ALLL 6-8 (Arts-Based Learning Leads to Literacy) Program
LeAp’s four-year grant from the US Department of Education (USDOE) is testing the effectiveness of teaching literacy and literacy linked to other core subjects through the arts in 10 middle schools in New York City.
Building on the proven success of LeAp's (ALLL K-2) Active Learning Leads to Literacy Program, ALLL 6-8 brings innovative teaching strategies to middle school students and teachers. LeAp utilizes innovative visual arts, writing, and theater activities to teach literacy through the English Language Arts curriculum.
This program is designed to improve vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills while encouraging students to enjoy language. Teachers participating in ALLL 6-8 will obtain these teaching skills during professional development workshops, held on site at the school. In addition, LeAp teaching artists work directly with students, modeling the integration of the strategies into classroom curriculum during twice weekly one-hour classroom sessions.
The goal of the grant is to see if the target population will show statistically significant higher levels of proficiency and advanced proficiency in standards-based English language arts and arts achievement levels when compared to control group pupils.
LEAP IN ACTION
Five professional development workshops are conducted in the school with classroom teachers. Educational strategies are also modeled in the classroom.