When we create arts learning experiences that are deeply responsive to student interests, needs, goals, and backgrounds, we spark their curiosity, unleash their imaginations, and plant the seeds for lifelong creative passions and practices. Throughout this school year, you’ll explore the benefits (and challenges) of designing your arts classroom to encourage student voice, choice, and ownership over their learning.

NEW!: At the Intensives, you’ll also be able to join discipline- and grade-band-specific Communities of Practice. Led by our Arts Instruction Specialists, teacher groups will collaborate throughout the year to deepen, apply, and adapt Intensive learning.


Arts Intensive #1: Developing Students’ Artistic Identities

August 28 and 30, 2019 | Chicago Cultural Center | 8:30am–3:30pm

“I’m bad at art.” “Why do I have to dance?” “I can’t read music.” How do we nurture students who are reluctant to engage in the arts? How can we create learner-centered classroom environments where all our students feel like successful artists? At this session, you’ll:

  • explore potential barriers to student learning in the arts, and key strategies to overcome those barriers
  • engage in collaborative creation of lessons and activities that help students (and you!) develop positive disciplinary identities
  • acquire tools and techniques that will encourage students to see themselves as capable and competent thinkers, learners, and makers of art

Download all slides and handouts from Arts Intensive #1 here.


Arts Intensive #2: Designing Student-Centered Curriculum

How can we better integrate our students’ interests, ideas, and needs when we develop arts curriculum? When and where can we encourage them to take the wheel and drive their own learning (without sacrificing depth or discipline)? At this session, you’ll:

  • explore ways to activate and increase student voice, choice, and leadership
  • engage in hands-on practice with Responding and Connecting strategies that help you activate the Standards more deeply in your classroom
  • acquire tools and techniques that will help your students develop into more independent, motivated learners, thinkers, and artmakers

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:00pm (whole-group learning from 8:30am–12:30pm; Communities of Practice meetings from 1:30–3:00pm)
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St, Chicago, IL
Clock hours offered: 4.0–6.0

TO REGISTER:

District-managed school teachers: Register in LearningHub
Course code: 47027 | Class code: 88421

Charter/contract/options school teachers (and anyone without a CPS ID): Register at bit.ly/ArtsIntensives


Arts Intensive #3: Creating Student-Driven Formative Assessments

Explore formative assessment techniques that make student thinking visible and allow you to use that thinking to differentiate and adapt instruction so that every student succeeds.

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30pm
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St, Chicago, IL
Clock hours offered: 6.0 

TO REGISTER:

District-managed school teachers: Register in LearningHub
Course code: 47028 | Class code: 88422

Charter/contract/options school teachers (and anyone without a CPS ID): Register at bit.ly/ArtsIntensives