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.
Upcoming Lesson Labs
April 9th: INCORPORATING DANCE HISTORY INTO YOUR CURRICULUM
Encourage your students to make dance history connections while honing your questioning and discussion techniques! Participants in this Lab will engage in a close read of a work of art, followed by a movement activity—both connected to a famous dancer in history. They will then learn strategies for incorporating dance history across all elementary grade levels (K through 8).
Who should attend: Dance teachers in grades K–8
April 9th, 2019| 5:00PM – 6:30PM
Boone Elementary School, 6710 N Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL
Host: Gina Spears
Clock hours offered: 1.5
April 25th: TEACHING FOR ARTISTIC BEHAVIOR (TAB): CHOICE-BASED LEARNING IN THE VISUAL ARTS CLASSROOM
In this Lab, participants will learn more about the experience of developing and implementing a Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) classroom, and will engage in discussion with peers about the successes and challenges of choice-based student learning in the visual arts.
Who should attend: Visual arts teachers in grades K–8
April 15th, 2019| 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Inter-American Magnet School, 851 W. Waveland Ave, Chicago, IL
Host: Alex Mendez
Clock hours offered: 1.5
Lesson Lab Resources
Download valuable presentations and handouts from previous Lesson Labs.
LESSON LABS 2018-19
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)