Students lead participating teachers in a choreography sequence at the
Dance Demonstration Site at Curie High School, October 2018.

Seeing excellent teaching and learning in real time is a valuable way to learn techniques and approaches to try out in your own classroom.
In these sessions, our Arts Instruction Specialists will open their classrooms for their peers to observe and discuss high-quality, standards-aligned practice in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and media arts.

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

Schedule and Registration Information

REGISTRATION IS VERY LIMITED FOR ALL DEMONSTRATION SITE SESSIONS. If you register, you are committing to attend. Teachers 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 Demonstration Sites in the future.

If you receive a notice that a site is full and wish to be placed on a wait list: Please email cpsarts@cps.edu with your name, email, role, and demo site you wish to attend.

Clock hours (CPDU) information: 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.


Demonstration Site Sessions #2: March 18–22, 2019

K-8 THEATRE: hosted by Julie Strassel
Wednesday, March 20th, 11:30am–1:30pm
Goudy Elementary, 5120 N Winthrop Ave, Chicago IL
Clock hours offered: 2.0


K-8 MUSIC: hosted by Leah Stephens
Wednesday, March 20th, 11:00am – 1:15pm
Sor Juana Elementary, 4120 W 57th St, Chicago, IL
Clock hours offered: 2.5


K-8 MEDIA ARTS / MUSIC: hosted by Max Vikhter
Thursday, March 21st, 7:30am-11:30am

  • 7:30-8:30am: See a live broadcast of “Thorp TV,” the student-produced, student-created school TV show
  • 8:30am-11:30am: See integrated lessons in music and media arts, and then debrief

OA Thorp Scholastic Academy, 6024 W Warwick Ave, Chicago, IL
Clock hours offered: 4.0


K-8 DANCE: hosted by Gina Spears
Monday, March 25th, 8:30am-11:30am
Boone Elementary, 6710 N Washtenaw Ave, Chicago IL
Clock hours offered: 3.0


K-8 VISUAL ARTS: hosted by Kitty Conde
Tuesday, March 19th, 8:45am-11:45am
Ravenswood Elementary, 4332 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL
Clock hours offered: 3.0

This demonstration site and the waiting list are full! Please check back next fall for more Demonstration Site opportunities.


9-12 (HS) VISUAL ARTS: hosted by Brian Mead
Thursday, March 21st, 8:00am-11:00am
Chicago Academy HS, 3400 N Austin Ave, Chicago, IL
Clock hours offered: 3.0

This demonstration site and the waiting list are full! Please check back next fall for more Demonstration Site opportunities.