Chicago Teachers as Scholars is a professional development program exclusively for Chicago Public Schools teachers. TAS offers a series of intellectually stimulating, content-based seminars led by scholars from area universities and colleges. These seminars offer participants an opportunity to reconnect with the world of scholarship in their content areas and reinspire them to model the love of learning for their students.
Seminar topics focus predominantly on the humanities, are related to the Newberry’s collection, and align with the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
TAS seminars take place over a one-, two-, or three-day period during the week and are held at the Newberry. Seminars are scheduled from 9 am to 3 pm each day unless otherwise indicated. TAS seminars typically include a show and tell component featuring relevant primary source materials from the Newberry’s collection. Participants earn up to five CPDU credit hours per program day for attending a TAS seminar.
Registration for TAS is free and open to all Chicago Public Schools teachers on a first-come, first-served basis. Full substitute coverage is provided for participating teachers during the school year.
For more information about TAS, please contact Teacher Programs staff.
Upcoming TAS Seminars
Writing on the eve of “The Great War,” Chicago lawyer, author, and art collector Arthur Jerome Eddy declared: “The world is filled with ferment.” Although the thrust of Eddy’s essay was a critical discussion of innovations in modern art, he equally acknowledged the “ferment of new ideas” in politics, social reform, science, business, and poetry.