Fall Brings Changes to Teacher Programs

Staff Changes
The fall brings transition to Professional Development Programs for Teachers.  This past August, Victor Benitez, the department’s program assistant, moved to Washington, D.C.  In mid -September, Mark Hurst and Charlotte Wolfe joined the teacher programs staff as program coordinators. Finally, at the end of September, Brodie Austin left the Newberry to begin his new position as the Web Services librarian at the Des Plaines public library.

First, let me introduce the new staff members, Mark and Charlotte, who joined the Teacher Program team in the middle of the 2011-12 program registration frenzy. Mark Hurst will coordinate Chicago Teachers as Scholars, a grant-funded program for Chicago Public School teachers, and the History Channel Seminars Series. In 2010-11, these two programs served 230 teachers from over 60 Chicago area schools.  Mark has a graduate degree from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Public Policy and has experience teaching secondary history in Chicago Public Schools. He studied History and Political Science at DePaul University and, most recently, worked in local politics for City Council of Chicago and Illinois State Senate candidates. Mark is an avid rock ‘n’ roll fan and reader of Cold War, economic and intelligence history.

Charlotte Wolfe also joined the teacher programs staff as a coordinator and will be responsible for the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium. Last year, this subscription-based program brought 754 suburban and independent school teachers from 56 schools to the Newberry. Charlotte graduated from UNC Greensboro in May of 2011 with an M.A. in  History and Public History. Her extensive experience in museum education and public programming includes work at the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Canterbury Shaker Village Museum, the National Museum of American History, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Nantucket Historical Association Museum. She enjoys baking, learning tango, and exploring and learning more about Chicago.

Hana Layson completes the additions to the Newberry’s teacher program staff. Hana is the coordinator for the Digital Collections for Classroom Use. She joined the team in March and has been diligently expanding the digital collections library. Hana received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago where she specialized in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature. In addition to developing the Digital Collections for Classroom Use, Hana teaches in Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies, the Illinois Humanities Council’s Odyssey Project, and the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium. She also works as a freelance editor and writer in educational and scholarly publishing. She will be writing about her progress on this project in forthcoming blogs.

Program Updates:
Both the Newberry Teachers Consortium (NTC) and the Teachers as Scholars (TAS) program opened registration on September 8th. Since that time over 700 teachers have been registered in the NTC seminars, and 140 CPS teachers have enrolled in the TAS seminars.  There are still spaces available in both programs. Visit the program webpages for more information.

Program links:
Newberry Teachers’ Consortium http://www.newberry.org/teacherprograms/ntc/index.html and
Teachers as Scholars http://www.newberry.org/teacherprograms/tas/index.html

The History Channel Seminar Series (HCSS), a three seminar program open to all Chicago-area teachers, will open for registration on Monday, October 24th. This year’s “theme” Building a Democracy was inspired by the political changes in the Middle East as well as the growing protest movements across the US. The three 2011-12 seminar topics will focus on political dissent (Friday, December 9, 2011, led by Robert Johnston of UIC), immigration (Friday, March 2, 2012 led by Daniel Greene of the Newberry) and challenges to the power of the Federal government (Friday, May 25, 2012 led by Jim Sparrow of the University of Chicago). These are full day (9 am - 3pm) programs. Participants receive 5 CPDUs as well as a plethora of resources from the History Channel. For registration information go to:
http://www.newberry.org/history-channel-seminar-series
Resources:
Teachers no longer have to go to PBWorks site to acces the digital collection resources. The Digital Collections for Classroom Use are now available for easy download in PDF at http://publications.newberry.org/teacherdocs

Working Karl Stolley, of IIT, we are in the midst of creating a new website that will present the images in high resolution, will be fully searchable, and allow for individual item download. The high resolution images will be viewable from a variety of devices - handhelds, tablets, and small laptops. The site should go live in December.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Professor Bruce VanSledright of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, will be speaking at the Chicago History Museum about his book, “The Challenge of Rethinking History Education.”  He will address the practical difficulties and opportunities history teachers face as the try to teach students inquiry skills such as research, argumentation, and source analysis which are becoming a greater part of the curriculum, in particular Common Core. In addition to his talk, a panel of successful, experienced high school history teachers will also discuss the book in relation to their own inquiry-based classroom practice.  The event will be preceded by a reception and an opportunity to tour the first floor of the Chicago History Museum. 

This event is co-sponsored by Loyola University, University of Illinois at Chicago, National Louis University, Chicago History Metro Education Center, Chicago History Museum, and the Newberry Library.

CPDUs, copies of the book for purchase, and giveaways will be available.

When: 6-9pm on Tuesday, November 1  Where: Chicago History Museum  Tickets available through ChicagoHistory.org

Please register at:http://chicagohistory.org/education/educatorprograms

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