Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAP) wants to improve Arts Learning Leads to Literacy (ALLL), which is a literacy program integrating academic instruction into music, dance, theater, and visual arts. The program annually serves 3,300 K–12 students from New York City schools in at-risk areas. Although ALLL’s evaluation shows that it has positive results, LeAP wants to be proactive and change its current curriculum to better align with the higher performance standards of New York’s new Common Core Curriculum (CCC). LeAP intends to partner with New York University to create a more comprehensive curriculum for grades six through eight and have all teaching artists receive training specifically focused on the CCC.
Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAP) is an educational services organization that improves the quality of public education for New York City youth through a hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the academic curriculum.