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 re-inspire them to model the love of learning for their students.
Seminar topics focus predominantly on the humanities, are related to the Newberry’s collection, and align with the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. Science, math, and current events topics may also be incorporated into the seminar schedule.
TAS seminars take place over a one, two, or three-day period during the week and are held at the Newberry throughout the calendar year. Seminars are scheduled from 9 am to 3 pm each day unless otherwise indicated. TAS seminars typically include a show and tell component featuring relevant primary source materials from the Newberry’s collection. Participants earn up to five CPDU credit hours per program day for attending a TAS seminar.
All program costs affiliated with participation in TAS, including program materials, meals, and substitute coverage, are covered by grants and private donations.
The Newberry and the Chicago Public Schools are grateful to the Polk Bros. Foundation for a major grant that enables Chicago Teachers as Scholars to support public education by offering high-quality professional development programs for CPS teachers. Thanks is also owed to the JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation for their generous gift in honor of Joan and Bill Brodsky, and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago for providing partial funding for the Latin American civilization-based seminars.
Register online for 2013-14 TAS seminars.
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For questions or more information, please contact Teacher Programs staff.
Upcoming TAS Seminars
Writing on the eve of “The Great War,” Chicago lawyer, author, and art collector Arthur Jerome Eddy declared: “The world is filled with ferment.” Although the thrust of Eddy’s essay was a critical discussion of innovations in modern art, he equally acknowledged the “ferment of new ideas” in politics, social reform, science, business, and poetry.