Chicago Teachers as Scholars

José Guadalupe Posada. "Remate de Calaveras: La Catrina" in 36 Grabados. 1943. Wing folio ZX 995 .P84.
José Guadalupe Posada. "Remate de Calaveras: La Catrina" in 36 Grabados. 1943. Wing folio ZX 995 .P84.

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 re-inspire 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. Science, math, and current events topics may also be incorporated into the seminar schedule.

Seminar Format

TAS seminars take place over a one, two, or three-day period during the week and are held at the Newberry throughout the calendar year. 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.

Program Costs

All program costs affiliated with participation in TAS, including program materials, meals, and substitute coverage, are covered by grants and private donations.


The Newberry and the Chicago Public Schools are grateful to the Polk Bros. Foundation for a major grant that enables Chicago Teachers as Scholars to support public education by offering high-quality professional development programs for CPS teachers. Thanks is also owed to the JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation for their generous gift in honor of Joan and Bill Brodsky, and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago for providing partial funding for the Latin American civilization-based seminars.

Register online for 2013-14 TAS seminars.

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For questions or more information, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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Upcoming TAS Seminars

Monday, June 23, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Indians in the Archives : Reading Representations of American Indians

What do historical images of American Indian peoples tell us about the evolving relationships between Indians and non-Indians? What valuable information about our past and ourselves can we glean from artworks that portray indigenous peoples and also the materials that were used to create them?

Friday, June 27, 2014
Religion and Secularism in Renaissance Literature : More, Castiglione, and Machiavelli

Were the classic Renaissance works of Sir Thomas More (Utopia), Baldassare Castiglione (The Courtier), and Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince) intended to be handbooks to promote a secular society or did these writers intend their books to express piety and argue on behalf of the role of religion in people’s lives?

Thursday, July 10, 2014
City of the Big Shoulders : Chicago Poetry in the Twentieth Century

By the 1920s, the city of Chicago was a hub for the production and circulation of modernist art, music, and literature. The centrality of Chicago and the mobility of its inhabitants generated an aesthetic of openness and experiment that was particularly hospitable to the major writers and artists of the era.