Architects! Go Back To School Training Sessions Begin Re-sched for October 5

What buildings, ideas, people, or activities first made you excited about architecture as a kid?

The Community Interface Committee (CIC) of AIA Chicago is partnering with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) during the 2011 – 2012 school year for a series of ‘Architects in the Schools’ visits to Chicago area 3rd – 8th grade classrooms. (Visits scheduled to begin in fall 2011; the number of visits is up to you.)

Wondering how to help a 3rd grader understand how buildings stand up?  Puzzled about what vocab and materials are needed to explain scale to a 5th grader?  Curious about how to get an 8th grader excited about sketching?  CAF and the CIC are hosting a hands-on training session over two evenings designed to help AIA members prepare to work with local elementary school students and teachers.

Fall 2011

Part 1/ Wednesday October 5
Part 2/ Wednesday October 19  6 pm- 7:30 pm  
Chicago Architecture Foundation John Buck Lecture Hall (first floor, off the atrium)
224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
RSVP to Jennifer Masengarb
312-922-3432 x246
Senior Manager of Educational Research

Winter/Spring 2012 – sessions repeated

Part 1/ Thursday, January 19
Part 2/ Thursday, February 2

To RSVP for an upcoming training session, please call the CAF at the phone number above.

Workshop Session 1 covers what to expect at the school, how to work with various age groups, and introduces the classroom-ready lessons.  Session 2 includes hands-on training in specific activities requested by local teachers to help integrate architecture into their math, science, history, and art lessons.

For over 10 years, CAF has been at the forefront of K-12 architectural education in the US.  Youth Education staff Jennifer Masengarb and Jean Linsner will share activities from CAF’s publications “Schoolyards to Skylines: Teaching with Chicago’s Amazing Architecture” and “The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings.”  Both books have received a national AIA Honor Award for Collaborative Achievement and are used across the country.

I look forward to seeing you this fall!

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