In conjunction with the Rivers Festival, the Institute for Learning, Access and Training has offered an educational program engaging teachers and students at four Chicago Public Schools (CPS) focused on the development and implementation of arts-integrated curriculum units connected with the festival themes.
Participating teachers attended a series of workshops occurring between December 2012 and April 2013 that included lectures connecting rivers with music, social science and ecology; curriculum planning and tuning; and reflection and documentation.
From this series of workshops, teachers developed curriculum units exploring rivers through music, visual art, language arts, science, social studies, and technology. In addition to classroom learning, students enjoyed hands-on learning opportunities during field trips to the Chicago River, offered by festival partner Friends of the Chicago River.
The four participating schools, all part of the Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster Program, are
Medgar Evers Elementary School, Rudyard Kipling Elementary School, George B. Swift Elementary Specialty School, and Thomas J. Waters Elementary School. Participating students are drawn from grades 2, 4, and 6.
Visit the pages linked below to learn more about the schools’ projects, view samples of student work, and hear about the program’s impact on student learning and teacher instructional leadership: