Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Chicago Schools Tour highlights arts education

A sampling of city fine arts schools are on the tour schedule.
Marking its 45th year, IASB will join with city officials to provide the 2016 Chicago Schools Tour to enable school officials to explore the city’s public education facilities.

Held in conjunction with the Joint Annual Conference, the event will take place on Friday, Nov. 18; from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. School leaders are invited to visit one of four schools during the tours.

The tours, offered in cooperation with the Chicago Board of Education, will spotlight two city high schools and two elementary schools that emphasize the importance of fine arts education in overall student success. All four schools have established innovative learning environments with the goal of educating children as exemplary leaders.

“This year the tours focus on the arts and arts education in schools. The two high schools and two elementary schools included in the tours offer diverse opportunities to explore how the arts can promote student learning and achievement,” said Cynthia Woods, IASB director of advocacy.

This year’s tours will explore the following Chicago schools: 

  • Nettelhorst Elementary School — A PK-8 neighborhood school built in 1892, Nettelhorst provides rigorous academic curriculum enhanced by artist residencies and partnerships in other art forms, such as vocal and instrumental music. Click here for additional information about the school.
  • Gunsaulus Elementary Scholastic Academy — A magnet school located in the Brighton Park neighborhood, its students focus on arts, health, and wellness, in addition to examining the intellectual aspects of what is art and how to convey meaning through artwork. Click here to for additional information about the school.
  • Chicago High School for the Arts — A diverse high school located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, it has created a dual mission by providing comprehensive college preparatory curriculum alongside intensive pre-professional arts training. Click here for additional information about the school.
  •  Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy — A small charter high school focused on student learning through the arts, Little Black Pearl has shown success in combining art and entrepreneurship through the application of talent, interests, and school by encouraging students to express and challenge their ideas through art. Click here for additional information about the school.

District leaders can choose one of the four tours they would like to take. The $105 per person fee for this event includes transportation to and from each school, and a buffet-style breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. in the Crystal A Ballroom in the West Tower of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. All tour participants must be paid Conference registrants or guests of paid registrants to attend.

Click here to download the Chicago Schools Tour registration form and brochure.
Space is limited to 160 reservations. Registration for the school tours can be made by mail, fax, or by scanning and emailing the completed form with required payment information.

Information about the Chicago Schools Tour is available by emailing Cynthia Woods, or by calling 630/629-3776, ext. 1228; or by emailing Bridget Trojan, or by phone at ext. 1236. 

Visit the Joint Annual Conference webpage for Conference registration and other event information.