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.


Register for Winter/Spring 2020 Demonstration Sites

Register by clicking the link that corresponds to the Demonstration Site you wish to attend. Please choose ONE site to attend.

K-8 DANCE: hosted by MK Victorson
Wednesday, March 4th, 8:20am–12:30pm
Hibbard Elementary, 3244 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL
Participants will observe: 4th (cultural dance forms), 5th, 2nd grade dance
Clock hours offered: 4.0
REGISTER FOR K–8 DANCE DEMONSTRATION SITE

9–12 DANCE: hosted by Elisa Foshay
Thursday, February 27th, 9:30am–2:45pm
Jones College Prep HS, 700 S State St, Chicago IL
Participants will observe: Dance I classes (mixed grade levels)
Clock hours offered: 4.5
REGISTER FOR 9–12 DANCE DEMONSTRATION SITE

K-8 MUSIC #1, hosted by Frank Cademartori
Monday, February 24th, 8:30am–11:05am
CICS-Irving Park Elementary, 3820 N Spaulding Ave, Chicago, IL
Participants will observe: 7th–8th grade elective (Art Ambassadors project), 5th–6th grade (video-game compositions)
Clock hours offered: 2.5
REGISTER FOR K–8 MUSIC #1 DEMONSTRATION SITE

K-8 MUSIC #2: hosted by Leah Stephens
Tuesday, February 25th, 9:30am–2:15pm
Sor Juana Elementary School, 4120 W 57th St, Chicago, IL
Participants will observe: 2nd and 3rd grade music; 3rd grade ELA/Music arts integration
Clock hours offered: 3.0
REGISTER FOR K–8 MUSIC #2 DEMONSTRATION SITE

9–12 MUSIC #1 – HIP HOP: hosted by Miles Comiskey
Wednesday, February 26th, 9:45am–12:35pm
Lane Tech College Prep HS, 2501 N Addison St, Chicago, IL
Participants will observe: 9th-10th and 11th-12th hip-hop music classes
Clock hours offered: 3.0
REGISTER FOR 9–12 MUSIC #1 – HIP HOP DEMONSTRATION SITE

9–12 MUSIC #2 – BAND: hosted by Kelley Gossler
Tuesday, March 3rd, 1:25pm-4:00pm
Lincoln Park HS, 2001 N Orchard St, Chicago, IL
Participants will observe: Beginning and Advanced Band classes (mixed grades)
Clock hours offered: 2.5
REGISTER FOR 9–12 MUSIC #2 – BAND DEMONSTRATION SITE

9-12 THEATRE: Hosted by Layne Drinkwater
Tuesday, February 25th, 9:20–11:50am
Benito Juarez Community Academy, 2150 S Laflin St, Chicago, IL
Participants will observe: 9th grade IB Drama I
Clock hours offered: 2.5
REGISTER FOR 9–12 THEATRE DEMONSTRATION SITE

K-8 VISUAL ARTS #1: hosted by Claire Reynes
Friday, February 28th, 12:25–3:25pm
Twain Elementary, 5134 S Lotus St, Chicago, IL
Participants will observe: 6th grade (papier-mache sculpture and organic form);  7th grade (tape cast sculptures)
Clock hours offered: 3.0
THIS SITE IS CURRENTLY FULL. To be placed on a waitlist, visit bit.ly/Demo-Waitlist

K-8 VISUAL ARTS #2: hosted by Kitty Conde
Tuesday, March 3rd, 8:45am–11:45am
Ravenswood Elementary, 4332 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL
Participants will observe: Middle-school STEAM elective; 4th grade STEAM integration
Clock hours offered: 3.0
THIS SITE IS CURRENTLY FULL. To be placed on a waitlist, visit bit.ly/Demo-Waitlist

9-12 VISUAL ARTS: hosted by Brian Mead
Thursday, February 27th, 8:00am–11:00am
Chicago Academy High School, 3400 N Austin Ave, Chicago, IL
Participants will observe: Honors Studio Art
Clock hours offered: 3.0
THIS SITE IS CURRENTLY FULL. To be placed on a waitlist, visit bit.ly/Demo-Waitlist