Fourth grade teacher Soledad Erickson, from Chicago's Daniel Boone Elementary School, displays her work during the 2008/2009 Terra Teacher Lab.
Fourth grade teacher Soledad Erickson, from Chicago’s Daniel Boone Elementary School, displays her work during the 2008/2009 Terra Teacher Lab.

Terra Teacher Lab

From 2005 to 2013, the Terra Teacher Lab served more than 175 teachers from 75 Chicago Public Schools. This annual professional development program focused on ways to promote critical thinking and enrich social studies, language arts, and art curricula with American art. The Terra Teacher Lab was offered in partnership with the DePaul Center for Urban Education and the Art Institute of Chicago and consisted of:

  • An eight-day summer institute, during which participants received lessons in American art history from specialists and collaborated to develop in-depth classroom resources using  American art;
  • Five follow-up sessions during the school year, during which teachers reported on their experiences integrating American art into their instruction, examined student work growing from the program, and planned additional lessons and a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago; and
  • A culminating event at which teachers presented their projects to the larger education community.

Although no longer administered by the foundation, the work that began in the Terra Teacher Lab continues today under the auspices of the Art Institute of Chicago’s American Sources Professional Development Program:

https://learningthroughmuseums.wikispaces.com/American+Sources

Terra Teacher Lab Graduates

2013

Alexander Hamilton Elementary School

Kate Schick

Augustus H. Burley Elementary School

Aubrey Cunat
Kate Schick

Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center

Bridget Dziedzic

Charles A. Prosser Career Academy High School

Rebecca Aguilar
Monika Poddana

Chicago Academy High School

Benjamin Value

Dyett High School

Delores Goodman
Katrina Richard
Jill Stone

George Washington High School

Rosalind Tenorio
Leslie Umbles

Helen Peirce International Studies Elementary School

Meredith Buchbinder
Raymond Soto

Henry H. Nash Elementary School

Constance Jones-Johnson
Shelley Nation-Watson

Luther Burbank Elementary School

Edward Long
Jennifer Madden

Marvin Camras Elementary School

Margaret Champlin
Amy Hanks

Matthew Gallistel Elementary Language Academy

Kristina Beck
Lorie Soso

Mildred I. Lavizzo Elementary School

Kelly Chaney
Nicole Pellichet

Pulaski International School of Chicago

Adrienne Cheal
Eunice Shim
Valerie Williams
Ashley Worthington
Kylene Young

Salmon P. Chase Elementary School

Elizabeth Benfield

2012

Alfred David Kohn Elementary School

Christina Frum
Regina Parker-Johnson

Arnold Mireles Elementary Academy

Mary Burns
Wanda Gresham
Sabrina Walls-Brown

Arthur R. Ashe Elementary School

Sharon Garrett

Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center

Michael Bochner

Francisco I. Madero Middle School

Iris Maldonado
Rita Márquez
Gregory Spadoni

Joseph Warren Elementary School

Delores King
Ayana Smith
Deidra Turner

Little Village Elementary School

Katie LaBombard
Martha Ivette Loza
Jeff Stauter

Marvin Camras Elementary School

RJ Argumedo
Rudi Monson

Ninos Heroes Elementary Academic Center

Maria Langhart

Perkins Bass Elementary School

Lovie Grier

Roger C. Sullivan High School

Donna Jackson
Kelly Jirous

Stephen F. Gale Elementary Community Academy

William Swain

Truman Middle College

Toni Lawrence
Charles Nowak

Victor Herbert Elementary School

Sharon Eskridge
Essie Jones

Of Chicago Public Schools

Darlee Roach

Formerly of Chicago Public Schools

Katherine White

2011

Charles A. Prosser Career Academy High School

Riccardo Teasley
Bonnie Uhlir

Chicago Academy

Meri LeBlanc
Pam Scala
Susan Stone
Kathleen Barabasz

