Newberry Teachers’ Consortium

Elizabeth Champney. Three Vassar Girls Abroad. 1886. Wing ZP 883 .E757.
Elizabeth Champney. Three Vassar Girls Abroad. 1886. Wing ZP 883 .E757.

The Newberry Teachers’ Consortium offers a series of intellectually stimulating, content-based seminars led by scholars from Chicago-area universities and colleges. The seminars aim to reconnect teachers with the world of scholarship in their content areas and re-inspire them to model the love of learning for their students.

During the 2013-14 school year, approximately 700 teachers participated in 39 seminars on diverse topics, such as “Television and American identity,” “Interpreting the Ottoman Past,” “The Great Gatsby on Screen and In Context,” “The EU Financial Crisis,” “Reading and Writing with Comics,” and “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North.” Participating teachers came from 61 schools representing over 28 school districts in the Chicago area.

Subject Groups

NTC offers seminars in nine subject areas:

  • American History
  • American Studies
  • European History
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography and Environmental Science
  • Library Science
  • Literature and Drama
  • Political Science/Economics/Government
  • World History

Seminar Format

Each seminar is three hours long and takes place on weekdays at the Newberry. Seminars are always scheduled from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm unless otherwise indicated. Participants earn three CPDU credit hours for attending an NTC seminar.

Participating in NTC

NTC is a subscription-based program that requires the purchase of an annual membership. School districts, schools, departments, or individuals are welcome to purchase any level of membership to fit their professional development needs. Districts, schools, and departments that are NTC members use a central contact person to coordinate seminar requests, track seminar participation, and monitor membership status.

Registration is limited to 20 participants per seminar and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Each NTC member may only send two teachers to any given seminar.


  • Individual Membership: $140 per seminar
  • Department Membership: $690 for six seminar slots
  • School Membership: $1,200 for 12 seminar slots
  • District Membership: $1,700 for 20 seminar slots

Download the current NTC Membership Form.

Access the seminar readings.

For questions or more information, please contact Teacher Programs Staff.

View past Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars