Chicago Teachers as Scholars is a professional development program exclusively for Chicago Public Schools teachers. TAS offers a series of intellectually stimulating, content-based seminars led by scholars from area universities and colleges. These seminars offer participants an opportunity to reconnect with the world of scholarship in their content areas and reinspire them to model the love of learning for their students.
Seminar topics focus predominantly on the humanities, are related to the Newberry’s collections, and support skills emphasized by the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
TAS programming includes full-day and multi-day seminars held at the Newberry. Unless otherwise indicated, seminars are scheduled from 9 am to 3 pm each day and include a catered lunch. TAS seminars typically include a show and tell component featuring relevant primary source materials from the Newberry’s collections. Participants earn up to five ISBE professional development credit hours per program day for attending a TAS seminar.
Registration for TAS is free and open to classroom teachers in all Chicago Public Schools, including district-run, charter, and contract schools, on a first-come, first-served basis. Full substitute coverage is provided for participating teachers during the school year.
For more information about TAS, please contact Teacher Programs staff.