In the current educational climate, creativity in learning and teaching too often takes a back seat to standardized testing. However, research demonstrates that learning the strategies and habits of the creative process can have a significant impact on a child’s achievement in school and in life.
A disproportionate number of low-income, minority and ELL children read and comprehend below grade level and perform below state averages on the MCAS.
Our target population confronts numerous other challenges in their lives that can impede their ability to learn. Those who struggle the most academically often lack support at home to guide them on an academic course, especially when parents have limited education or are not native English speakers themselves. Reading comprehension may be limited by having little exposure at home to books or to cultural, historic or natural resources beyond their neighborhoods. And too many of these young people witness and experience violence at an early age.
To lead fulfilling lives and prepare for successful careers in the 21st century, all students must acquire more than just the basic skills. They must also learn to think creatively and communicate effectively.
To increase access to the arts among the diverse at-risk populations, dynamic new strategies are needed to fully engage kids in the artistic process and empower them to give wings to their words.