Professional Development Programs for Teachers

Newberry Library, Illinois State Normal University, Course of Study (1893)
Illinois State Normal University, Course of Study. 1893. I 83.4343.

The Newberry coordinates a variety of professional development programs for Chicago-area educators, including seminars focused on humanities topics. Led by university and college faculty, these seminars connect educators with the latest scholarship in the subject areas in which they teach and offer participants the opportunity to renew their academic interests, deepen their content knowledge, and collaborate with fellow teachers in a collegial setting. In partnership with Lake Forest College, Newberry Teacher Programs is an authorized provider of professional development credit hours for licensure renewal as recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Educators interested in professional development at the Newberry should consider learning more about the following programs:

The Newberry Teachers’ Consortium (NTC)

NTC provides Chicago-area teachers with access to the latest academic developments in their fields and an opportunity to discuss important content-related issues with scholars and colleagues. This program is organized as a series of half-day seminars in eight subject areas during the academic year. Advance registration and a membership fee is required. Learn more about the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium.

Chicago Teachers as Scholars (TAS)

TAS is a partnership established in 1999 between the Chicago Public Schools and the Newberry. TAS offers a series of full-day seminars on a range of topics that connect to the Newberry’s world-renowned collections. Currently offered during the summer months, this program is open to all CPS teachers. Learn more about Chicago Teachers as Scholars.

Other Professional Development Opportunities

In addition to ongoing programs, the Newberry hosts a variety of special programs and events for teachers. We collaborate with local and national organizations to provide professional development programs for Chicago-area teachers. We also work with individual schools and departments to create unique programs to meet their professional development needs. Learn more about other programs for teachers.

K–12 educators interested in creating digital teaching resources using primary sources from the Newberry’s collection may apply to the Newberry Teacher Fellowship program. Learn more about Newberry Teacher Fellowships.

Digital Collections for the Classroom

Research extends beyond the Newberry’s reading rooms with our growing collection of digital resources. The Digital Collections for the Classroom website features unique primary source documents organized thematically with contextual essays and discussion questions. Learn more about the Digital Collections for the Classroom or other digital resources from the Newberry.

For more information about our programs, please contact Teacher Programs Staff.

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