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Educational Resources From Congressman Andy Barr

Educational Alternatives From Congressman Andy Barr
As we continue to confront the COVID-19 challenge, parents, educators and students are entering into unchartered territory. Although school closures have created complications to conduct traditional classroom instruction, I am inspired by so many educators and parents who refuse to allow these obstacles to prevent them from providing critical coursework and education to our students.

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some of the resources provided by the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress to bolster distance learning opportunities for students nationwide. Here are some of the social media posts from the Smithsonian detailing their offerings:

• Educators seeking #OnlineLearning resources can find free, quality lessons, activities, and recommended resources here. Smithsonian educators are also offering digital "office hours" to offer customized help for teachers.

By the People provides students of all ages with opportunities to explore unique historical documents from the collections of the Library of Congress. Deciphering and transcribing these documents can build students’ skills in close reading, examining historical context, and building interpretive consensus.

Visit the Teaching with the Library Blog for easy-to-use learning activities built around Library primary sources. The Categories list on the left-hand side can help you find your topic quickly, and new posts are added a couple of times each week!

The Library's Primary Source Sets are easy-to-use introductions to frequently taught topics that feature photos, maps, music and more, and include Teachers Guides with numerous teaching suggestions.

Student Discovery Sets are free on iBooks – Put primary sources in your children’s hands. The Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics from history, to science, to literature.

• Read classic children's books online – Turn the pages to explore bygone eras, time-honored tales and historical narratives. Adventure awaits in these classic books online.

• Hear from your favorite author – Explore past author programming on the Library of Congress’ YouTube Channel.

• Cook up a tasty meal – The Library has you covered from breakfast through dessert! Try Rosa Parks’ feather-lite pancakes, Niccolo Paganini’s ravioli with meat sauce, or Thomas Jefferson’s macaroni or ice cream.

• Explore 400+ digital collections – Access Library content from U.S. Presidents, musicians, inventors, historic American newspapers, Civil War maps, photographs, and more!

Ask a Librarian! Have a question? Need research assistance? Contact our librarians online to ask for help regarding an inquiry.

A general guide to LOC resources that parents, teachers, and students that can be used from home.

Additionally, the Science, Space and Technology Committee has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful as well. As the father of two young daughters, I understand and empathize with parents adjusting to the new realities the COVID-19 challenge has dealt to us when it comes to educating our children. We are all in this together, and we will come out together stronger than ever before.

If you would like to stay informed on what is happening in Washington, D.C. and around the Sixth Congressional District, I encourage you to sign up to receive my e-newsletter by visiting You can also contact my Lexington office 859-219-1366 or send me an email if you have any questions or concerns regarding this message or any other issue.

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