A chance to learn with and from peers in your arts discipline and grade band

As arts teachers, it can sometimes feel like you are “on an island,” with infrequent chances to connect with peers. That’s why we’ve created our Arts Communities of Practice (CoPs)—to offer you regular opportunities to learn with and from fellow arts teachers in your grade band and discipline. Facilitated by our Arts Instruction Specialists, CoPs meet regularly throughout the school year so that you can address instructional challenges and goals, share ideas and resources, and offer each other feedback and support.

In school year 2020-21, teachers at any CPS school (district-managed, charter, contract, or options) can join the following CoPs at any time throughout the year:

K–12 DANCE
Meeting frequency: First and third Tuesday of every month
Facilitators: Elisa Foshay, Gina Spears, MK Victorson

ELEMENTARY MUSIC (will address General Music and Ensembles)
Meeting frequency: First and third Monday of every month
Facilitators: Frank Cademartori, Jenai Jenkins, Leah Stephens

HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC (will address General Music and Ensembles)
Meeting frequency:
Third Tuesday of every month
Facilitators: Kelley Gossler, Leo Park

K–12 THEATRE
Meeting frequency
: First Tuesday of every month
Facilitators: Alison Connelly, Layne Drinkwater, Jeremy Guidry, Krista Motley

ELEMENTARY VISUAL ARTS
Meeting frequency
: First Monday of every month
Facilitators: Kitty Conde, Lilian Blaser

HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS
Meeting frequency
: First and third Tuesday of every month
Facilitators: Annamaria Castellucci Cabral, Lilian Blaser

All CoP meetings will be held remotely via Google Meet. Clock hours will be offered to all participants.

Want to Join a SY20-21 Community of Practice?

No advance registration for CoP meetings is necessary—just show up!

For all CoP meeting information, including monthly meeting dates, times, and Google Meet links, please access the CoP calendars linked below and navigate to the calendar in your discipline and grade band.

Seeking Visual Arts Community of Practice Facilitators!

We’re looking for experienced Visual Arts teachers to co-facilitate our Elementary and High School Visual Arts CoPs. These are paid positions, with an opportunity to be promoted to the Arts Instruction Specialist cohort for 2020-21.

If you are interested in applying, please download the application information below (includes a direct link to the application form). Applications are due October 23, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns about Communities of Practice, please email cpsarts@cps.edu.