We are committed to supporting CPS teachers in refining and improving their arts education practices. Every year, we offer a number of engaging professional learning events in a variety of formats, tailored to the needs of our arts educators, advocates, and partners.

Arts Professional Learning 2018–2019: Cultivating Conditions for Growth

This year’s comprehensive catalog of arts professional learning is our most extensive and ambitious yet. Together with Ingenuity, we are offering over 60 learning events—all free of charge and designed to advance arts teaching and learning across the district.

Download the catalog for registration details and information on other learning sessions offered this school year.


Highlights of 2018-19 Learning Sessions for Arts Teachers

Click on the buttons below to find information and registration details for future sessions, and to download useful resources from sessions that have already taken place. 

Standards-Focused Learning Sessions

Mastering the Standards (August, November, February)
These full-day, interactive learning sessions give teachers a fundamental understanding of how the updated Illinois Arts Learning Standards promote best practices in arts education, and offer practical techniques and resources for aligning instruction, curriculum, and assessment.


Standards in Action: Demonstration Sites (October, March)
Observing excellent, real-time teaching and learning is a great way to learn techniques and approaches to try in the classroom. In these sessions, Arts Instruction Specialists will open their classrooms for other teachers to observe and discuss high-quality, standards-aligned practices.


Standards in Action: Lesson Feedback Sessions (February, May)
Arts Instruction Specialists will facilitate these sessions where teachers will share Standards-aligned lessons, ask questions about them, and get constructive feedback from peers in their discipline and grade band.


Lesson Labs

Lesson Labs are arts learning sessions proposed, planned, and delivered by CPS teachers for CPS teachers. Learn about upcoming Labs or propose a Lab of your own:


Arts Education Conference 2019

The Department of Arts Education is proud to partner with Ingenuity to present the 2019 Arts Education Conference: Cultivating Conditions for Growth at Benito Juarez High School on April 5, 2019. Learn more about the conference and how to submit proposals for sessions: