by Jeff Laughlin


Emily Cagle knows exactly what she got herself into.

As a first-grade teacher at Winston-Salem’s Meadowlark Elementary School, she applied for a summer program at the Library of Congress.

“Our school staff received an e-mail about the opportunity and I was immediately drawn to it,” Cagle said.

Each year, the Library of Congress sends a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of five teacher institutes in Washington DC. They select from schools of differentiating means and populations to work with primary sources. Cagle will have contact with raw materials of history like original documents and objects that were created at pivotal historical moments. Then, educators have to select their topic to research.

Through all the excitement, Cagle remains focused on helping her students.

“I am excited about making the creation and implementation of the United States Constitution more concrete and understandable for students,” she said.

There is no better place than the largest library in the world to learn.

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