Meet David, an 8th-grade English language learner at I.S. 93 in Ridgewood, Queens. David has been participating in our Developing English Language Literacy through the Arts (DELLTA) program since the 6th grade. According to David, “…without dance how can we express our feelings? I dance to show the people I have feelings too. I’m not […]
During July and August 2018, ArtsConnection engaged 5,000 English Learner (EL) students in grades 2-8 in 76 schools throughout all five boroughs during a five-week summer school program. Conducted in partnership with the NYC Department of Education’s Division of English Language Learners and Student Support, AC artists implemented a theater and puppetry curriculum based on […]
Carol Morgan, ArtsConnection’s Deputy Director for Education and Joanna Hefferen, Director of Professional Development, are in Washington D.C. today participating in the US Department of Education’s Arts in Education (AIE) annual grantee conference, Forecast: A Well-Rounded Education With Sustainable Arts Learning. Our Digital DELLA program will be featured as Joanna presents as part of the […]
The students in Jennifer Golonka’s dance class are beginning to choreograph in small groups. They invent movements and spatial pathways using language to negotiate and problem solve as they work. The dance-making provides an authentic opportunity for the students to communicate, and the supportive collaboration provides a safe space to try something new.
Teaching Artist Chris Heller collaborates with ESL and classroom teachers at PS 239Q to use a theme from the Social Studies curriculum “Conflict in America” to help students design tableaux and write short scenes they perform for their classmates. Students gain a deeper understanding of the theme of conflict, which is also essential to good […]
Teaching Artist Tarik Davis works with ELA teachers at PS 153q in Maspeth, Queens NY to help ELL students take risks speaking English through rehearsal and performance by saying “Yes, and…” in improvisation. By building details together and engaging in peer feedback, fourth grade students build original scenes for presentation.
Sarah is a 5th grade advanced English Language Learner at PS 20Q. She is an eager student, but one who is still developing academically. In dance, she finds a creative outlet where she builds a strong artistic voice and grows into a leader among her peers.
The first goal of teaching artist Chris Heller’s theater residency at P.S. 239Q is to create a safe space for 4th and 5th grade ELLS to take risks in theater. Through scaffolded warm-up activities students progress through silent, physical warm-ups, to games in which they’re asked to say just one word or sound, to eventually […]
Mei-Yin Ng has been teaching Traditional Chinese Dance and Creative Movement at PS 20Q for 8 years. This combination of forms is essential to her identity as a Teaching Artist working with a diverse community of students that includes many English Language Learners.
Jia-Xing is a first year English Language Learner at PS 20 in Queens. He is also a naturally gifted dancer. We see how, through his engagement with Teaching Artist Mei-Yin’s dance unit, his command of the English language greatly improves, and he becomes a leader among his peer group.