Beyond the Textbook

Equity, Engagement, and Primary Sources in the Classroom

The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) is proud to announce Beyond the Textbook: Equity, Engagement, and Primary Sources in the Classroom, a free conference to support K-12 educators in collaboration with archivists and librarians focused on integrating primary sources to support diversity in the classroom.

The conference will take place from 9 – 5:30 on October 1, 2022 at LaSalle University.

Attendees will receive morning snacks and lunch and are welcome to stay for a closing reception.

To register, go to:

Shermann “Dilla” Thomas, Keynote Speaker!

Shermann “Dilla” Thomas, is an urban historian and TikTok star, who has made appearances on several national radio and TV shows, including the Today show.  Mr. Thomas will be discussing his efforts to democratize American history and spark hope in urban communities through an understanding of place-based history.  His work emphasizes our collective past and lifts the stories of those who are often relegated to the footnotes of history.  See examples of his work here:

Mr. Thomas is also working with Netflix on a Chicago-based series, bringing historical fiction to the small screen.

Confirmed Speakers

Keynote, Sherman “Dilla” Thomas, Urban Historian

The Importance of Teaching with Physical Primary Sources in Social Studies

Tolgahan Ayantaş, Research Assistant, Ankara University, Turkey (Virtual)

Dr. Yıldız Deveci Bozkuş, Lecturer, Ankara University, Turkey (Virtual)

La Salle Art Museum/History Hunters Youth Reporter Program

Miranda Clark-Binder, Art and Museum Educator

Rachel Corma, Director of Education, Stenton Museum

Digitized Wartime Correspondence: Out of the Archives, Into the Classroom

Chloe Gerson, Reference & Instruction Archivist, Brandeis University

Speed Dating with Archivists

Robin Landes, Kenneth J. Miller, and Saida Elbahlouli (Former IB Student), Prince William County Schools / Gar-Field High School

Stories of Trauma and Resilience told through the Narratives of Hip-Hop

Dr. Trent McLaurin, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies and Special Education, LaSalle University

Social History for Every ClassroomAn LGBTQ+ Primary Source Collection for Middle School Classrooms

Jubilee Marshall, Archivist/Public Historian, New York University

Hands-On History: Primary Sources and Special Collections in the Classroom (Virtual) 

Dr. Dana Sheridan, Cotsen Education & Outreach Coordinator, Princeton University

Creating an Archive: Developing Primary Source Literacy Skills in a 3rd Grade Classroom

Marissa Vassari, Education Program Manager, Rockefeller Archives Center

Can You Hear Me Now?: New Strategies for Discovering Primary Sources

Dr. Heather Willever-Farr, Special Collections Librarian, LaSalle University

Beth Lander, Managing Director of PACSCL

Kayla van Osten, Assistant Archivist, Widener University