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Arts Education Best Practices

Department of Arts Education

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We support CPS educators by creating tools and resources to be used in arts instruction, curriculum, and assessment. These resources have been created in collaboration with exemplary arts educators across the district in order to provide the most relevant, practical supports.

Arts Standards Toolkit

The updated Illinois Arts Learning Standards identify what is important for students to know and be able to do in the artistic disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. They reinforce best practices in the classroom and provide updated guidance on what constitutes quality arts education.

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Arts Integration Toolkit

The CPS Department of Arts Education defines arts integration as an educational approach in which an artistic discipline (or disciplines) and another academic subject (or subjects) are combined for the teaching and learning of content knowledge and skills.

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Chicago Public Schools
42 W. Madison St, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602