The CPS Department of Arts Education sets the standards for an equitable and accessible arts education in all four art forms (dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art) for all students across the district by consulting, training, and strategically planning with teachers, administrators, and schools.

Department of Arts Education Goals
  • All CPS students have regular access to high quality arts education (dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art) during the school day.
  • All arts instruction is based on a high-quality, standards-based curriculum and assessments that align to the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • Student progress and teacher performance are measured in a consistent, meaningful way and the data is used to improve decision-making for arts programming.
Department Staff

Anna Alvarado
Deputy Chief, Office of Teaching and Learning

Rachel Claff
Arts Education Manager of Professional Learning
rclaff@cps.edu
773.553.6153
Designs and implements all professional development activities for arts teachers, Arts Liaisons, and administrators in arts leadership

Jeff Waraksa
Arts Education Manager of Student Achievement
jtwaraksa@cps.edu
773.553.6132
Develops arts curricular materials and tools that drive achievement for all students in the visual and performing arts, and managing district-wide students programs including: Music Festivals, All-City Performing Arts, Advanced Arts @ Gallery 37

Melisa Rutkelis
Arts Education Specialist
mrutkelis@cps.edu
773.553.6093
Responsible for coordinating student programs and district-wide curriculum resources for teachers and administrators.

Peter Stover
ATLAS Program Coordinator, Arts Integration Specialist
pstover@cps.edu
773.556.9204
Coordinates a professional learning program for lead arts teachers at the district’s Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster Program that focuses on arts integration and digital media.

 

 

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