FAQ - NTC Professional Development Seminars | Newberry

FAQ - NTC Professional Development Seminars

What are the Newberry’s Professional Development seminars for teachers like?

The Newberry Teachers’ Consortium (NTC) Professional Development seminars are content-based classroom experiences geared towards secondary educators in the humanities. Teachers certified in Illinois are encouraged to participate for credit, as the Newberry is an official PD provider (accredited through Lake Forest College) for the Illinois State Board of Education.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020-21 teacher seminars will take place virtually via Zoom. While the format has changed, these seminars feature the same dedicated instructors, unique learning opportunities, and intellectual community central to the Newberry’s mission.

What is the pricing structure for NTC seminars?

This year’s offerings are billed by credit hour​. For example, one hour of credit is equal to 1 Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU).

The breakdown below shows our tiered pricing with accompanying rates per credit:

Tier 1

$900.00 for 60 credits ($15.00/credit)

Tier 2

$720.00 for 36 credits ($20.00/credit)

Tier 3

$450.00 for 18 credits ($25.00/credit)

Tier 4

$90.00 for 3 credits ($30.00/credit)

Tier 5

$50.00 for 1.5 credits

What are the format options for this year’s virtual PD seminars?

In order to best accommodate teaching schedules and remote learning during this pandemic, we are excited to offer three different virtual seminar options:

  • 1.5-hour Seminar (1.5 CPDUs)
    Monday - Friday, 9:30-11am or 4-5:30pm
  • 3-hour Seminar (3 CPDUs)
    Monday - Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • 3 1-hour Seminar Series (3 CPDUs)
    Same weekday three weeks in a row, 4-5pm

What are the topics covered in this year’s seminars?

The Newberry is proud to offer NTC seminars in the following subject areas:

  • American History
  • American Studies
  • European History
  • Geography & Environmental studies
  • LGBTQ+ History & Literature (NEW!)
  • Literature & Drama
  • Political Science & Economics
  • Teaching & Learning (NEW!)
  • World History
  • World Languages

You can explore our seminar schedule here.

What do I need to participate in a virtual NTC seminar?

In order to participate, you’ll need to be a registered participant in the seminar; to have access to an email account you check regularly; a phone, tablet, or computer, a webcam, and an internet connection.

I am a school administrator in charge of setting up PD opportunities for teachers. How do I register if I’m representing this group of teachers at a school or district?

  1. Complete 2020-21 Purchase Form and email to teacherprograms@newberry.org
  2. Complete the seminar Registration Form, including all participant information and seminar selections, and email to teacherprograms@newberry.org

I am an individual participant, independent contractor, retired teacher, or teacher-at-heart. How do I register for a seminar if I’m not affiliated with a school, district, or PD program?

  1. Complete 2021 Purchase Form, selecting “Tier 5,” and email to teacherprograms@newberry.org
  2. Complete the seminar Registration Form, including all seminar selections, and email to teacherprograms@newberry.org

How do I receive PD credit for the seminar?

Upon registration, you will provide us with your Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN). After you attend the entire seminar session, we will submit the paperwork to ISBE, and you will be given a copy of your proof of attendance for your own records.

Please note that in order to receive full PD credit for seminars with multiple meetings, participants are required to attend all seminar sessions in their entirety.

How will I receive any pre-reading materials prior to the seminar?

Teacher and Student Programs’ Coordinator, Cate Harriman (harrimanc@newberry.org), will send out email correspondence confirming your registration. (She will be using the email address associated with your registration materials.) Prior to the seminar, you will receive a Dropbox link with any pre-assigned reading or viewing materials for the seminar; a seminar schedule; and a Zoom link to use the day of the class.

Will virtual PD seminars be recorded and available to watch later?

We have decided not to record virtual seminars due to a variety of concerns regarding our PD accreditation, as well privacy and consent issues for both instructors and participants.

What if virtual PD seminars are not for me?

We plan to incorporate both in-person and virtual formats in the 2021-22 year, public health guidelines pending.

What other PD opportunities are available at the Newberry?

In addition to the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium (NTC), we currently offer three additional Professional Development seminar programs for teachers.

Special Seminars are sponsored by a district, school, or department for a close-knit, collaborative PD experience for a small group of teachers. Teacher Programs staff will work with individual schools or departments to develop seminars based on a topic or theme relevant to their specific Professional Development needs. The Newberry is pleased to offer half-day (3-hour) or full-day (5-hour) formats.

CPScholars is a free Professional Development program for teachers in the Chicago Public Schools. It offers intellectually stimulating, content-based seminars led by scholars from area universities and colleges. Seminar topics focus predominantly on the humanities, are related to the Newberry’s collections, and support skills emphasized by the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.

Teaching Workshops, “Race, Slavery, and Equality”: The Fall (November 21, 2020) and Spring (April 24, 2021) Teaching Workshops will address best practices for teaching primary sources in a humanities classroom; teaching themes of race, slavery, and equality in historical sources; and designing curriculum based on themes from the Jack Miller Center/Newberry Library summer seminar for teachers (August 10-12, 2020). While first priority for registration will be given to summer 2020 participants, all teachers in Illinois are encouraged to participate in the upcoming teaching workshops. These seminars are cosponsored with the Jack Miller Center, in partnership with the Roosevelt University Montesquieu Forum, with generous support from the David Spadafora Program in American History.