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Newberry Teachers’ Consortium

E.A. Burbank’s portrait of Pahl-Lee, a Hopi Indian woman. Call number VAULT oversize Ayer Art Burbank No. 60.

To aid Chicago’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Newberry is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Due to these recent developments, all library programs, including remaining seminars for the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium 2019-2020 term, have been canceled, effective immediately.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility while we navigate this unprecedented situation. We care deeply about the health and well-being of the Newberry community. We will continue to monitor the situation and consult information from the CDC and the Chicago Department of Public Health to determine the next course of action. The library will regularly post updates to our website at

If you are enrolled in an upcoming NTC seminar, our cancellation policy is as follows:

• Your seminar slot will rollover into the 2020-2021 NTC season.

• If your seminar that was canceled is offered again next year, you will be prioritized on the registration list.

No further action is needed on the above two steps.

Please feel free to reach out via email at with any questions. We thank you for your understanding as we navigate this difficult situation.

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 throughout the program year. Our 2019-20 seminars feature topics as diverse as U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture, Penelope’s Odyssey, and Native American and Indigenous Forms of Resistance. Participating teachers represent more than 60 schools and 25 school districts in the Chicago area. Over 700 teachers participated in the 2018-19 Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars.

View the 2019-2020 NTC Seminar Schedule here.

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
  • Teaching & Learning (pedagogy, education administration, etc.)

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 $150 each, and are limited to twenty participants.

Participating in NTC

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

Individual educators not affiliated with a currently registered school district or department, 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 2019-20 school year begins Friday, September 6, 2019. Each NTC-affiliated district or school may send up to two teachers to any given seminar.

Registration Packages

  • 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

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

Registration for NTC 2019-20 will open September 6, 2019.

Download the current NTC Slot Purchase form, NTC Registration Form, and the 2019-20 NTC Seminar Schedule.

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

View past Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars.