The Newberry, through its Professional Development Programs for Teachers, offers content-based seminars to Chicago-area secondary educators. These seminars, led by local scholars, provide teachers with an opportunity to reflect and engage with peers in subject matter study. The seminar topics, based in the humanities and supported by Newberry collections, allow teachers to reconnect with academic interests, deepen their content knowledge, and explore current scholarship in a collegial setting. Seminar participants also gain access to material and digital resources to integrate into their curriculum. Our programs are fully accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, and participants earn continuing education credits (CPDUs) toward licensure renewal.
Educators interested in professional development at the Newberry should consider learning more about the following programs:
The Newberry Teachers’ Consortium (NTC)
NTC provides Chicago-area teachers access to the latest scholarly developments in their fields and an opportunity to discuss important content-related issues with scholars and colleagues. Seminars are organized as a series of half-day seminars in nine subject areas during the academic year. Advance registration and a membership fee are required. Learn more about the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium.
Chicago Teachers as Scholars (TAS)
TAS is a partnership established in 1999 between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Newberry. TAS offers a series of one and two-day, content-based seminars on a wide range of humanities topics. This academic year program is open to all CPS teachers. Learn more about Chicago Teachers as Scholars.
The History Channel Seminar Series
The HCSS offers three full-day history seminars open to all Chicago-area teachers. Sponsored by the History Channel, each content-based seminar is led by a scholar and includes an opportunity to view related Newberry collections and classroom-ready resources provided by the History Channel. Learn more about the History Channel Seminar Series.
Other Professional Development Opportunities
In addition to ongoing programs such as Newberry Teachers Consortium and Chicago Teachers as Scholars, the Newberry hosts a variety of seminars, symposia, and events for teachers. We collaborate with local and national organizations to provide professional development programs for Chicago-area teachers. We also work with individual schools and departments to create unique programs to meet their professional development needs.
Digital Collections for the Classroom
The Newberry’s rich collections offer many opportunities for Chicago-area educators to enrich their curricula with primary source documents like maps, photographs, cartoons, engravings, and pamphlets. Our Digital Collections for the Classroom provide documents organized around our seminar topics, and include contextual information and classroom-ready discussion questions. Learn more about the Digital Collections for the Classroom.
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