RPS 205 librarian selected for Library of Congress program

An elementary school librarian in the Rockford Public Schools is in Washington, D.C., this week attending a prestigious program with the Library of Congress. Mary Kowing is one of 26 educators in the United States to participate in the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. She was chosen from a pool of more than 300 applicants. This is the second consecutive year the Library of Congress chose an educator from RPS 205. Last summer, Heather Frankfort, a third grade teacher at Brookview School, attended the program. Kowing said...

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100 years and lots of lessons for RPS 205 students at Brookview

One thing Sam Valenza has kept — in his long time on this Earth — is a sense of humor. Brookview School teacher Heather Frankfort thought it would be fun for her students to meet a 100-year-old man for the 100th day of school.  But Valenza was ready for some fun of his own.  He began the question-and-answer session with a question. “Anybody 100 here? I am!” Valenza spoke to Frankfort’s third grade students Feb. 4 about topics as varied as his favorite color (green), favorite ice cream (vanilla) and whether he grew up...

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Teacher touches history at Library of Congress

Heather Frankfort was one of only 28 educators in the United States to be selected for a summer institute at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The third-grade teacher from Brookview School was the only person from Illinois selected to receive training in teaching with primary sources. So you might expect the Library of Congress had big plans for Mrs. Frankfort and the other participants, beyond putting them in a room with a bunch of documents and treating them like the students they teach. That was the point. For three days of the...

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Brookview teacher to explore ‘raw materials of history’

Heather Frankfort, a third-grade teacher from Brookview School, leaves June 21 for a five-day summer institute with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Frankfort was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants for the program. She will be able to use the library’s vast collection of primary sources and learn more about using primary sources in learning. Primary sources include maps, articles, photography or videos that provide a firsthand account of history. Mrs. Frankfort says such sources are especially effective at engaging...

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