News Archive Leadership Transition Announcement With a mixture of great gratitude and a sense of loss, Primary Source's Board announces that Executive Director Julia de la Torre will be leaving Primary Source in June 2015. 8 Moments that Defined our Milestone Celebration "The 25th Anniversary Celebration was a joyful time to commemorate the wisdom, foresight and skill of our founders, Anna Roelofs and Anne Watt," said Board President Rosemary Pisano. Celebrating Board President Rosemary Pisano I discovered Primary Source in 2001-2002 when I attended a summer institute and traveled to China on back-to-back study tours. Celebrating Former Board President Buzz Birnbaum I am excited to see Primary Source expand its reach outside New England and continue to engage educators on the importance of global education in schools. Celebrating Roberta Logan Although Primary Source has grown its offerings to encompass a global perspective, it has not swayed from its vision of offering historically accurate, culturally inclusive social studies. Signature Summer Institutes Address Complex Global Issues It was a busy summer at Primary Source as we welcomed hundreds of K-12 educators across our programs, including 1 and 2-day workshops, online courses, and our two signature summer institutes. Relationship Building with CUSEF Developing relationships with funders who share our mission has always been integral to Primary Source's organizational growth. Thanks to a fortuitous introduction in 2008, Kathy Ennis, Executive Director at the time, connected with CUSEF. Administrators Get an Inside Look at China's Education System With the goal of examining the similarities and differences between the Chinese and US school systems, a group of 22 educators embarked on a special Primary Source Education Delegation to China. Primary Source is Celebrating 25 Years! We are bringing back our largest annual fundraising event, and it will be a night to remember! Celebrating Former Executive Director Kathy Ennis Relationship building was integral to my time at Primary Source, not only with funders but also with the business community, state government, and partner organizations that shared our mission. Our Co-Founders: Collaboration at its Best Anna and Anne recognized that teachers needed support, conversation, collaboration, and creativity. They set out to establish an organization with a joint mission that celebrated both of their strengths. Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Thanks Primary Source for Helping Launch Global Elective "Primary Source was so generous with their time, support and advice...it was the most important professional development course I've ever taken." Primary Source Celebrates 25 Years of Invaluable Scholar Relationships As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary year, we welcomed over 75 educators, donors, and supporters to Karoun Restaurant for a dinner lecture on the Middle East. Reading Globally: Primary Source Hosts Special Author Event To kick off our 25th anniversary year of events, we were thrilled to host author Margy Burns Knight and author/illustrator Anne Sibley O'Brien, two artists and collaborators who thrive on creating global literature that celebrates cultural differences. Primary Source Work Ignites Historic Cultural Exchange Hingham High School Assistant Principal Rick Swanson was inspired by Primary Source programs to develop an exchange with the Tennoji High School baseball team from Osaka, Japan. Celebrating Nan Braucher The Primary Source program model is unlike any other. The scholar-based teacher training and peer collaboration that made such an impact on teachers in those early years is the same model used today. Chelsea High School's Bridge Academy Hosts Cultural Museum With the ideas and resources she gained in the Cultural Proficiency summer course, Carol returned to her 9-12 grade ELL students in the fall ready to create something meaningful. Creating Synergy With Primary Source Sponsor EF Education Primary Source began partnering with EF on study tours to give our teachers an exceptional professional development experience. Thinking Like Historians with Bedford Elementary Educators When Bedford approached us about bringing a program to their 3rd grade educators, the overall objective was clear: help staff approach Social Studies curriculum as an opportunity to teach students to think like historians. Promoting Global Competencies at The Winsor School "The great work Primary Source does on their summer institutes got me thinking, maybe the summer institute format could be turned into a one-day professional opportunity." Boston Public Schools Partners with Primary Source to Craft Innovative Curriculum BPS reached out to Primary Source to design lesson activities for grades 2-5 involving close readings of informational texts. Primary Source Awarded Cabot Family Charitable Trust Grant We are thrilled to have been awarded a generous grant from the Cabot Family Charitable Trust to address diversity in Massachusetts' schools and are excited about the opportunities it will offer teachers. Meet Charlotte Mason "The entire organization has such an immense respect for teachers – something that is missing from many of the professional development opportunities out there," says Charlotte.