CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Collaborating for Quality
The CPS Arts Education Plan identified the importance of offering consistent and relevant professional development to all CPS stakeholders, including instructors, principals, chiefs of schools, parents, and community arts partners. We know that when schools and teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists and arts organizations participate in professional development together, work is strengthened and each of these stakeholders become better prepared to provide the highest quality arts education experiences for students.
To stimulate and nurture more collaborative work between teachers and arts education partners, Ingenuity and the CPS Department of Arts Education are excited to present this year's Arts Education Conference: Collaborating for Quality. With students at the center, the Quality Ecosystem highlights how each stakeholder group or your sphere of influence directly impacts the student experience. We are thrilled to provide an opportunity to grow in new understanding, gain skills, and develop vital relationships needed to make our individual and shared work successful.
The Arts Education Conference is a two-day conference taking place on Friday, November 3, 2017 and Saturday, November 4, 2017. The audience for this conference is arts classroom teachers, arts liaisons, school administrators, arts education partners, teaching artists, and other non-classroom based arts educators working with Chicago Public Schools.
How do classroom teachers’ standards-based instructional shifts and the arts partner framework share a common language in the arts education ecosystem? The eleven Values of Quality are both a definition and a description and resonate with national concerns and priorities across the arts sector. These values are the foundation of the CPS Teacher Content Framework and the Arts Partner Quality Framework.
Of the eleven Values, this conference will focus on five high-priority value strands designed to make it easy for participants to seek out sessions which will help them explore their individual problems of practice. Priority consideration will be given to presentations where participants walk away with concrete ideas for practical applications in one of the following value strands: Student-Centered and Student-Driven, Process-Focused, Pedagogically-Aligned Best Practices, Embracing Diversity & Cultural Humility, and Requires Equity.
Student-Centered and Student-Driven
Quality arts teaching and learning is student-centered and student-driven, both in and out of the classroom. Quality teaching and learning supports student agency, self-knowledge, self-discovery, self-expression, self-empowerment and problem-solving.
Quality arts teaching and learning is process focused—at all levels of scale, from classroom-based activities to understanding partnerships and relationships as processes. Teachers use open-ended and diverse questioning strategies to stimulate student inquiry.
Pedagogically-Aligned Best Practices
Quality teaching and learning makes use of research-tested pedagogical best practices, such as facilitating student metacognition, and includes alignment and collaboration between CPS teachers and administrators, teaching artists and arts organizations.
Embraces Diversity & Cultural Humility
Quality is built on an embrace of Chicago’s diversity and on strong practices of cultural humility in all stakeholder relationships. Exploring authentic, or culturally-situated, problems that have personal relevance for the students.
Quality requires equity in terms of funding, resources and access, including access to excellence and to a wide variety of artistic experiences. Quality thus requires advocacy by the arts sector and collaborative support from funders and policymakers. All children deserve access to high quality curriculum, skilled teachers and teaching artists who recognize and challenge bias against students; whether based on ethnicity, gender, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or race.
Who Should Submit a Proposal?
Classroom teachers, arts partners and teaching artists bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. This is your chance to inform and inspire teachers, colleagues, and the community.
Any certified CPS arts teacher
is encouraged to submit a proposal:
Addressing one of the five priority values listed above and aligned to the new
Illinois Arts Learning Standards
Highlighting a unit, strategy or classroom experience that highlights one of the instructional shifts in the new Arts Content Framework:
lessons and activities
Discovery-based Small Group Learning Tasks
encouraging problem solving
Increased use of open-ended and process-driven
Facilitate Student Metacognition
through use of instructional outcomes that encourage reflection and connection
Any arts partner
is encouraged to submit a proposal:
Addressing one of the five priority values listed above.
A 60-minute session that explores skills, tools, resources and techniques needed by arts educators and includes one or more exercises that let attendees practice using these skills.
Covers one topic in depth, rather than giving an overview of many topics.
Includes take-home materials for use and reference after the conference.
A 60-minute highly interactive demonstration or experiential session rooted in participation and active learning within an art form.
Covers techniques, skills, training and processes in a specific art form or art forms.
A 60-minute discussion or conversation focusing on a single topic or question.
Utilizes the collective knowledge in the room to explore an issue or question relevant to arts education practice.
A snapshot of your research or creative project presented with a combination of text and graphics, intended to engage colleagues in a dialogue about the work, or to be a summary that will encourage readers to want to learn more.
Your poster should focus on the five high priority strands listed above.
All posters need to be in large-scale printed format in 36 by 48 inch (horizontal) size. Presenters will be given an easel, foam board and clips to attach your poster to the foam board. There will not be tables so please do not plan to use any additional materials other than your poster. Have your business cards readily available so that you can distribute to the participants interested in learning more about your work.
Trifold and handcrafted posters will not be accepted.
Poster presentation tips:
Sessions can be geared towards specific roles/audiences or may be open to a broader audience. Participants in the conference include: arts education directors/managers, arts partner organization staff, teaching artists, interns, executive directors, artistic directors, arts liaisons, lead arts liaisons and arts classroom teachers.
Ingenuity and the CPS Department of Arts Education will review all proposals. The criteria below will guide the review of submissions.
To what degree does the proposal:
Identify your sphere of influence?
Address the priority value strands of the conference?
Clearly state learning goals or outcomes?
Articulate a plan to engage participants?
Deadline for Submission
Proposals must be submitted by 5PM CST on Friday, September 29, 2017. Presenters will be notified of acceptance no later than Friday, October 13, 2017.