Daniel Webster Elementary School

Jennifer Hankes

Edison Park Elementary School

Grace Itter

Ernst Prussing Elementary School

Amy Gray
Lindsay Siegel

Frank W. Reilly Elementary School

Jim Hanna

Immaculate Conception—North Park

Jessica Quaid
Melissa Vainisi

John W. Cook Elementary School

Kimberly Edwards
Alice Smith-Jones

Lionel Hampton Fine & Performing Arts Elementary School

Rita Leary
Susan Wambugu

Mark Skinner Elementary School

Conor FitzSimmons

Nathan S. Davis Elementary School

Margarita Espinoza

Paul Laurence Dunbar Career Academy High School

Alicia Gee
George Mueller
Amy Romito

Philo Carpenter Elementary School

Lisa Macri
Gloria Valentin

Robert Fulton Elementary School

Alex Karas

Roberto Clemente Community Academy High School

Eve Hedlund
Socorro Mucino
Ozni Torres

Theophilus Schmid Elementary School

Joanne Graham
Deborah Williams
Yolanda Williams

2010

Attucks Elementary School

Vernetta Erves
Carolyn Estelle
Tracy Harwell
Gaylord Workman

Barry Elementary School

Hang Nguyen

Cleveland Elementary School

Shelley Davis
Art Morganstein

Dever Elementary School

Deidre Habetler

Dewey Academy of Fine Arts

Darcy Nickel
Cynthia Devers
Angela Monroe

Garvy Elementary School

Anna Ress

Hitch Elementary School

Anne Bramlett
Cyndi Raisanen
Amy Rubic
Caroline Smarz
Debra Widlock

Holmes Elementary School

Jebba Biddle-White

2009

Albany Park Multicultural Academy

Cynthia Williams
Soledad Erickson
Judy Joyce
Gail Locke

Daniel Boone Elementary School

Lee Harrington

Esmond Elementary School

Eleni Vryza

Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School

Pamela Coleman
Debra Liu
Ann Reis
Ellen Shea

John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary School

Craig Segal

John Spry Community School

Therese Carter

Lawndale Elementary Community Academy

Gale Garrett

Norwood Park Elementary School

Roberta Kraft
Lara Krejca
Katherine Slonina

Palmer Elementary School

Rick Isaac
Janet Ruff

Peterson Elementary School

Sandy DeVarenne
Bonnie Glassner
Sandra Saucedo

William P. Gray Elementary School

Deborah Ward
Mary Cadigan
Halina Fuja
Dina Koustas
Mila Ostojic
Agatha Panait

2008

Charles A. Prosser Career Academy

Angela Hayes
Lauren Litowsky
Sarah Valerio

Henry R. Clissold Elementary School

Sabrina Henderson
Katherine Kampf

Hyde Park Career Academy High School

Erik Cope

L.E.A.R.N. Charter School

Joyce Nicosia

Michele Clark Academic Preparatory Magnet High School

Warren Rhodes
Dwight Davis
Gideon MacKay

Morton Elementary Career Academy

Gilda Clarke
Shada Mack

Smyser Elementary School

Lucy Augustine
Ava Foreman
Jana Kopczick
Cheryl Lynch

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Suanne Rayner

Wildwood International Baccalaureate World Magnet School

Bob Finn
Kiran Kaur
Brenda Stevens

2007

Casimir Pulaski Fine Arts Academy

Patrice Hall

Charles A. Prosser Career Academy

Katherine Barnes
Lynn Fitzgerald
Janna Gartland
Bryan Quinlan
Sandra Shimon
Anthony Xidis

Curie Metropolitan High School

Elizabeth Atchison
Amanda Brode
Kenny Chau
Joseph Kan
Rebecca Lucas
Elizabeth McCarty

Hyde Park Career Academy High School

Marie Davis

Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School

Marti Cruz
Patricia Foerster
Sara Ingraffia
Mara Silver

Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy

Stephanie Collins
Joan Leber

Talman Community Elementary School

Gina Alicea
Amy Hassan
Jeff Horn
Theresa O’Rourke

The Chicago Academy High School

David McKoski

2006

Charles A. Prosser Career Academy

Itzamna Arista
Marcella Cannon
Marcia Dorfman
Natalie Field
Alicia Homampour
Erin McIntyre
Jean Neary
Anne Plous
Tami Sandberg
Sara Ingraffia

Curie Metropolitan High School

Sofia Villafuerte

Hugh Manley Career Academy High School

Joanne Dolejsi
Kwame Johnson
Jennifer Rutzler

Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School

Marti Cruz