Through the Chicago Inquiries program, the Chicago History Museum in collaboration with 826CHI, partners with ten Chicago public schools over the entire school year to support 6-8th grade educators in implementing inquiry-based teaching methods while learning about Chicago history. This free program offers access to 8 English/Spanish articles with accompanying fully developed lesson plans that focus on the development of inquiry skills. The program also offers teacher professional development, museum visits, research workshops with museum professionals, writing workshops provided by our program partner 826CHI, and culminates in a family event at the Museum that features students’ work. Its curricular approach centers examples of civic engagement, particularly that of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women, LGBTQ Chicagoans, Chicagoans with Disabilities, and labor movements in the City of Chicago. These narratives engage students in connecting with their local histories to support their knowledge of the past to understand the present to plan for a future for a Chicago that encompasses everyone’s stories.
In participating in the Chicago History Museum’s (CHM) Chicago Literacies program, you agree to the following:
- Participate in all professional development opportunities provided
- Integrate the curricular resources and activities into your instruction
- Assist Museum educators in coordinating parent workshops, Museum and classroom visits
- Bring students on a field trip to the Museum in coordination with curricular resources
- Assist Museum educators in the execution of Chicago Literacies Family Day event
- Assist Museum educators in evaluating the program
Upon your participation, you will receive the following from CHM:
- A curricular toolkit that includes bilingual (English/Spanish), nonfiction texts and literacy activities
- ISBE continuing education credits
- Bus transportation for students to visit the Museum (limit 1 bus per teacher)
- Bus transportation for students’ families to visit the Museum during Family Day (There will be a limited number of buses per school, assigned to each school on a first come, first served basis.)
- In-school classroom support leading up to culmination of program
- A stipend at the conclusion of the program
Chicago Inquiries Application
We will be accepting applications for the 2021–2022 school year between June 22, 2021, and August 31, 2021.
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Ema Pinto, Chicago Learning Collaborative elementary coordinator, at [email protected] or 312.799.2047.
This program is made possible by the Polk Bros. Foundation.
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