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Columbia and CPS connect through TEAMwork

The Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago was recently awarded a $1.1 million, four-year grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement.

CCAP’s proposal was ranked 19 out of 200 submitted in a highly competitive, peer-review process under the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) Grant Program. The funds will support the Transforming Education through the Arts and Media Initiative, or TEAM. This new partnership program between Columbia College Chicago and Chicago Public Schools will connect Columbia faculty and students in media arts with classroom teachers in CPS technology magnet cluster schools to create curriculum that integrates learning in media arts with other core academic subjects like language arts, math, and science. The TEAM Initiative addresses the need for today’s students to bridge the digital divide and develop essential 21st century skills such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration.

The initiative also capitalizes on Columbia’s nationally renowned expertise in media arts teaching and learning, sharing these resources to improve public education in Chicago. The project will work with four schools, located in Austin, Chinatown, Little Village, and Portage Park.

For more information on teaching opportunities for CCC faculty and students in this project, contact Joanne Vena, Director of School Partnerships, at 312/369-8854.