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.
The Newberry is pleased to offer dozens of seminars on topics as diverse as contemporary poetry, sports history, ancient China, the European Union, and Shakespeare. Participating teachers represent more than 60 schools and 25 school districts in the Chicago area. Over 830 teachers signed up to participate in the 2015-16 Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars.
NTC offers seminars in eight subject areas:
- American history
- American studies
- European history
- Geography and environmental studies
- Literature and drama
- Political science and economics
- World history
- World language
Seminars are three hours long and take place on weekdays during the school year at the Newberry. Seminars are scheduled from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated, and are followed by a catered lunch. Participants earn up to three ISBE professional development credit hours for attending an NTC seminar.
The Newberry Teachers’ Consortium Plus seminars (NTC+) are five hour seminars that allow teachers to dive deeper into the seminar content. The extended seminar also provides participants with an opportunity to work with the Newberry’s rich collection of primary sources. NTC+ seminars cost $125 each, and are limited to twenty participants.
Participating in NTC
NTC is a subscription-based program that requires the purchase of an annual membership. School districts, schools, departments, and individuals are welcome to purchase any level of membership to fit their professional development needs. Districts, schools, and departments that are current NTC members use a central contact person to coordinate seminar requests, track seminar participation, and monitor membership status.
Individual educators not affiliated with a current NTC member, 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. Registration for the 2017-18 school year begins Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Each NTC member may send up to two teachers to any given seminar.
- Tier 1: $1,800 for 20 seminar slots / $90 per seminar for each additional slot
- Tier 2: $1,260 for 12 seminar slots / $105 per additional seminar up to 19 slots
- Tier 3: $720 for 6 seminar slots / $120 per additional seminar up to 11 slots
- Tier 4: $145 per seminar for 1–5 slots
Members that would like to purchase additional seminar slots above their membership level will be billed a prorated rate for each additional seminar up to the next membership level (e.g. a member at the School level wishing to purchase 18 slots would purchase their School Membership at the rate of $1260 plus $105 for the additional 4 seminars, for a total of $1680).
For more information about the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium, please contact Teacher Programs staff.