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Music Donation – Thank You!

The Department of Arts Education would like to thank Laura Johnson from Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream!  She generously indexed and donated over 30 boxes of choral sheet music and music curricular materials to Chicago Public Schools.  Teachers and schools will be able to borrow these materials district-wide, and we wanted to recognize Laura’s incredible charity!

2016 Arts Education – Back to School Professional Development


Monday August 29th   or   Tuesday August 30th

For All CPS Licensed/Endorsed Arts Teachers:
Visual Arts,
Media Arts,

The Arts Education Back to School PD is a one-day professional learning event hosted on two different days. Arts teachers can choose which day works best for them and their schools. This PD will provide an opportunity to understand:

  • Arts as a Tier 1 strategy in the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework,
  • To see what the arts as a Tier 1 strategy look like in the classroom,
  • To plan how the arts as a Tier 1 strategy would work in their school or classroom on a practical level.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Bettina Love from the University of Georgia, will provide practical examples of the arts as a Tier 1 strategy to prepare teachers for success in achieving the following outcomes:

  • Identifying how the arts support the components of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support as a Tier 1 strategy,
  • Giving voice to students’ authentic experiences through arts learning supports their academic, social and emotional, and health/wellness education and success, and
  • Practicing classroom strategies that give voice to students’ authentic experiences through quality questioning/discussion techniques (as referenced in CPS Framework for Teaching 3b).

Dates, Times, Registration, and Location

  • Monday August 29, 2016 from 8:30am – 3:00pm Learning Hub Class Code: 65025
  • Tuesday August 30, 2016 from 8:30am – 3:00pm Learning Hub Class Code: 65139

The Location in Learning Hub is currently listed as Lyric Opera of Chicago, however the final location has NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED.  Communication will be sent to all registrants once a location has been finalized.  Thank you for your understanding.

Learning Hub Instructions

  1. Go to and sign in.
  2. In the center of the Welcome page, there is a box titled “Search for Learning”.  Enter the Learning Hub Class Code in the search box, and hit the (>>) button.
  3. Two options will appear.  Choose which date you would like to attend (8/29/16 or 8/30/16) and click on the corresponding “Enroll” button.
  4. Complete your registration, and you will receive an email notification with successful enrollment.

#KeepTheArts Video

Click here to view #KeepTheArts advocacy video

Now that school budgets have been released, this is the time to #KeepTheArts in our Chicago Public Schools.  Please view the video created by our partner organization, Ingenuity Chicago.

CPS Jazz Groups to perform at Chicago Jazz Festival


Chicago Community Trust – Roof Top Jazz
(at the Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace, Millennium Park)

11:30 – 12:00  Lenart and Harold Washington Elementary  School Jazz Combos
12:15 – 12:45  Jones College Prep Jazz Combo
1:00 – 1:30     Whitney Young Magnet High School Jazz Combo
2:00 – 2:40     Curie High School Jazz Ensemble
2:55 – 3:35     Pritzker College Prep Jazz Ensemble
3:50 – 4:30     Kenwood Academy Jazz Ensemble

All performing groups received SUPERIOR ratings at the CPS Jazz Festival this year, and the stage is supported by the Chicago Community Trust and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

Come out this Labor Day weekend to support our CPS musicians!

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