We know that as a CPS arts teacher, it may sometimes feel like you’re practicing on an “island,” with infrequent chances to learn with and from peers in your discipline and grade band. To offer the kind of deep collaborative learning that will have lasting impact on your professional practice, we’re creating district-wide Communities of Practice (CoPs) of elementary and high school arts teachers in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts and Theatre.

Facilitated by our Arts Instruction Specialists, CoPs will convene during full-day Arts Intensives to identify and discuss shared problems of practice to investigate and solve together. Between Intensives, CoPs will meet remotely or face-to-face to set goals around the challenges you’re working on, share ideas and resources, and offer each other constructive feedback. You’ll also have a chance to share the results of your work with others at Intensives, the Arts Education Conference in April 2020, and possibly even nationwide!


Take your practice to a whole new level by joining an Arts CoP at our first Arts Intensive on Wednesday, August 28 or Friday, August 30! (Note: If you are unable to attend the first Intensive, you will still have the chance to join already-established CoPs at other specific points during the 2019-20 school year.)