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An Adventure of the American Mind: Joining Educators and Students With Library of Congress Resources

K-12 Teacher Workshops

Workshop Series

Phase II Workshops Summary | Workshop Support Documents
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The second phase (Phase II) of the AAM program is delivered through a series of in-school workshops. Although each workshop module is standardized, the modules can be "snapped"' together in many different configurations to create a custom curriculum that will meet individual school, or school system needs. Like Phase I the goal is to train in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers to use the on-line resources of the Library of Congress. However, far more teachers can be trained without an increase in overall program costs.

This approach is currently being developed and field-tested. It will be phased in during the 2003-2004 year.


The workshop series is divided into modules. These modules can either be taught individually, requiring one afternoon session for each module, or linked together, creating larger, full-day sessions. The modules are designed in such a way that the workshop series can be individualized to the time constraints of the teachers’ and the schools' schedules. For example, one school may choose for its teachers to meet two afternoons per month for the entire school year while another school chooses for its teachers to meet one afternoon per week and all day on two workdays, thus completing the series within a semester.

Grade Levels

The modules have been developed taking into account cognitive and affective age differences, and are available at four different grade levels:

K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


A complete workshop series is 35 hours in length. A one-year time period is allotted for completion of these hours; however, schools may opt to complete the hours in one month, one semester, etc.


Individual AAM Partners can modify the modules to meet individual school system needs. Any partner can also develop new modules at any time. This system is fully flexible and extensible

An Adventure of the American Mind is a Library of Congress funded program, administered through the ERC.
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