Teacher and Student Programs | Newberry

Teacher and Student Programs

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The mission of Teacher and Student Programs is to provide content-based, active learning experiences to challenge, inspire, and empower teachers and students.

The Newberry coordinates a variety of professional development programs for Chicago-area educators, as well as educational programs for Chicago-area and suburban school students. Led by university and college faculty, teacher seminars focused on humanities topics connect educators with the latest scholarship in the subject areas in which they teach. They also offer participants the opportunity to renew their academic interests, deepen their content knowledge, and collaborate with fellow teachers in a collegial setting. In partnership with Lake Forest College, Newberry Teacher Programs is an authorized provider of professional development credit hours for licensure renewal as recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. School programs focus on instilling a love of learning, engagement with primary sources, and making oneself at home at a research library such as the Newberry.

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 with access to the latest academic developments in their fields and an opportunity to discuss important content-related issues with scholars and colleagues. This program is organized as a series of half-day seminars in eight subject areas during the academic year. Advance registration and a membership fee is required. Learn more about the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium.


CPScholars, formerly named Teachers as Scholars (TAS), is a program designed specifically for Chicago Public School educators. CPScholars offers a series of free full-day seminars on a range of topics that connect to the Newberry’s world-renowned collections. This program is currently offered once a year, and is open to all CPS teachers. Learn more about CPScholars.

Other Professional Development Opportunities

In addition to ongoing programs, the Newberry hosts a variety of special programs and events for teachers. We collaborate with local and national organizations, such as the National Council for the Social Studies, 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. Learn more about other programs for teachers.

K–12 educators interested in creating digital teaching resources using primary sources from the Newberry’s collection may apply to the Newberry Teacher Fellowship program. Learn more about Newberry Teacher Fellowships.

Digital Collections for the Classroom

Thanks to our extensive digital resources, one’s research can extend beyond the Newberry’s physical walls. The Digital Collections for the Classroom website features unique primary source documents organized thematically with contextual essays and discussion questions. These materials are geared towards educators and student researchers. Learn more about the Digital Collections for the Classroom and other digital resources from the Newberry.

Programs for Students

The Newberry Library offers several innovative and age-appropriate programs for K-12 students, including exhibition tours, collections field trips (for students in either 8th grade or 14 years of age and up), and in-class school visits with primary sources. All of our programs are developed in collaboration with subject specialists and align with Common Core standards. For more information, please visit our Programs for Students page.

For more information about our programs, please contact Teacher Programs Staff.