Arts teachers are core to creating and sustaining quality arts programming in schools. The Department of Arts Education supports arts teachers through continual and connected professional development that addresses curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the arts for all kinds of arts learning experiences. As well, the Department provides opportunities for teachers to recognize student achievement and excellence in the visual and performing arts through exhibition and performance programs. Together, these streams of work ensure that the arts play a major role in the education of young people.


For key CPS Arts Education resources:

Arts Education Unit/Lesson Plan Template

CPS Arts Addendum to the Framework for Teaching

Presentation for new arts teachers

Presentations for current and past professional developments

CPS Arts Quick Reference Guide

Forthcoming new Illinois Arts Learning Standards

REACH Performance Tasks for the Visual and Performing Arts


please visit the CPS Knowledge Center ( available online.