Teaching 21st Century Skills in After School

Urban Arts Partnership (UAP) provides arts education to 55 New York City schools through arts integration, after-school, advanced studio, and various other programs.

Urban Arts Partnership (UAP) wants to improve its after-school program, which is delivered two times per week and is comprised of dance, music production, digital media, playwriting, poetry, theater, and other art forms. UAP worked with McKinsey & Company on a strategic plan as well as an evaluation of its programs and found that its after-school program did not advance the intellectual and social development of its participants. UAP plans to revise its curriculum to make sure that students acquire vocabulary, writing, reading, analytical, and presentation skills. Explicit opportunities for self-advocacy and developing student voice will be built into the lesson plan for each program. The revised curriculum will also include an assessment component, and all teaching artists will be trained to implement the curriculum.

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