Professional Development

Through partnerships with schools and organizations, Chicago Children’s Theatre offers unique professional development opportunities to educators of all disciplines. Through these initiatives we aim to share arts-integration techniques, access and inclusion strategies, curriculum ideas, and materials with teachers and institutional partners in Chicago and beyond.

“I loved how interactive it was, I loved the cadence and personality of the facilitator, and I loved the valuable information I’ll be able to use in the classroom!”

– Workshop Participant at Shedd Aquarium, 2023

Workshop Topics

Creating an Accessible & Inclusive Classroom

Workshop Length: 1.5-2.5 hrs

Who it’s best for:
  • Classroom Teachers (all grade levels)
  • Teaching Artists
  • Performing Arts Organizations/Institutions
  • Education Teams at Non-Profits
  • Anyone looking to make their learning space more accessible to neurodiverse learners!
Session Topics Include:
  • Neurodiversity 101 (and 102)
  • Disability Affirming Language
  • The Social Model of Disability
  • Setting the Tone of Inclusivity
  • General and Individual Accommodations
  • Practice: Adapting an Activity

Here’s what those who have taken the workshop have to say:
“[The facilitator] had a great way of contextualizing everything they presented. They made the task of creating a more inclusive educational space seem achievable and far less intimidating.” – Workshop Participant at Shedd Aquarium, 2023
“Thank you so much for your amazing workshop.” – Workshop Participant at Columbia College, 2023

From Page to Stage: Theatricalizing Books in Inclusive Drama Classrooms

Workshop Length: 1.5 hrs

Who it’s best for:
  • Classroom Teachers (PreK-5)
  • Teaching Artists
  • Children’s Librarians
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Anyone looking to make early literacy exploration more engaging to a variety of learners!
Session Topics Include:
  • Why Multi-sensory Matters
  • Book Selection
  • What is Theatricality?
  • Connecting to Theatre and Literary Concepts
  • Using Props and the Senses
  • Practice: Create a Multi-sensory Activity

Here’s what those who have taken the workshop have to say:
“Your presentation was just pure joy.” – Workshop Coordinator at Seesaw Theatre, 2022

Is there a drama, performing arts, or access and inclusion topic you’d like to know more about that isn’t listed here? Reach out to our staff and we’ll collaborate on creating the perfect workshop for your group!

For more information and pricing for your organization, please contact the Director of Education and Access Programs, Sam Mauceri at

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