CDE teaching artists carefully plan lessons through a fully developed progressive education curriculum and pedagogy that explore a particular theme through music, dance, art, and drama. Classes include multiple arts disciplines and encourage students to be creative in new artistic ways. Working with classroom teachers is additionally designed to reinforce math, science, and reading skills through art and performance, which results in a much more memorable, exciting experience for the students and the classrooms teachers are trained to replicate components of the program after the residency is complete.
The “Books Alive!” program engages both the Illinois Learning Standards and Social Emotional Learning Standards to establish and assess measurable outcomes. Standards addressed through Illinois Learning Standards include “Art Making”, “Art Literacy”, “Interpretation and Evaluation and Making Connections” between artforms and the presentation of creative ideas. Equally important are the social/ emotional skills provided within the context of this program. Students garner communication skills both from a bi-lingual sense and through the use of new dance vocabulary. They also learn collaboration, team building, competitive, positive interaction and peer mentorship as they learn and teach program components with and through each others’ interactions. (SEL Goal 2A.4b, 2C.4b). Student will also enhance their creative and analytical thinking, and their problem-solving skills. (Goal 1C.4b) and decision making, leadership and mentorship will also be founded and enhanced through this program. (Goal 1A.4a). Finally, students in the program will benefit from understanding the importance of and the use of positive attitudes. (Goal 1A.4b.) It is most reasonably understood that students will garner skills in Self-Awareness and Self-Management, will discover Social Awareness and Interpersonal Skills, and will learn Decision-Making Skills and Responsible Behavior.
By emphasizing the creative process, students are provided with an outlet to express their thoughts and opinions through the arts thereby nurturing teamwork, discipline, constructive criticism, and the ability to see projects through to completion. This type of education enables CDE to provide students with skills that better prepare them for high school and college. Because many students return to distressed home environments at the end of the day, this teaching methodology has evolved to encourage students' social- emotional growth in addition to their artistic competency. CDE instructors are trained to positively reinforce good behaviors, team work, and creative risk-taking rather than creating an authoritarian environment. As a result, students discover holistic development to better empower their educational and creative prowess.
Prior to each session, classroom teachers and the CDE teaching artists collaborate through planning meetings to create a unit of study. The theatre curriculum will coincide with lessons taught by the classrooms teachers and part of their classroom unit plans.
CDE is available for Professional Development Workshop. We will teach the "Spelling Dance Warm-up" and other fun and engaging teaching techniques.