From Spark to Stage in Twelve Weeks: YPT Kicks Off In-School Programming

Last week, YPT kicked off what is always one of the most fun and exciting parts of our season:  the In-School Playwriting Program.  I was fortunate enough to not only teach one of the first workshops, but also to observe many others throughout DC. The first week of classes is the beginning of an exciting… Continue reading From Spark to Stage in Twelve Weeks: YPT Kicks Off In-School Programming

Theater Education Failed America

by Elizabeth Andrews In "How We Failed Theater" Jerome Weeks' great response to Mike Daisey's "How Theater Failed America," Mr. Weeks makes the case that theater education (or the lack thereof) is a major factor in the decline of the American theater. He speaks of his wife's struggles to teach theater to students at a public high… Continue reading Theater Education Failed America

A Guide to Acronyms and Agencies in DC’s Arts Education Landscape

by Brigitte Pribnow Moore As an LEA, DCPS is under pressure from NCLB to meet AYP each year. Thanks to Title I of the ESEA, the most underserved schools have more resources to help students meet DCPS Learning Standards when the OSSE administers the DC CAS this year. Isn’t the NAEP happening soon as well?… Continue reading A Guide to Acronyms and Agencies in DC’s Arts Education Landscape

Tips For Elementary School Teaching Artists

by Nicole Jost In my experience working with elementary school students, classroom management is a big challenge. I find myself entering the space with lots of enthusiasm and a desire to engage these young students, only to be derailed when I can't get them to listen to instructions. Unlike classroom teachers, who see their students… Continue reading Tips For Elementary School Teaching Artists