of September 11, 2001. Included in this presentation are photographs, drawings, audio and video interviews and written narratives. Of special interest are interviews with people who were in Naples, Italy at the time of the attacks.


STATE FOCUS:  Happenings with TPS-GSU Teachers Alumni

Tim Wulf, language arts and social studies teacher at Timber Ridge Middle School, Plainfield CCSD 202, was accepted to present  Historical and Hysterical Political Cartoons from the Library of Congress at the National Conference for Social Studies SS annual conference to be held November 13-15 in New Orleans, LA.  Tim will be participating in the TPS-GSU Coaches and Leadership Online Training to begin in October 2015.  There is still time to apply for this.         

Sue Lynch, TPS-GSU, Program Specialist and TPS-GSU Coach and Dr. Lucianne Brown, Director of TPS-GSU will present Engage Students to Bring Primary Sources to Life in Cross Curricular CCSS Classrooms with Mobile Learning at the Teaching the Past for Tomorrow,  at UCLA, in Los Angeles, CA, November 5-6, 2015.

The TPS-GSU Team will be presenting the Level II TPS Workshop for Teachers in Lemont School District in January and February of 2016.  Remember this is an example of how we can come to your district to provide rich professional development.

==>We have one more very special announcement about another of our alumni, Gale Carter! 

The Education Department at the Civil War Trust has developed an award for Teaching Excellence that is named after Gale Carter, a TPS-GSU Alumni and teacher at East Chicago High School, and one of their board members, Mary Abroe, who is an enthusiastic supporter of their educational mission.

Gale Carter

GALE CARTER, Co-Recipient of the First Abroe-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence

We are so pleased to announce that Gale Carter was presented with this impressive award at a banquet of the Teacher Institute on Saturday, July 18th. These two remarkable educators were the first recipients of the Abroe-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence.

In their announcement to Gale Carter, the Civil War Trust stated: “We are very excited about this new award we created and the work you have done with your students reflects the kind of hands-on, inquiry, primary source based teaching we like to see. This award will be given to teachers, in the future, like yourself who bring creativity, imagination, and rigor to their instruction of the Civil War. CONGRATULATIONS!!!”

The entire TPS-GSU Team joins in offering enthusiastic congratulations to you, Gale! 

LESSON PLANS:  Constitution Day – Sept 17th


Based on popular request ;-) we would like to re-direct you to the Lesson Plan we designed for Constitution Day last year.

Please follow the link below for a ready-to-go lesson plan that will engage your students in inquiry-based learning with easy-to-implement technology.

September 2014: Commemorate Constitution Day with a 21st Century Treasure Map.   


TPS-GSU:  Upcoming Professional Learning Offerings

Coaches Online Training: Deadline to apply is Sept 1st.  Please use this form to apply:

Hybrid Course for Graduates and Undergraduates: Only 4 days face-to-face.  Register here for Fall EDUC 7212 -Teaching with Primary Source:

Digital Story Telling:  2-day live training, September 19 & October 3.  Register here: