Welcome to the Magnet Cluster Lead Teacher Toolkit! Here you can access and download resources and tools to support you in the Magnet Cluster Lead Teacher (MCLT) role and to support your CPS Fine & Performing Arts School.

This suite of tools and resources is designed for Fine & Performing Arts School MCLTs, Arts Leadership Teams, other teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders as they work to align their school’s systems, structures, and practices to the Fine & Performing Arts School Standards for Success.


Fine & Performing Arts School Overview Documents

Fine & Performing Arts School Definition: Defines what it means to embody a Fine & Performing Arts program at your CPS school.

Magnet Cluster Lead Teacher (MCLT) Role Definition: Defines the role and responsibilities of a Magnet Cluster Lead Teacher (MCLT) in a Fine & Performing Arts School.

Arts Leadership Team Definition: Defines the role and responsibilities of an Arts Leadership Team in a Fine & Performing Arts School.

Fine and Performing Arts Schools Standards for Success

The newly released Fine & Performing Arts School Standards for Success, developed across six key areas of excellence, are guideposts to ensure the arts are flourishing in CPS Fine & Performing Arts Schools. These standards outline best practices and expectations in the areas of mission-driven, distributed leadership; institutional capacity; school structures; high-quality classroom practice in arts education and arts integration; and community and career connections—all aspects of a school community that embodies a fine and performing arts focus. 

Downloadable Standards for Success: The current Standards for Success in CPS Fine & Performing Arts Schools.

Standards for Success Addenda: Additional considerations and recommendations for arts classroom spaces, best practices in arts teaching and learning, and quality arts assessments in CPS Fine & Performing Arts Schools.

Standards for Success Self-Assessment: Take the Standards Self-Assessment, a diagnostic tool designed to capture current practice aligned to the Standards for Success. We encourage multiple stakeholders in each school (arts teachers, teachers in other subject areas, administrators, LSC members, etc.) to take the assessment to capture a variety of perspectives. Once your school has completed the self-assessment, the Department of Arts Education will share an individual school data report with school leadership.

Standards for Success Tools & Resources

1. Mission-Driven, Distributed Leadership

Building Mission and Vision Statements: Use this document to build your understanding of a mission statement, a vision statement, and parallels and comparisons between the two.

More Mission and Vision Tools and Resources coming soon!

2. Institutional Capacity

CIWP Planning Companion Guide: Access the CIWP Planning Companion Guide, designed to support schools as they incorporate content area instruction, such as arts education, and programmatic focus areas, such as Fine and Performing Arts,  into their Continuous Improvement Work Plan. 

Professional Learning Plan Tools and Resources coming soon!

3. School Structures

School Structures Tools and Resources coming soon!

4. High Quality Classroom Practice – Single Strand Arts Education

Illinois Arts Learning Standards Toolkit: Access our Illinois Arts Learning Standards Toolkit for resources that help arts teachers align classroom practices to the updated Illinois Arts Standards.

5. High Quality Classroom Practice – Arts Integration

Arts Integration Toolkit: Access our Arts Integration Toolkit for resources that help teachers practice effective arts integration.

Additional Arts Integration Resources coming soon!

6. Community and Career Connections

artlook map: Search for potential arts partnerships for your school using this interactive map.

Additional Community and Career Connections Tools and Resources coming soon!


Fine and Performing Arts Schools Professional Learning

The Department of Arts Education offers multiple opportunities throughout the school year for MCLTs, Arts Leadership Teams, teachers and administrators from Fine & Performing Arts Schools to learn strategies and acquire tools for aligning school-wide systems and structures to the Standards for Success.

If you have questions about the MCLT Toolkit or about CPS Fine & Performing Arts Schools, please email Christine Rudy-Reed, Fine & Performing Arts School Specialist, at creed18@cps.edu.