|The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program works with an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and foundations. The mission of the TPS program is to: build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational of the Library’s resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources. The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K-12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.|
|Founded in November, 2000 the mission of Barat Education Foundation is to develop and support innovative educational programs that reflect the values and tradition of Barat College and its founders, the Society of the Sacred Heart. In 2009, the Foundation launched a project based citizenship initiative that educates, engages, and empowers middle-grade students, to be participative citizens in their communities and to make a reasoned commitment to the core democratic values of the United States. The Foundation partners with organizations that promote personal growth and transformational leadership in the areas of education, community development, social justice, and spirituality.|
|United States Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois has been instrumental in securing funding for this program, "The Library of Congress has a vast wealth of resources - resources just waiting to be tapped by students not just in Washington, DC, but all across the country. Thanks to [the program], teachers can receive the training necessary to harness the latest Internet technology and bring the Library's digital collections into their classrooms, enhancing their teaching and expanding the universe of knowledge available to all our students."|
The resources on this site are free to teachers and students thanks to the efforts of the Barat Education Foundation, Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program, and U.S. Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois.