Tuesday / March 06, 2018 / 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Architects in Schools Training Session

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 250

Interested in teaching middle school students about architecture and design?  Become a mentor in the AIA Chicago Foundation's Architects in Schools (AIS) program. 

AIS is an initiative that brings architecture professionals into classrooms to introduce middle school students to the field of architecture and to discuss the broader theme of architecture as a change-maker. It is a 8-week long program, with 3-5 practicing architect volunteers visiting a single classroom once a week for the duration of one class period (90-120 minutes) and culminating in a loop architecture field trip and firm tour. The curriculum consists of an introduction to architecture and design, design exercises, and a final group project.  This year we will be teaching in Chavez Elementary (Back of the Yards) and Sawyer Elementary (Gage Park). 

We are looking for lead mentor and assistant mentor positions. The schedule is below.
Chavez, 4747 S. Marshfield Ave., Tuesdays 8:00am-10:15am;  April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sawyer, 5248 S Sawyer Ave., Fridays 8:15am-10:00am;  April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25

The training session will briefly review each lesson plan, outline various mentor levels and necessary time commitments, offer tips on working with students, and more. 

The program is run by the Community Interface Committee with support from the AIA Chicago Foundation.

More about Architects in Schools.  Interested mentors please fill out volunteer form.  Find Mentor job descriptions here.

Can't make the training session, but still interested volunteering or have a specific questions about the program?  Contact Allison Freedland, afreedland@aiachicago.org.  


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Community Interface Committee and AIA Chicago Foundation

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