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Newberry Teachers’ Consortium

Front cover of song and march written about the 1900 presidential election.

Front cover of 1900 Campaign March, featuring photographs of presidential hopefuls William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan, from the Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music.

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 on topics as diverse as contemporary poetry, sports history, ancient China, the European Union, and Shakespeare. Participating teachers represent more than 60 schools and 25 school districts in the Chicago area. Over 1,129 teachers signed up to participate in the 2017-18 Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars.

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

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 membership. School districts, schools, departments, and individuals are welcome to purchase any level of membership to fit their professional development needs. Districts, schools, and departments that are current NTC members use a central contact person to coordinate seminar requests, track seminar participation, and monitor membership status.

Individual educators not affiliated with a current NTC member, 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 2018-19 school year begins Friday, September 7, 2018. Each NTC member may send up to two teachers to any given seminar.


  • 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

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

Download the current NTC Membership Form and the 2018-19 NTC Seminar Listings.

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

View past Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars

Upcoming NTC Seminars

Monday, February 25, 2019
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Full. Waitlist only.
Most Americans think of the civil rights movement as a southern phenomenon, aimed at toppling the legal system of segregation that stripped African Americans of the rights the Constitution guaranteed them. But the movement also swept through the north, where it confronted a set of racial practices every bit as devastating as the South’s.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Full. Waitlist only.
Since the early 1990s, the United States government has increasingly militarized its border with Mexico, with far-reaching effects. The increased enforcement infrastructure in southern California and Texas, for instance, has funneled migrants into southern Arizona’s dangerous deserts, where thousands have died of heat exposure.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Through a discussion of readings, and an analysis of translated primary documents, we will consider the ways in which the Crusades shaped and were shaped by the religious and cultural life in Europe and the Middle East from the late 11th to the late 15th century.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
This seminar will discuss how eighteenth-century thinkers developed and understood the idea of individual human rights. They espoused the idea, embodied in the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789), that “all men are born free and remain equal in rights.” But putting this notion into practice during the age of Enlightenment proved somewhat difficult.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Herman Melville acted as both champion and critic of the rapidly changing, expanding United States of the nineteenth century.
Friday, March 8, 2019
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
This seminar will be conduced in Spanish. It will offer an overview of the history of Latinx literature in the United States, including the Nuevo Latinx Boom, and will introduce authors and major cultural, social, and political movements. The Nuevo Latinx Boom is a surge of literary production written in Spanish and published in the United States, particularly in the past two decades.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Full. Waitlist only.
This course will explore what it means to be diverse in America. While Americans are a people of wide-ranging races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and levels of wealth, this diversity presents challenges.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Full. Waitlist only.
This seminar provides a framework for teaching and reading Asian American literature at three levels of scale: world, nation, and city. At the world scale, we will discuss the political origins of the phrase “Asian American” in the late 1960s and its associations with radical forms of political activism such as the Third World Liberation Front.