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Chicago Guide

*PLEASE NOTE* This resource is no longer fully applicable to arts learning in Chicago Public Schools, as it was developed using now expired learning standards. For more relevant information, please visit our Arts Standards Toolkit page or contact us at

Preserved for archival purposes

The Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the Arts serves as a road map to connect curriculum, instruction and assessment in dance, music, theatre, and visual art from pre-kindergarten to senior year of high school.

The Guide is conceived as a multi-functional document: a resource guide for teachers to access when looking to enhance their curriculum, and a platform from which to have a common dialogue about the essential learning happening in arts classrooms and environments throughout the city of Chicago.

CPS Department of Arts Education


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Chicago, IL 60602