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Online programs and virtual tours continue while CAC tours are currently suspended and the Center is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.


Six weeks prior to the workshop, we’ll share selected readings via an online learning management platform. We strongly recommend that you complete all the readings prior to the start of your workshop. The readings support the six major themes and include primary sources as well as pieces written by poets, architects, critics and scholars.

During the workshop, you will receive additional reading materials from lecturers. You will also receive a copy of the CAC’s Schoolyards to Skylines: Teaching with Chicago’s Amazing ArchitectureThe Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings and the graphic novel No Small Plans. These award-winning resource books are designed to help teachers use architecture as a dynamic tool for teaching social sciences, language arts, science, mathematics and the fine and visual arts. We will be incorporating several of the book activities into the workshop.

Throughout the week, we will offer opportunities to meet with fellow participants, workshop staff and our master teachers to begin to develop teaching activities. On our final day together, you will participate in grade-based group discussions and full-group discussions then present your curriculum project ideas to the group. Once you have completed the workshop, you will submit a summary of your project and a reflective essay.

We are interested in the impact of this workshop on your teaching, so we will be contacting you again six months after the completion of the workshop to ask you about its impact on your teaching as well as on your students’ engagement with the subject.

Resources from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The NEH maintains EDSITEment, a treasure trove for teachers, students and parents searching for high-quality digital materials in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.