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Newberry Teachers’ Consortium

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To aid Chicago’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Teacher and Student Programs will run virtual programs (via Zoom) for the duration of 2020-21.

The library will regularly post operations updates to our COVID-19 update page.

If you are enrolled in an upcoming NTC seminar, our cancellation policy is as follows:

• Your seminar slot will rollover into the 2020-2021 NTC season.

• If your seminar that was canceled is offered again next year, you will be prioritized on the registration list.

No further action is needed on the above two steps.

Please feel free to reach out via email at with any questions. We thank you for your understanding as we navigate this difficult situation.

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.

Last year’s seminars included exciting topics like “Penelope’s Odyssey”; “Bad Girls in Renaissance Literature”; “A History of American War Cartoons”; “Melville’s Short Fiction”; and “Gerrymandering and Voting in the United States.” Participating teachers represent more than 60 schools and 25 school districts in the Chicago area. Over 700 teachers participated in the 2018-19 Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars.

Here is what some of our participants had to say about our 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!”

Subject Groups

NTC offers seminars in ten subject areas:

  • American History
  • American Studies
  • European History
  • Geography & Environmental Studies
  • LGBTQ+ History & Literature (NEW!)
  • Literature & Drama
  • Political Science & Economics
  • Teaching & Learning (NEW!)
  • World History
  • World Languages

Seminar Format

All NTC seminars will be conducted virtually via Zoom for the 2020-21 school year. In order to best accommodate teaching schedules and remote learning, we are offering three different seminar options.

  • One 1.5-hour Seminar (1.5 CPDUs)–Monday-Friday, 9:30-11am or 4-5:30pm
  • One 3-hour Seminar (3 CPDUs)–Monday-Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Three 1-hour Seminar Series (3 CPDUs)–Same weekday three weeks in a row, 4-5pm

More details on this year’s seminars can be found on this year’s Registration Form (which will become available for download Wednesday, August 19, 2020).

Participating in NTC

NTC is a professional development program that requires the purchase of an annual registration package.

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

Individual educators not affiliated with a currently registered school district or department, 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.

Each NTC-affiliated district or school may send up to two teachers to any given seminar.

Registration Packages

Unlike past years, in which participants were billed by seminar slot, this year’s offerings will now be billed by credit hour. One hour of credit is equal to 1 CPDU. Rollover credit from 2019-20 will be equated into credit hours; one NTC (1) seminar slot from 2019-20 is equal to three (3) credit hours.

Registration for NTC 2020-21 will open on September 11, 2020.

Download the current NTC Purchase Form. The NTC Registration Form and 2010-21 NTC Seminar Schedule will be published here on August 19, 2020.

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

View past Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars.