STEAM-focused Professional Development Program for Middle School-High School 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. 

A total of sixteen teachers from eight schools in the Chicago Public School system are welcome to participate in the program. Preference will be given to CPS schools located in the South Side of Chicago.

Participant Eligibility

Teachers should apply in a team of two, preferably of different subject disciplines from the same school. South Side 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 Professional Development hours. Each school will receive reimbursement for teaching supplies for the program.

Key Components

  • On-site Orientatation session on July 14, 2018 and four online sessions guided by University of Chicago content specialists and the Oriental Institute education staff
  • Curriculum Presentation at the Educator Mini-Conference on August 18, 2018
  • Free school field trip to participate in Ancient Innovators program at the Oriental Institute Museum
  • Curriculum implementation in your classroom

Click here for the application form

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2018

For Prospective Applicants  

Applications now being accepted. Contact Public Education Department at oi-education@uchicago.edu 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