WDP Special Education Initiative

This grant will support the development of a curriculum and training tools for teaching artists who serve students with special needs.

Waterwell Productions provides the Theatrical Arts and Drama Programs for middle- and high-school students at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). Department of Education mandates have significantly increased the number of special education students who attend general education classes at PPAS. Waterwell’s teaching artists are not trained to work with special education students, and are unable to meet the students’ needs in the classroom. Waterwell proposes to hire a consultant to develop a training curriculum and to create tools for teaching artists to work with students with special needs. The consultant will train Waterwell’s director of education to support teaching artists throughout the year and to provide professional development to new staff.

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