Education Outreach: Professional Development

The Tennessee State Library and Archives offers regular content-based, primary source workshops for educators. If you would like to have the Library & Archives provide professional development for educators in your community, please contact Kelly Wilkerson at 615-253-3469 or by email at


Turning Points in History: Using Language Arts & Social Studies Standards to Explore Moments of Change

The Tennessee State Library & Archives is pleased to offer our in-person workshop series for the 2023-2024 school year! During these workshops, we will explore ways social studies & language arts standards can be implemented together in the classroom.

Using diverse mediums such as historical speeches, diaries, political cartoons, newspapers, and other informational texts, we will provide opportunities for educators to discover activities that build student background knowledge and engage the classroom in a cross-curricular approach.

Activities will focus on the integration of English Language Arts into American History through the use of primary sources based on the collection of the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The history topics we will explore will focus on the social studies content found in 4th, 5th, 8th, and High School American history courses.

Participants receive:

  • 6 Professional Development Hours
  • Lunch

To Register: Choose the appropriate location for you below and follow the link to register.


Date: September 30 

Location: National Civil Rights Museum

**This workshop has reached capacity. To be added to the waitlist, please email

Johnson City

Date: Tuesday, October 17

Location: Holston River Regional Library


Date: Thursday, October 19

Location: East Tennessee Historical Society


Date: Wednesday, November 15

Location: The Teacher Place


Date: Saturday, January 20

Location: Central Services South Building, CMCSS


Date: Wednesday, January 24

Location: Stones River Regional Library


Date: Thursday, February 8

Location: Hatchie River Regional Library


Date: Wednesday, February 21

Location: Buffalo River Regional Library


Date: Saturday, March 2

Location: Tennessee State Library & Archives


Date: Wednesday, June 5

Location: Falling Water Regional Library

This workshop series is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives. Learn more about NHPRC at

Questions? Send email to


Tennessee Talks: Piecing Together Tennessee History

Tennessee Talks: Piecing Together Tennessee History is a webinar series presented by the Tennessee State Library & Archives. Each month beginning in October 2023 and running through April 2024, teachers will have an opportunity to listen and engage with Library & Archives staff and History teachers from around the state. Teachers can expect to explore innovative ways to teach primary sources that will keep students engaged with the Tennessee Social Studies Curriculum Standards. These hour long sessions will be at 4 p.m. (Central) 5 p.m. (Eastern.)

Register for the series or individual webinars here!

Questions? Email

This webinar series is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) a division of the National Archives. Learn more about NHPRC at https://www.archives/gov/nhprc.