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.
Over 820 teachers are signed up to participate in the 2014-15 Newberry Teachers’ Consortium. The Newberry is pleased to offer 38 seminars on diverse topics, such as “Art as a Weapon: The Black Chicago Renaissance of the 1930s and 1940s,” “Challenges Facing Russia and Ukraine in the 21st Century,” “The Great Gatsby on Screen and In Context,” “The Economics of Emerging Markets,” “The Mexican Revolution and Its Legacy,” and “First World War: The Significance of the “Great War” Then and 100 Years Later.” Participating teachers represent 61 schools and 28 school districts in the Chicago area.
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
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.
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For questions or more information, please contact Teacher Programs staff.
Upcoming NTC Seminars
This seminar has been rescheduled. Please note the new date above.
This seminar cultivates strategies for teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in relation to its film adaptations, privileging the 1974 and 2013 versions. First, we will discuss prompts students can answer during their reading or before a screening, facilitating richer responses to the movies’ images, sounds, and scene structures.
The economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of gentrification are all important, both in terms of the foundations of the process and potential responses to it. This seminar will overview the key terms and theories necessary to understand the process of the ‘upgrading’ or ‘revitalization’ of previously disinvested urban neighborhoods.