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.
WORDPLAY'S IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
ARTS INTEGRATION 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.
WORDlab AT CHASE ELEMENTARY
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.
WRITERS ROOM AT AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL
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
Parker Woods Montessori
Roll Hill Academy
Sayler Park Elementary
School for Creative and Performing Arts
South Avondale Elementary
Taft Information Technology High School