Have a lesson, teaching idea, or art-making technique you want to share with your peers? Lesson Labs are arts learning sessions proposed, planned, and delivered by CPS teachers for CPS teachers. Network, share content, problem-solve around classroom challenges, and engage in hands-on creation of artwork.
Clock hours are offered for presenters and participants.* Lesson Lab presenters also receive a gift bag of $100 worth of arts supplies in their particular discipline!
Want to Host a Lesson Lab?
Any arts teacher is welcome to propose a Lesson Lab to be held at their school. Propose a Lesson Lab here.
*NOTE: After all Lesson Labs, district-managed school teacher attendance will be entered into Learning Hub; teachers will need to complete the ISBE online survey to receive credit. Charter/contract/options teachers will receive paper copies of their evaluations/evidence forms on-site.
Lesson Labs for school year 2018-19 are now complete. You can download resources from previous Labs below; check back in the Fall to sign up for professional learning for SY2019-20!
Lesson Lab Resources
Download valuable presentations and handouts from previous Lesson Labs.
LESSON LABS 2018-19
INCORPORATING DANCE HISTORY INTO YOUR CURRICULUM
Created by Gina Spears (Boone Elementary)
CHOREOGRAPHING THROUGH FILM
Created by Christine Reed (Ravenswood Elementary)
LEARNING CENTERS IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM
Created by Diana Nevills (Mitchell Elementary)
MUSIC-READING SKILLS THROUGH ONLINE COMPOSITION
Created by Katie Colby (Jones College Prep)
LESSON LABS 2017-18
KILN OPERATION BASICS
Created by Gina Szulkowski (Steinmetz College Prep) and Haydee Lopez (Kelly High School)
THORP TV: STUDENT-CREATED, STUDENT-PRODUCED TELEVISION
Created by Maximilian Vikhter (OA Thorp Scholastic Academy)
HOW TO CREATE A GUITAR PROGRAM (EVEN IF YOU DON’T PLAY)
Created by John Perryman (Andrew Jackson Language Academy)
ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY: LESSON PLAN SWAP-AND-SHARE
Created by Frank Cademartori, Lana Bjornson, and Mike Gleason (CICS-Irving Park)
GRAFFITI: STREET ART IN THE CLASSROOM
Created by Alex Mendez (Inter-American Magnet School)
MAKING DIGITAL PUPPETS WITH ADOBE CHARACTER ANIMATOR
Created by Juan Zayas (Von Steuben HS)