STEAM-focused Professional Development Program for K-12 Educators


Program 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 and medieval Middle East to the next generation. For schools, ancient and medieval 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 and new inventions were subsequently developed.

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, Near Eastern and Islamic archaeology, 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

K-12 teachers from all schools are welcome to apply. Teachers are South Side Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers at middle and high school level are given priority. To apply please email to register. 

Key Components

  • On-site workshops guided by University of Chicago content specialists and the Oriental Institute education staff
  • Free school field trip to participate in Ancient Innovators program at the Oriental Institute Museum after attendance at workshop(s)
  • Curriculum implementation in your classroom


    There will be two workshops in the Fall 2018 Quarter

  • Making the Past: Exploring How Ancient Objects were Built (Saturday, November 10, 9am-2:30 pm)
  • Explore Ancient Nubia (Saturday, December 15, 9am-2:30 pm)

For Prospective Applicants  

Applications now being accepted. Contact Public Education Department at to register.

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