Professional Development for Teachers | Newberry

Professional Development for Teachers

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Today’s busy teachers need time to breathe, re-set, meet other educators, and explore new ideas for their classrooms. To help teachers build on their knowledge and update their toolkits, the Newberry offers a series of content-based Professional Development seminars. Led by Chicago-area scholars and Newberry subject specialists, these seminars allow teachers to learn at one of the world’s premier research libraries.

Seminars for Illinois Teachers

In the ever-changing world of K-12 education, this Professional Development series provides Illinois teachers with ideas and resources they can apply in their classrooms. Led by scholars and educators from the Chicagoland area and beyond, these humanities-focused seminars create space for teachers to learn, connect with peers, and explore the Newberry’s collection as scholars.

We offer two seminar formats: seminars that last three hours and provide three CPDUs (Continued Professional Development Units); and seminars that run for six hours (including a one-hour lunch break) and provide 5 CPDUs.

In order to receive CPDU credits, participants must attend the seminar in its entirety.

Three-hour seminars cost a flat rate of $150 per seat. For administrators and school districts that are purchasing six or more seats, the rate is $120 per seat.

Six-hour seminars cost $200 per seat. This rate is reduced to $170 per seat when purchasing six or more seats.

We offer several professional development opportunities throughout the school year. Registration for this year’s seminars for Illinois Teachers will open Monday, September 12, 2022 at 8 a.m. CST.

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Seminars for Chicago Public Schools Teachers

This professional development series brings CPS educators to the Newberry to grow as classroom professionals, pedagogy specialists, and ambassadors of knowledge. Our humanities-focused seminars emphasize skills-building and content related to the Common Core Standards; in English Language Arts and History/Social Sciences. Topics align with CPS curricula and are relevant to students’ lives both in and out of the classroom. Seminars explore everything from gender and sexuality in Shakespeare to the history of redlining in Chicago.

This program is generously funded by the Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation.

Attendees receive five Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for each seminar.

All Chicago Public School teachers and administrators in the CPS system qualify for this free program. Attendees will also receive a $200 stipend for participating in a seminar at the Newberry. Educators may qualify for an additional sub coverage stipend to offset their home district’s substitute expenses.

CPS teachers and administrators get priority access to seminar registration. Illinois teachers not in Chicago Public Schools are welcome to apply, but we cannot guarantee their spot in a seminar. All registrants will be notified of their acceptance to the seminar three weeks before it starts.

You can view the seminar calendar and register on Learning Stream, the Newberry’s event registration platform, beginning Winter 2023.

Teacher Testimonials

Here is what some of our participants had to say about Newberry teacher programs:

“Thank you for your programming. Attending a Newberry Seminar is always one of the most enjoyable and beneficial professional development experiences of the school year.”

“It’s hard to find time to take deep dives into various topics, so professors who are experts in the area have valuable information for me.”

“These seminars are some of the ONLY PDs I’ve attended over the past 11 years of my teaching career that treat teachers as professional, intelligent academic leaders.”

“I love that it’s just a day for me to ‘nerd out’ and learn about something interesting to me!”