Metropolitan State College of Denver
Metropolitan State College of Denver ("Metro State"), a public urban baccalaureate institution that serves more than 21,000 students, is one of the largest public four-year colleges in the U.S. and enrolls more transfer students than any other college or university in Colorado. Its location in Denver enables Metro State to provide students with an individualized and relevant higher education that includes a diverse, downtown community.
Metropolitan State College of Denver joined the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program in October 2007 following participation in the 4-year pilot program An Adventure of the American Mind. TPS-Colorado's goal is to develop a professional development network that reaches out to Colorado educators to support the use of Library of Congress primary source-based instruction in the classroom.
Among its innovative programs and partnerships, TPS-Colorado is currently working on the When History Happens Project in collaboration with the Bibliographic Center for Research, Colorado State Library and the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection, the Post-News Educational Services, and the Council for 21st Century Learning. When History Happens is offering professional development for Colorado educators this summer to support historical inquiry connected to the 1908 Democratic National Convention held in Denver--a historical event that will be repeated in August when Denver hosts the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC). A three-day When History Happens conference will be held at Metro State on July 30, 31, and August 1 to help educators prepare their students to participate and learn about the political process using 21st century learning strategies—using primary sources to investigate and understand the past while experiencing a momentous present. Please visit http://whenhistoryhappens.org for information about this project, which will be active during the DNC with updates from inside the convention by participating teachers. The site features an online learning community, blogging, twittering, wikis, and learning resources that educators may use to make history "as it happens" a meaningful and relevant learning experience for students. To learn more about TPS-Colorado's other professional development offerings and resources, please visit http://tpscolorado.mscd.edu.