I worked on many projects for CAPE, ranging from theatre-integrated residencies focused on SEL to music and literacy-based work. The Portfolio Design Project was the most ambitious. A four-year research project funded by the US Department of Education, students at 10 schools were followed for a three-year period as they created and added to “portfolios” of their arts-integrated learning. Each teaching artist was contracted to provide 20 sessions per year per classroom to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes at participating schools. 16 sessions per class were given in partnership with a visual or music arts teacher, and 4 per class were given by the teaching artist and the classroom teacher. Curriculum was totally original and co-planned with the specialists and classroom teachers as needed.
I taught at two schools, Talcott and Chopin/Lafayette. My projects ranged from non-traditional scoring of opera excerpts with with themes of forgiveness and figurative language (6th) to songs and lyrics based on novels of migration (Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz, for instance) which led to Common Core social science and SEL/literacy focuses. I taught about 300 hours for this program, not including final performances and planning hours.
See individual projects in the Portfolio, such as “Gift of a Slave”, for more information.