Developing English Language Literacy through the Arts
Over 14% of the 1.1 million students in NYC’s public schools are designated English Language Learners (ELLs) – students who have not demonstrated competency in English on State-mandated tests. In 11 partner schools, ArtsConnection Teaching Artists and classroom teachers work with ELLs in our DELLTA program, helping students overcome literacy barriers through their study of dance and theater.
Access our DELLTA Resources for Teaching Artists and teachers.
Professional development for teams of middle school teachers to help them support young people through the creation of a Broadway Jr. production. Coordinated in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Music Theater International (MTI) and ITheatrics.
: Director of Theater
Office of Arts and Special Projects, NYC DOE
Spectrum Musical Theater
At P94M, Musical Theater artists work closely with classroom teachers, related service providers , para professionals, and administrators to develop a program that supports the development of social, cognitive and language skills in students on the autism spectrum. The Program at P94M is a k-8 whole school model.
Our newest Spectrum partner school is P 168, serving students throughout the Bronx.
Read more about our comprehensive programs with District 75 schools here.
If you are a District 75 school interested in partnering with us
ELL/SWD Grant Partner
The NYC Department of Education offers schools an Arts for English Language Learners (ELLs) and Students with Disabilities (SWD) grant program that helps schools build arts partnerships that boost arts opportunities for diverse groups of student participants, with a focus on English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. Participating schools receive funding to work with experienced local arts organizations to implement school-based arts residencies that enhance student achievement in and through the arts, while developing and documenting best practices in arts education.
Schools must apply for the grant directly with the Department of Education. More information can be found here.