3 WAYS TO BRING THE WORD TO YOUR SCHOOL
Arts education is an essential tool for educational change in New Haven. We believe that increasing students' access to the arts through The Word will dramatically improve their educational outcomes, as consistently borne out by research, and that training teachers on integrating arts into the curriculum will extend these gains to students who may not even be directly involved with the program.
Teaching Artists (TAs) help a group of self-selected student poets and rappers hone their writing and performance skills in after-school workshops. There is 1 after school program held at Neighborhood Music School on Thursdays called Writing Liberation Workshop. There is a new after-school program being offered with the Stetson Library branch beginning in the 2023-24 school year. The Word is also partnering with schools across New Haven to offer bi-weekly workshops! The workshops offered every other week will be open to all students. We are partnering with both middle and high schools. Stay tuned for which school we will be at next!
INTRO TO THE WORD POP UP EVENTS
Teaching Artists lead a one-time introduction to spoken word during or after school, focusing on igniting student passion for poetry through a performance, writing prompt, conversation, and information about ways to get involved.
Teaching Artists teach an existing class of students to critique, write, and perform poetry, spoken word, or hip-hop. Teaching Artists collaborate with the classroom teacher to connect student writing to existing curriculum; to prepare students for events they can perform in throughout the year such as Citywide Jams and Youth Slams. The TA will help students become more confident writers and discuss Social Justice topics and advocacy, fostering student development of their own voices and using Spoken Word specifically as a method of raising their voice. This work is always then connected back to the classroom curriculum and the links between the two are woven together. The TA will also help teachers adapt the Teaching Artists’ lessons for their own use if requested. The number of sessions varies based on school requests/ preferences.