Have a lesson, teaching idea, or art-making technique you want to share with your peers?

CPS Arts Lesson Labs are learning sessions proposed, planned, and delivered by CPS teachers for CPS teachers in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Previous Labs have engaged teachers in learning around a wide variety of discipline- and grade-band-specific topics, including:

  • Green screen technology
  • Digital music composition
  • Kiln operation basics
  • Graffiti art
  • Choreography through film
  • Student-produced television

…and more! Lab participants are able to network, share content, problem-solve around classroom challenges, and engage in hands-on creation of artwork with their peers.

Dates: October 2019, November 2019, January 2020, February 2020 (specific dates TBD)
Locations: CPS schools across Chicago
Times: Lesson Labs are held after school from 4:30-6:00pm or 5:00-6:30pm.
Clock hours offered: 1.5

Registration for SY2019-20 Lesson Labs will open in late September. Meanwhile, you can download resources from previous Labs below.

Want to Host a Lesson Lab?
Any teacher is welcome to propose a CPS Arts Lesson Lab to be held at their school. Lesson Lab presenters receive a gift bag of $100 worth of arts supplies in their particular discipline!

Propose a Lesson Lab here.


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)