Trenton Education Dance Institute


635 S. Clinton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08611
County: Mercer


Ms. Donna C Pressma

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To support the Trenton Education Dance Institute in Trenton schools, and for the SWAT and Celebration after-school student dance companies.

Organization Background

Saving children's lives and building strong families is the mission of The Children's Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ). Founded in 1894 as the state's first orphanage, CHSofNJ has grown into a widely-respected multi-dimensional child welfare and social service agency. CHSofNJ advances its mission through services and activities in five general areas: school-based youth development; early childhood and parenting education; child, family and maternal health; behavioral and mental health; and child welfare, permanency and kinship services.

The mission of the Trenton Education Dance Institute (TEDI) program is to teach students the art and life lessons of dance, and to reinforce the skills needed to succeed in the classroom and grow into dynamic, productive individuals. TEDI is a school-based arts-centered youth development program. TEDI introduces students to dance and the arts, while developing their physical, cognitive, creative and interpersonal skills.

TEDI is not part of or a substitute for the arts curriculum of the Trenton Public Schools. Rather, TEDI supplements the district arts program in the schools where it operates, providing an introduction to the arts, the opportunity to fully participate in dance performance, and illustrating connections between dance and the regular school curriculum, and between students' lives and the world beyond their immediate experience. TEDI students live in an impoverished community lacking in extracurricular activities readily available to their peers in neighboring communities.

The mission and goals of the TEDI program are well reflected in the literature review conducted by a statewide Maryland task force on arts education, which concluded that the arts influence students by teaching and fostering: creativity and innovation; cognition; identity, self-efficacy, self-esteem, and self-confidence; sense of community and collaboration; critical thinking and problem-solving skills; language and memory skills; tolerance and empathy; and attention span and motivation. The literature review found that the arts also contribute at the school and district level. (Final Report of the Governor's P-20 Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in the Maryland Schools. (September 2014). Baltimore, MD: Arts Education in the Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance.)

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