Collective Impact Panels - Ingenuity’s four panels that help inform the work are: Data & Research, Partnerships & Professional Learning, Outreach, and Advocacy. These panels are composed of leaders representing arts organizations, funders, data, policy, higher education, and City leadership.
artlook Suite of Services – Includes Ingenuity’s artlook Schools, artlook Map, and artlook Partners.
Arts Advance Program – A program of the Creative Schools Fund which supports CPS schools with a Creative Schools Certification Category of 3 or 4 by providing grants up to $10,000.
Arts Disciplines – Branches of knowledge and instruction in the arts. For the purposes of the CPS Arts Education Plan the four disciplines are visual arts, music, dance, and theater/drama.
Arts Education - A collective term referring to a comprehensive and sequential education in separate and distinct disciplines.
Arts Innovate Program - Awards grants to five schools with a Creative Schools Certification of 1 or 2. These schools meet or are very close to meeting all the goals of the CPS Arts Education Plan, are experimenting with new ways of delivering arts instruction, and are models for other schools across the district.
Arts Integration - An approach that incorporates the arts into other core curricula. Students engage in the creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets objectives in both. Arts integration is teaching and learning in which arts learning and other academic learning are connected in ways in which both arts and academic learning are deepened.
Arts Liaisons - An assigned CPS staff member who is a point person for the arts at each school.
Arts Partnership - Educators, artists, and arts and cultural institutions combine talents and resources in a spirit of mutual cooperation and responsibility to create programs for students that are interdisciplinary and/or integrated in the study of non-arts subjects and the arts or environmental sciences.
Arts Residency - An intensive series of classroom sessions with a qualified teaching artist. Residencies are designed to immerse students in a particular art form, and most are also designed to teach another subject area through that art form.
Assessment - The process of using comprehensive evaluation tools to determine the value, significance, and level of skill or achievement reached as a result of an arts education program.
Certified Arts Instructors – An educator authorized by the state to teach visual arts and music. Current arts certification in the State of Illinois only includes visual arts and music; theatre and dance teachers require Illinois certification in a subject or grade level AND an endorsement in their respective discipline.
Chicago Arts Learning Initiative (CALI) – A collaboration including more than 200 of Chicago’s largest museums, cultural institutions, and neighborhood arts organizations who joined with district leaders, CPS educators, and leading foundations and corporations to develop a plan for expanding art in schools citywide.
Chicago Cultural Plan – The first plan of its kind in 25 years, it translates the cultural needs and identity of Chicago into a tool for implementing communities’ recommendations. Arts education is highlighted as a top priority for the City.
Common Core State Standards – A set of learning standards meant to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. Illinois has joined more than 40 states in implementing the Common Core in each Illinois school district.
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) - Required by Illinois state law, the CIWP is developed by CPS schools every two years to establish a school’s mission, the strategic priorities for the next two years, and the specific actions that the school will take to accomplish its goals. The CIWP replaces the School Improvement Plan (SIPAAA) with a more streamlined planning process and provides better tools for monitoring the school’s implementation of the plan, and for making adjustments.
Core Arts Standards – A set of learning standards for the Arts similar to the standards set by the Common Core State Standards for math and literacy.
Core Subject - A body of knowledge that all students are expected to learn—not an elective subject.
CPS Annual Progress Report – A report published for each CPS school that defines how the school is performing, including school climate, student growth and academic performance. The arts appear on the 2013 CPS Progress Report.
CPS Arts Education Plan - Systematically improves, expands, and strategically coordinates arts education for all students who attend CPS. The arts are now recognized as a core subject by CPS, schools are asked to provide 120 minutes of dedicated weekly arts instruction, high school graduation requirements have been expanded in the arts, arts appears on the CPS annual progress report for each school along with other academic indicators, and arts education is included in the principal evaluation.
CPS Charter School - Public schools open to all Chicago children which are approved by the Chicago Board of Education but operate independently from the Board and each other.
CPS Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster Program - Schools that integrate the arts into all subject areas, offering every student training in at least two of the fine arts disciplines of visual arts, music, dance and theatre/drama.
