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The Barat Education Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2000 prior to the sale of Barat College to DePaul University.  At that time, the Foundation was charged with the development and support of innovative educational programs and services that reflected the values and educational tradition of Barat College.

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Library of Congress’s Teaching with Primary Sources

The Library of Congress’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program works with an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.
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Our American Voice®

The Our American Voice® program connects middle-school students to the democratic process through active community problem-solving in a program that is engaging, interactive and grounded in real life.

The program emphasizes critical thinking skills as students learn the fundamentals of American democracy and work to create positive change in their communities. Students engage in team activities, discussions and research, and partner with community agencies and elected officials to find solutions to issues in their own backyards.

OAVspace, the program’s private participant website, provides a forum for students to discuss issues, participate in on-line activities, document their work, and share their experiences with students from other OAV sites.

Students and facilitators have opportunities to:

  • Work on community issues determined by their team
  • Create multi-media presentations
  • Develop school/community presentations

Visit the Our American Voice Web Site.


CiceroCicero is a new online gaming platform that uses the excitement of elections to engage and educate students in grades 7-12 about history and civic engagement.

Cicero is available free of charge to all educators participating in Library of Congress—Teaching with Primary Sources workshops and in Our American Voice.

For an overview of Cicero’s features and functions, click here for a PowerPoint demonstration. read more »