In addition to ongoing programs such as Chicago Teachers as Scholars, the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium, and the History Channel Seminar Series, the Newberry offers other professional development opportunities to Chicago-area teachers.
These content-based programs, often co-sponsored with another educational or cultural organization, bring teachers to the Newberry to delve into a humanities-based topic in a small group setting. As with other Newberry programs for teachers, scholars with active teaching and research interests in a particular field lead the seminar. Teachers have the opportunity to explore and discuss the latest scholarly research and explore ways to adapt this research for the classroom. Many of these programs also feature close interaction with the Newberry’s collection and provide participants with classroom-ready resources to use and share with colleagues.
Teacher Programs staff will work with individual schools or departments to develop seminars based on a topic or theme relevant to their professional development needs. For these seminars, participants benefit from close interaction with the seminar instructor and the Newberry’s collections, as well as seminar readings and classroom-ready resources. In addition to discussion of the latest scholarship, participants explore how to implement ideas and materials from the seminar into their classroom teaching with colleagues from their school or department.
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These individual appointments provide K-12 educators with an opportunity to create unique classroom content while engaged in scholarly research at the Newberry. Using primary source materials from the Newberry’s collection, fellowship recepients work with library staff to develop digital teaching resources that support the Common Core State Standards. Research fellowships for teachers are currently awarded on a yearly basis. Learn more about the Newberry Teacher Fellowship.
Interested in moving beyond the clash of civilizations narrative surrounding topics like the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire, and the “rise and spread of Islam” as presented in your textbook?