Educational Arts Team

Address

300 Morris Pesin Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07305
County: Hudson
http://www.educationalartsteam.org

Contact

Mr. Carmine Tabone

Grant Amount

$25,000

Program Area

Education

Focus

Grant Details

To support the Bringing Literature to Life project in Jersey City Public Schools that will improve teaching methods and increase student academic performance by infusing theatre and improvisational arts into the language arts curriculum.

Organization Background

Since 1974 EAT has developed innovative arts-in-education programs for youth and families. EAT is dedicated to bettering the educational and social lives of children through the arts. EAT offers a menu of in-school and after-school workshop programs for children and families, operates a popular summer arts camp, and provides professional development for educators.

The agency's programs use age-appropriate drama, storytelling, puppetry, music, creative writing and visual art activities as strategies for promoting learning: teaching basic academic subject areas, encouraging positive social experiences, promoting positive relationships, and dealing with pressing issues such as cultural diversity, youth violence, and substance abuse.

The project will be managed by the Executive Director of EAT, Carmine Tabone who holds an M. A. from NYU in Educational Theater and an Ed. S. from Seton Hall University in Education. Tabone, author/co-author of several articles in the handbooks on arts-in-education, has taught theater education at NYU and conducts trainings/workshops nationally and internationally. The EAT Teaching Artists (MA in theater education or comparable experience) will implement workshops, coach teachers, and co-facilitate trainings. EAT will partner with Jersey City Schools Performing Arts Department Supervisor David Radulich and K to 8 Language Arts Supervisor Chantel Snow.

Dr. Elaine Walker, Associate Professor and Research Fellow, Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University will oversee the evaluation. Dr. Walker has conducted numerous evaluations and has published articles on the use of theater arts strategies for improving student learning.

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