August 13th and 14th found the TPS Western Region team of Taylor Kendal and Cindy Stout in Hays, Texas…actually in Buda just outside of Austin for a Primarily Literate workshop. We were intrigued to find out that “Buda” is an anglicanization of the Spanish word viuda meaning “widow”. Our host Amy Bradfield enlightened us with stories of the local history and the current fast-growing areas that make up Hays Consolidated Independent School District (CISD).
Our workshop consisted of over 20 teachers of grades 3 through 12, and 6 librarians from campuses all around the district. Additionally, historian Dr. Lynn Denton from Texas State University who works with the group joined us adding new and different perspectives to the learning. A lively group, they jumped right into the activities designed to engage learners in the many ways primary sources can be used in the classroom. As has happened many times before, when it came time to explore the many facets of the Library of Congress’ digital collections the room buzzed with excitement as participants eagerly shared their discoveries of new and wonderful resources to be used in their classrooms and libraries.
What was particularly impressive about this group was the cross-campus and cross-grade level work they did. It was rewarding to hear their ideas about the strategies we had shared with them and how they planned to implement them when school begins.
We enjoyed our time in Buda and appreciate the hard work and great planning of Amy Bradfield and her colleagues to gather such an amazing group of educators for a meaningful two days of learning.