The Trust’s education staff offers a wide range of in-school programs for your classroom, introducing your students to architecture, design and the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright. Programs can be a single one-hour session, or a series of 4-10 one-hour sessions plus a field trip. Workshops are aligned with Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, and Illinois Standards in Fine Arts and Social Studies. All programs may be booked through the Trust education department at 708.725.3828. Fees vary by program.
The Trust also offers on-going professional development programs for teachers to integrate architecture and design activities into their teaching:
Summer Seminar for Teachers
The Trust sponsors a three-day seminar for teachers each summer focusing on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House on the campus of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. Lectures, illustrated presentations, neighborhood walks, project demonstrations, and hands-on activities all contribute to a greater understanding of architectural concepts and encourage educators to incorporate architecture and design into their teaching. The seminar ends with teachers crafting lesson plans for piloting in their own classrooms in the following school year.
Recommended for teachers of grades 3-8.
Morning coffee and lunch are provided each day.
Teachers earn 15 CPDUs.
Educator Open Houses
Each fall, educators in grades K-8 are invited to explore the possibilities of architecture education at one of two National Historic Landmarks. Choose to attend an open house of Unity Temple in Oak Park, and enjoy a private tour of one of Wright’s only surviving public buildings from his Prairie period.
Choose the Frederick C. Robie House in Hyde Park and enjoy a private tour of the building PBS called one of the “10 Buildings That Changed America.”
No matter which site you choose, you will explore standards-based programs and hands-on activities adaptable for your classroom.
Earn one CPDU.
October 9, 5-7 pm at Unity Temple
October 21, 5-7 pm at Robie House
Customized Professional Development Programs
Learn architectural terms, read a building, ask the questions that get your students excited about architecture. Our professional development workshops use Frank Lloyd Wright’s work as the focus for learning and talking about architecture, history and social change, and tying architecture and design activities to Common Core and Illinois State Standards. Our educators work with your department, school faculty, or district to provide half-day, full-day, or multi-day sessions which include presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Participants earn CPDUs.
Recommended for teachers of grades K-8.
Call the Education Department at 312.994.4030 for more information and fee structure.
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