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Metropolitan State College of Denver Receives Additional Library of Congress Funding


Posted: September 7, 2007



(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Teaching with Primary Sources-Colorado (TPS-Colorado) receives Library of Congress funding through 2010.

The $350,000 grant funds this pilot program that trains area teachers to use the over 11 million online primary source materials from the Library of Congress. Metro State was one of 10 U.S. higher education institutions awarded an initial four-year $2,000,000 Library grant in 2003 to develop TPS-Colorado (then called Adventure of the American Mind-Colorado).

“The Library of Congress considers us a model program, and the extension of our funding confirms this,” said Peggy O’Neill-Jones, TPS-Colorado director.

TPS-Colorado training benefits teachers, school districts and students.  Primary sources are snippets of history that may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, photos, interviews, and others. They often come with minimal context. Working with primary sources requires students to be analytical, to examine sources thoughtfully, and to determine what else they need to know to make inferences from the material.

The Library of Congress chose TPS-Colorado as one of four pilot regional centers this past June. That distinction allows the program to work with teachers in western states, including Utah, Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and New Mexico.

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver

Metro State is a fully-accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 60,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at www.mscd.edu.