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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, September 29, 2008 — The Educational Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profit think tank on education, was awarded a one-year contract by the Library of Congress to evaluate its Teaching with Primary Sources program.
The Library of Congress's Teaching with Primary Sources program works with a national consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction. Teaching with Primary Sources builds on the success of the Library's previous outreach initiatives, particularly the American Memory Fellows and An Adventure of the American Mind programs, which reached more than 10,000 teachers. Professional development activities provided under the Teaching with Primary Sources program include seminars, graduate courses, workshops, distance learning courses, and mentoring to teachers of all disciplines.
As part of this contract, EPI will formulate and test metrics for the Teaching with Primary Sources program to evaluate the effectiveness and ultimately the impact of its program methods and content, including curriculum, pedagogy and delivery modes, on teacher knowledge and practice. EPI also will assist Library of Congress staff in the management of the piloting of teaching materials, especially teacher-created lesson plans, in preparation for a summative evaluation of the Teaching with Primary Sources program to be conducted in 2009.
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The Educational Policy Institute is a 501(c)3 corporation based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with offices in Winnipeg, Canada, and Melbourne, Australia. The mission of the Educational Policy Institute is to “expand educational opportunity for low-income and other historically-underrepresented students through high-level research and analysis.” For more information on EPI or its evaluation work, visit www.educationalpolicy.org.