The Center for Arts Education (CAE) wants to improve its in-school and after-school programs, which provide dance, music, theater, and digital media classes to New York City public-school students in grades K–12. CAE teaching artists have begun to work in inclusive classrooms, yet they do not have the specialized skills required to work with English Language Learners and students who require Individualized Education Plans. CAE will partner with external experts in bilingual education and on learning disabilities to train its teaching artists, perform site observations in inclusive classrooms, and provide feedback to CAE and the teaching artists. The consultants will also act as mentors to CAE staff and senior teaching artists, and provide them with site observation training to ensure that the improvement is sustainable in the future.
This grant will support the establishment of professional development workshops for teaching artists who work in inclusive classrooms.