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Newberry Teachers’ Consortium

Front cover of song and march written about the 1900 presidential election.

Front cover of 1900 Campaign March, featuring photographs of presidential hopefuls William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan, from the Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music.

The Newberry Teachers’ Consortium offers a series of intellectually stimulating, content-based seminars led by scholars from 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.

The Newberry is pleased to offer dozens of seminars on topics as diverse as contemporary poetry, sports history, ancient China, the European Union, and Shakespeare. Participating teachers represent more than 60 schools and 25 school districts in the Chicago area. Over 830 teachers signed up to participate in the 2015-16 Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars.

Subject Groups

NTC offers seminars in eight subject areas:

  • American history
  • American studies
  • European history
  • Geography and environmental studies
  • Literature and drama
  • Political science and economics
  • World history
  • World language

Seminar Format

Seminars are three hours long and take place on weekdays during the school year at the Newberry. Seminars are scheduled from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated, and are followed by a catered lunch. Participants earn up to three ISBE professional development credit hours for attending an NTC seminar.

The Newberry Teachers’ Consortium Plus seminars (NTC+) are five hour seminars that allow teachers to dive deeper into the seminar content. The extended seminar also provides participants with an opportunity to work with the Newberry’s rich collection of primary sources. NTC+ seminars cost $125 each, and are limited to twenty participants.

Participating in NTC

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

Individual educators not affiliated with a current NTC member, including retired teachers, are welcome to participate. A group of individual educators registering through one contact may purchase slots together for a volume discount.

Registration is limited to 20 participants per seminar and is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for the 2016-17 school year begins Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Each NTC member may send up to two teachers to any given seminar.


  • Tier 1: $1,800 for 20 seminar slots / $90 per seminar for each additional slot
  • Tier 2: $1,260 for 12 seminar slots / $105 per additional seminar up to 19 slots
  • Tier 3: $720 for 6 seminar slots / $120 per additional seminar up to 11 slots
  • Tier 4: $145 per seminar for 1–5 slots

Members that would like to purchase additional seminar slots above their membership level will be billed a prorated rate for each additional seminar up to the next membership level (e.g. a member at the School level wishing to purchase 18 slots would purchase their School Membership at the rate of $1260 plus $105 for the additional 4 seminars, for a total of $1680).

Download the current NTC Membership Form. View the NTC 2016-17 Seminar Listing.

For more information about the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

View past Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars

Upcoming NTC Seminars

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is one of the great novels of the nineteenth century. It is simultaneously a sweeping story of love and revolutionary politics, justice and mercy, social reform and spiritual inquiry. It has inspired countless readings and adaptations.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Full, waitlist available
Since the early sixteenth century, Mexico has been a multi-cultural and multi-racial society. How was such a diverse society understood and depicted during the “Age of Enlightenment” at the end of the colonial period?
Monday, February 27, 2017
Full, waitlist available
Every English sentence tells the story of historical contact with other people and other languages, including speakers of Celtic, Latin, Old Norse, Norman French, Native American languages, and African languages - just to name a few. Language contact continues to be an important theme in the history of English today.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Full, waitlist available
This seminar will explore how Lin Manuel Miranda has refashioned early American history to resonate with present-day issues such as immigration, citizenship, and upward mobility.
Monday, March 6, 2017
The Middle Ages are all around us: in television shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings, video games about the Crusades, neo-Gothic architecture, even a Pepsi commercial featuring David Beckham fighting thugs in medieval armor.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Full, waitlist available
This seminar explores the history of American ideas and practices of policing, with a particular focus on slavery and the status of free African Americans in the nineteenth century. We will begin by examining the 18th-century concept of “police” and its relationship to more commonly understood ideas about liberty and equality.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Full, waitlist available
On September 30, 1968 George Wallace came to Chicago. From Midway his motorcade raced to the Loop, where his staffers had a glistening open-top limousine waiting for him. He climbed into the back, planted himself between the driver and passenger seats, and braced for the car to start moving.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Full, waitlist available
Defiant daughters and wayward sons, domineering dads and absent mothers-the typical Shakespearean family is anything but functional, characterized by all manner of problematic and contentious relationships.