Seeing exemplary arts teaching and learning in action—and having the opportunity to discuss it in detail with other teachers—is an invaluable way to discover new techniques and approaches, connect with colleagues, and renew your passion for teaching. At these sessions, Arts Instruction Specialists open their classrooms for their peers to observe them as they lead high-quality, standards-based lessons in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and media arts. A one-hour debrief after observation allows attendees to analyze the teaching and learning they just saw, ask questions of the host and students, and explore how to transfer and adapt techniques and tools for their own classrooms.

Substitute teachers for hosts and attendees are paid for by the Department of Arts Education.

REGISTRATION IS VERY LIMITED FOR ALL DEMONSTRATION SITE SESSIONS. If you sign up, you will be asked to confirm your attendance, and any unconfirmed registrants will be dropped from the list. Confirmed registrants who do not attend without notifying the Department of their absence at least one (1) week in advance of the session (barring emergencies) will not be considered to attend Demo Sites in the future.

CPS district-managed school teachers will be added to Learning Hub post-session in order to receive clock hours. Charter/options/contract teachers will receive ISBE forms on-site.

Fall 2019 Demonstration Sites

Fall Demonstration Sites (October 1–11) have now concluded. If you attended a Demo and have any questions regarding clock hours or substitute payments, please contact

Winter/Spring 2020 Demonstration Sites

Monday–Friday, February 24–March 6 (specific dates TBD)
Times and locations vary depending on host teacher
Clock hours offered: 2.5–4.0 (depending on length of demonstration)

Registration for Winter/Spring 2020 Demonstration Sites will open on January 27, 2020.