CPS Magnet School - Schools with an emphasis on one particular subject area, such as math/science, world language, or fine and performing arts. Magnet high schools attract students from throughout the city and reflect diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
CPS Neighborhood School - Each neighborhood school has an attendance boundary and, generally, all students who live within this area may attend the school.
CPS Selective Enrollment School - Designed to meet the needs of Chicago’s most academically advanced students, selective enrollment schools offer a rigorous curriculum with mainly honors and AP courses.
CPS Vendor Number – A number given by CPS that is required in order to become a vendor or partner.
Creative Compass Program - Provides free professional development, peer partnership, and support to principals and schools on the lower end of the Creative Schools Certification continuum for the development of more robust arts programming.
Creative Schools Certification - A five category continuum used to define the level of arts instruction in each school ranging from Incomplete Data to Excelling. It creates a clear picture for principals, teachers and parents on arts instruction in their school and is a roadmap for expanding quality and access. The Certification will appear on the school progress report along with other indicators of academic performance and will help schools develop plans and partnerships to address gaps.
Creative Schools Fund - The Fund provides grants directly to schools based on needs identified through the Creative Schools Certification.
Creative Schools Initiative - An effort to implement the CPS Arts Education Plan through the placement of a CPS Arts Liaison in every school; the use of data and information to plan more effectively; and the expansion of financial resources to help schools bring the arts to more students.
Education Standards - Official expectations for academic content and student achievement for subjects in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Endorsed Arts Instructor - An educator with an endorsement to teach visual arts, music, dance or theatre/drama. An endorsement is a statement appearing on a teaching certificate that identifies the specific subjects or grade level that the certificate holder is authorized to teach. Theatre/drama and dance teachers require Illinois certification in a subject or grade level AND an endorsement in their respective discipline.
Evaluation - Systematic determination of merit, worth, and significance of something or someone using criteria against a set of standards. Evaluation is often used to characterize and appraise subjects of interest including the arts.
FTE - Full-time-equivalent employee.
Ingenuity Institutes - These workshops and trainings focus on educating and preparing external arts and cultural partners to more effectively align their work with the CPS Arts Education Plan, Common Core State Standards, and the needs of individual schools.
Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) - ILTs at the school level engage in the process of performance management, creating a culture of continuous learning and action that is focused on student outcomes by turning data and information into insight and action. This team of school leaders and specialists drives the process of continuous improvement of the academic outcomes of all students at their school. The ILT is ultimately responsible for creating a data-based and results-oriented performance culture in its school.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programmes (DP) - Designed for students in grades 11 and 12 and offering courses for the IB Diploma, a prestigious secondary school credential recognized worldwide by institutions of higher learning.
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) - Provides an accelerated curriculum that focuses on a world language, English, mathematics, humanities, sciences, arts, physical education and technology. The program is offered for students in grades 6 to 8 and continues to prepare grades 9 and 10 students in International Baccalaureate MYP partner high schools.
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) - Designed for students ages 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six trans-disciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as trans-disciplinary skills, with an emphasis on inquiry.
Learning Outcomes - The actual result of an activity designed to achieve a specific intended future result (objective) in a student, teacher, and artist partnership experience.
Local School Council (LSC) - An elected body established to carry out the Illinois legislature’s intent to make the individual, local school the essential unit for educational governance and improvement, and to place the primary responsibility for school governance and improvement in the hands of parents, community residents, school staff members and the principal at the school level.
Multi-Disciplinary - Consisting of many disciplines—when one subject is studied from the viewpoint of more than one discipline.
Principal Evaluation – An assessment that creates accountability for student growth while providing support to help principals succeed as school leaders.
Professional Development - Workshops, programs and classes offered to teachers and school leaders designed to enhance an individual’s skills, knowledge and professional growth.
REACH (Recognizing Educators Advancing Chicago) Students - CPS’ comprehensive teacher evaluation system that is focused on feedback, reflection, development and continuous improvement for teachers . REACH is a fair and transparent performance system that provides a clear and comprehensive understanding of effective teaching, provides meaningful and actionable feedback to drive student learning, and ensures regular observation cycles throughout the year that support professional growth and give teachers multiple opportunities to demonstrate growth.
Teaching Artists – Professional performing, literary, visual, or multidisciplinary artists whose training and experience includes programming for preschool through 12th grade students and teachers in schools or communities.