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Opportunities for Chicago Public School Teachers

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To aid Chicago’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Teacher & Student Programs will run virtual programs (via Zoom) for the duration of 2020-21. We are unable to accommodate class groups at this time.


CPScholars (previously named “Teachers as Scholars”, or TAS) is a professional development program that offers 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 inspire them to model the love of learning for their students. Seminar topics focus predominantly on the humanities, are related to the Newberry’s collections, and support skills emphasized by the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.

Virtual History Teaching Workshop

Navigating Difficult Topics in American History: The Color Line

Saturday, April 24, 2021

9:30am - 3:30pm

Led by Dr. Tikia K. Hamilton

For years, many activists and educators have sounded the alarm with regard to racism and the need to pursue racial justice in this country. Yet, recent years have called the world’s attention to these matters perhaps like no other time in last several decades. It is clear that much of the racial tension that surrounds us is rooted in history: How are we to help our students navigate difficult topics that shed light upon the overt and structural causes of recent events? As a continuation of past Newberry teacher seminars that focused on topics of race, slavery, and democracy in History curriculum, this workshop seeks to provide educators with an understanding of how racism shaped the political and cultural landscape in the post-Emancipation/Civil War years through the early half of the 20th century. Emphasizing African American history primarily, the session will cover the birth of anti-black stereotypes (and blackface), as well as Jim Crow and structural racism. We will also devote attention to anti-black violence (including lynching and race riots).

The workshop will proceed with a lecture in the morning, followed by discussion in which we hope all will participate. Additionally, we will devote the second half of the workshop to developing practical uses for the classroom, including a demonstration of classroom-friendly digital tools like the Newberry’s own Digital Collections for the Classroom.

Instructor Bio

Tikia K. Hamilton has extensive experience in the areas of teaching history. She earned her Ph.D. in History in 2015 from Princeton University, where she focused on Black efforts to achieve educational equality prior to Brown. Centering the experiences of Black women in her scholarship, she also earned a masters in African American Studies from Columbia University and a BA in History from Dartmouth College. She has taught at a number of independent schools in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, including most recently at the Latin School. Working as a consultant, she operates Triple Ivy Writing and Educational Solutions, is a Newberry Scholar-in-Residence, and currently teaches at Loyola University.

This seminar is free to attend. Registration is open to all K-12 teachers. Chicago Public Schools teachers are highly encouraged to apply. Applications are now being accepted. Apply here.

For more information about CPScholars, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

View past Chicago Teachers as Scholars seminars