Educational Institutions

Primary Source Inc.

  • Watertown, MA
  • www.primarysource.org

Mission Statement

Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum materials for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and given to inquiry.

Main Programs

  1. Professional Development Programs
  2. International Study Tours
  3. Library
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Primary Source's services are available to all K-12 teachers and administrators in public and private schools--locally, regionally, and nationally. In addition to working with individual educators, we have formal partnerships with over 45 schools and districts in the Boston area who receive a slate of programs and services to globalize their work with students.

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Ms. Julia de la Torre

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, Global, History, Humanities, Professional Development, Teaching, Primary, Secondary, Teacher Training

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EIN

04-2911053

 Number

7544378368

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Accomplishments: -In one year, reached over 2,500 teachers in over 60 online programs, face-to-face courses, and international study tours; these teachers impacted over 200,000 students last year. -Doubled the number of online courses we offer, going from 3 to 6 online courses, with plans for 3 more in the coming year. This flexible platform met teacher demand for accessible learning and helped us leverage limited resources to reach more teachers. -In partnership with Boston Public Schools, Primary Source designed 18 Common Core-aligned curriculum units based on global primary sources for use by all BPS 3rd-5th grade teachers. -Co-hosted the 2013 National Chinese Language Conference, attended by 1,200 educators from around the world. Scholar-experts, performers, and master teachers shared best practices in teaching about Chinese language, history, and culture. -Analyzed our current revenue streams and made a strategic decision to revise our earned revenue models to become less dependent on contributed giving. Enhanced our partnership model and developed a series of consulting services that we now offer to schools and districts. -Reached out to over 40 districts that were not currently in partnership with us, leading to a 10% increase in partnership revenue and a pipeline of prospective clients. Goals: -Design a ""theory of change"" to guide the revision of our program evaluation tools and systems and better capture the impact of our work. -Identify a new database to effectively track new clients, donors, and communities, as well as the details of our evolving relationships. Ensure that this database effectively supports our new outreach efforts across Massachusetts, New England, and beyond. -Redesign and launch a new website to improve the ways in which we communicate our mission and work. Ensure that the website better reflects the more diverse and robust slate of programs and services now available to educators.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Professional Development Programs

Primary Source's professional development programs for educators reach over 2,500 teachers a year, impacting 200,000 students annually. All courses focus on deepening teachers' understanding of world histories and cultures that are typically underrepresented in the curriculum. We have programs on Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the U.S. in a global context. Courses include: -Week-long summer institutes-Face-to-face 1-day workshops, 3-day seminar series, and afternoon programs-Online courses (4-week or 8-week)-Online webinars and book discussion groups All programs are graduate-level and carry professional development points. Some courses qualify teachers for graduate credits from an accredited institution. Our model combines academic content with pedagogical strategies for bringing global perspectives into the classroom. Scholars offer lectures, master teachers run hands-on workshops, and teacher-participants create curriculum as a result of their study.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$900,000.00

Program 2

International Study Tours

For over 17 years, Primary Source has led educators on international study tours to deepen their understanding of the world and to bring that enthusiasm for global learning to students. On average, Primary Source takes 75 teachers a year on 1-2 week tours to engage in people-to-people exchange and to explore the topics they have been studying in our courses. As a condition of travel, educators must complete a multi-day educational program with Primary Source and create an original curriculum that they will implement upon their return. Travelers explore a research question while on tour, collect artifacts and materials to bring back to the classroom, and build a professional network that remains strong long after the tour is over. All tours include an academically-rich orientation and a follow-up session where teachers share their curriculum with others. Primary Source has taken educators to China, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Ghana, Benin, Peru, Turkey, and the Dominican Republic.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$300,000.00

Program 3

Library

The Primary Source Library is an education resource library with approximately 7,150 items—books, curriculum units, and films. Library patrons are elementary and secondary educators, and the collection is developed with them as the audience. The overarching goals of the library are to provide high-quality materials for teachers to use to develop their own knowledge of world regions, histories, and cultures and to provide them with materials they can use with students in their classrooms. Over 2,100 people hold library cards and can check materials out from the collection. Since 2009, the library has been creating online resource guides to increase the reach of the library collection beyond the physical space in Watertown, MA. These online resource guides allow us to enhance print bibliographies created prior to 2009 and create dynamic webpages with embedded videos, RSS news feeds, and links to digital tools.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$95,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Primary Source's services are available to all K-12 teachers and administrators in public and private schools--locally, regionally, and nationally. In addition to working with individual educators, we have formal partnerships with over 45 schools and districts in the Boston area who receive a slate of programs and services to globalize their work with students.

Funding Needs

Capacity Building and Program Development: Increase staff positions to develop more online courses and resources in order to reach a more diverse array of teachers from around the country. Develop capacity to do more targeted outreach to school districts and provide customized services to meet changing needs in the education landscape. Build a more robust collection of courses on cultural proficiency to meet the demands of the changing demographics in Massachusetts and across our country. Evaluation and Impact: A stronger, more centralized data collection and evaluation component to measure the impact of our programs on partner districts and schools, on individual teachers, and on the students they serve.Marketing and Communications: A more robust marketing and communications team to expand our reach both locally and nationally.Technology and Infrastructure: New or upgraded database, software, and tech support to maintain more robust communications and tracking systems. Creation of a new and improved website to showcase our mission and work and to better serve the needs of our clients.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Women in Development

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

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PRIMARY SOURCE INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Julia de la Torre

BIO

Julia brings an extensive background in domestic and international education to Primary Source. A former French language teacher, Julia has also taught English in Morocco and Moldova, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2003-2005. A 2006 graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Julia studied international education policy with a particular interest in education in countries undergoing major transition or conflict. During her graduate studies, Julia conducted fieldwork at WorldTeach in Cambridge, MA, where she developed their first-ever standardized training curriculum.Committed to global education in public schools, Julia served as the Global Studies Coordinator for the International School of the Americas in San Antonio, TX, an anchor school for the Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network. Julia led a team of teachers from across the country to develop standards and rubrics for world language classrooms in the Asia Society network.From 2006 to 2010, Julia served as a Program Director for Primary Source, developing courses and leading study tours for educators. Julia helped build Primary Source's Latin America program, which is now thriving. In addition to co-leading study tours to Ghana and China, Julia developed and led the organization's first study tour to Latin America, with a focus on service-learning. Julia has expertise in educational technology and global education, which she has expertly combined in Primary Source's first-ever online courses and curriculum. Now as Executive Director, Julia brings her vision of blended learning to Primary Source, promoting both face-to-face and online means to provide high-quality professional development for teachers.She holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from the Boston University School of Management, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. from Haverford College.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Rosemary Hoey-Pisano

No Affiliation

Term: Sept 2011 - Sept 2013

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