Embedded school programs eliminate many of the barriers students and their families face when it comes to accessing programs at WordPlay's writing center in Northside.


From the creative Aiken Writers Room to immersive Readers Theater performances to public Poet Trees, WordPlay brings project-based reading, writing and storytelling workshops into classrooms, with partnerships between trained teaching artists and classroom teachers to complement curriculum with the arts.

Regardless of delivery method, one thing is clear: school partnerships exponentially increase the number of students who build skills through WordPlay’s creative programs under the care and attention of WordPlay teaching artists and program leaders. Read on for some examples of WordPlay’s school-based programs.



Through a co-teaching partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools, WordPlay brings the arts into classrooms with a variety of programs. From Readers Theater to Poet Trees, art is incorporated into the curriculum, meeting Common Core standards and keeping students engaged as they learn.


An after-school reading lab piloted at Chase Elementary School, WORDlab provides support for students in grades 3-6 to boost reading proficiency. WORDlab is designed to foster positive feelings about reading and writing as students participate in focused reading activities blended with discussion, writing, visual art and themed movement/play.

WORDlab is made possible in part by grants from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; the Donald M. and Laura C. Harrison Foundation; and the Eleanora C.U. Alms Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.


The 2017-18 school year marked the first full year of the WordPlay Writers Room, embedded at Aiken New Tech High School. The Writers Room is the hub for a host of WordPlay programs both during and after school, a dedicated space within the school designed to provide equitable access to creative programs from which EVERY student can benefit. Students can attend regular workshops and work on self-directed and group creative projects in the literary arts during in-class collaborations with teachers and in our after school programs.

 The WordPlay Writers Room is made possible thanks to funding from:

Special thanks to our school partners:

Academy of World Languages

Aiken New Tech High School

Chase Elementary School

Cincinnati Public Schools

Ethel Taylor Elementary

Oyler School

Parker Woods Montessori

Project Connect

Roberts Paideia

Roll Hill Academy

Sayler Park Elementary

School for Creative and Performing Arts

South Avondale Elementary

Taft Information Technology High School

WordPlay's mission is to create spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring and sharing their voices


4234 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

p: 513-996-0010

WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Funding for WordPlay provided in part by:

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