STEAM-focused Professional Development Program for K-12 Educators

An Overview

Our field trip and educator programs are the most effective avenue for the Oriental Institute to fulfill its mission to bring an accurate understanding of and appreciation for the ancient Middle East to the next generation. For schools, ancient Middle Eastern history lends itself as a natural lens to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) as it is the time and place where the earliest innovations took place.

The Teacher Cohort Academy offers teachers a structured pathway to collaborate with their school colleagues as well as professionals in the fields of archaeology, Egyptology, curation, artistry, engineering, and museum education while exploring STEAM subjects in the ancient world through various primary sources including artifacts, historical archives, narratives, and authentic research data.

Participant Eligibility

Teachers should apply in a team of two, preferably of different subject disciplines from the same school. Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers at middle and high school level are given priority.

Teacher Benefits

Teachers who are selected will participate in the program for free, and will receive 30 Clock Hours (formerly CPDUs) or 2 Lane Credits. Each school will receive reimbursement for teaching supplies for the program.

Key Components

  • Four monthly sessions in the fall guided by the University of Chicago content specialists and the Oriental Institute education staff
  • School field trip to participate in Ancient Innovators program the Oriental Institute Museum
  • Curriculum implementation in classroom
  • Curriculum Presentation at the Educator Mini-Conference in the spring

For Prospective Applicants  

Please check back for application details. Contact Public Education Department at for questions.

Common Core State Standards Alignment

  • English Language Arts College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
  • English Language Arts in History/Social Studies
  • English Language Arts in Science & Technical Subjects
  • Mathematical Practices

Next Generation Science Standards Alignment

  • Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • Earth's Place in the Universe
  • Earth's Systems
  • Earth and Human Activity
  • Engineering Design