As a Magnet Cluster Lead Teacher (MCLT), administrator, or other educator at a Fine and Performing Arts School, you have access to yearly professional learning events to help you hone skills and strategies to support your schools’ implementation of the Fine & Performing Arts Schools Standards for Success.


Expectations for Professional Learning Attendance

Magnet Cluster Lead Teachers at Fine & Performing Arts Schools are expected to attend the Standards for Success professional learning series. Attendance by other members of a school’s Arts Leadership Team and school administrators is optional, but encouraged, at these sessions.

Additionally, other educators at Fine & Performing Arts schools (in the arts and other subjects) are encouraged to attend F&PA professional learning opportunities (when available) to support school-wide efforts to implement the Standards for Success.

Engagement in Networked Improvement Communities (NICs) and attendance at Program Focus Incubation Meetings is dependent on individual school needs. For more information on how to join a NIC or an Incubation Meeting, please email Christine Rudy-Reed at creed18@cps.edu


The Standards for Success Series

This series is specifically designed for MCLTs and Arts Leadership Team members of Fine & Performing Arts Schools. During these sessions, participants will dive deep into the Fine & Performing Arts Schools Standards for Success. These sessions will also provide the unique opportunity for collaboration between Fine & Performing Arts School educators across the district.. 

Date(s)TimeTitleParticipantsLearning Hub course and class codes
October 8, 2020 (tentative)TBDStandards for Success: Session 1MCLTs and Arts Leadership Team members (administrators and other educators also encouraged to attend)TBD
January 14, 2021 (tentative)TBDStandards for Success: Session 2MCLTs and Arts Leadership Team members (administrators and other educators also encouraged to attend)TBD
March 18, 2021 (tentative)TBDStandards for Success: Session 3MCLTs and Arts Leadership Team members (administrators and other educators also encouraged to attend)TBD
May 13, 2021 (tentative)TBDStandards for Success: Session 4MCLTs and Arts Leadership Team members (administrators and other educators also encouraged to attend)TBD

Networked Improvement Communities

Networked Improvement Communities (NICs)—similar to Communities of Practice or PLCs—provide teams across multiple Fine & Performing Arts Schools the opportunity to collaborate on a common identified problem of practice or identified area for improvement within the Standards for Success. Schools and MCLTs may be grouped based on affinity, level of engagement, mastery, self-assessment data, and collaborative discussion.

More information on NIC sign-up and meeting cadence will be shared soon. For more information on how to join a NIC, please email Christine Rudy-Reed at creed18@cps.edu


Program Focus Incubation Meetings

These meetings are specifically designed to support schools that have been awarded a new programmatic focus and are entering their first incubation year. During these meetings, school teams will work with the Department of Arts Education on their incubation plan. These meetings will also provide the unique opportunity for collaboration between incubating STEM, STEAM, and Fine & Performing Arts schools.

Date(s)TimeTitleParticipantsLearning Hub course and class codes
June 17, 202011:30am-12pm(on-demand module available)Program Focus Incubation Welcome MeetingSchool administration teams (other educators also encouraged to attend)TBD
Summer 2020 (dates vary by school)Varies by schoolFine and Performing Arts School Incubation Kickoff and Intake MeetingSchool administration teamsTBD
September 2020 (date TBD)TBDProgram Focus Incubation Meeting 1Principals, MCLTs, Arts Leadership Team membersTBD
December 2020 (date TBD)TBDProgram Focus Incubation Meeting 2Principals, MCLTs, Arts Leadership Team membersTBD
February 2021 (date TBD)TBDProgram Focus Incubation Meeting 3Principals, MCLTs, Arts Leadership Team membersTBD
May 2021 (date TBD)TBDProgram Focus Incubation Meeting 4Principals, MCLTs, Arts Leadership Team membersTBD

To Register for Professional Learning

CPS teachers from district-managed schools: Visit learninghub.cps.edu and search learning by course or class code (above; TBD).

Charter/contract/options school teachers: Please fill out this form to register for the session(s) you wish to attend.


Other Arts Professional Learning Offerings

Every year, the CPS Department of Arts Education offers a number of district-wide arts professional learning sessions in a variety of formats. MCLTs and other Fine & Performing Arts School educators are encouraged to attend these sessions whenever possible (in addition to the sessions listed above).


Do you have questions about Fine & Performing Arts Schools professional learning? Please contact Christine Rudy-Reed, Fine & Performing Arts School Specialist, at creed18@cps.edu or (773) 553-2161.