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 learning that addresses curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the arts for all kinds of arts learning experiences.

The Department also 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.


Key CPS Arts Education Resources

CPS Arts Addendum to the Framework for Teaching

Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the Arts

New Illinois Arts Learning Standards (note: new standards take effect SY18-19)

REACH Performance Tasks for Arts Education SY17-18 – Elementary

REACH Performance Tasks for Arts Education SY17-18 – High School