Active Learning Leads to Literacy: Strategies for Success
Conferees will leave this panel discussion with research-based, best practices in the use of standards-based arts education content and methodologies to promote enhanced English Language Arts achievement in the early grades. Ila Lane Gross, executive director of Leap (Learning through an Expanded Arts Program), a large and established arts-in-education organization that has a 30-year history of working in the New York City public schools, is the creator of the Active Learning Leads to Literacy (ALLL). Gross and Alice Krieger, associate executive director of Leap, will discuss and demonstrate how this dynamic, proven-effective arts-integration program, develops strong reading and writing skills in kindergarten to second grade students by using music, visual arts, dance, theatre arts, games, cooking, and museum visits. Dr. Vivian Clarke, professor, New York University, is the primary investigator of the in-depth three-year study that has confirmed that Leap’s ALLL program is making a difference. Clarke will speak to her results from the study funded by the U.S. Department of Education that show that 72% of students participating in ALLL significantly outperformed their peers. In fact, two years after participating in ALLL, students were reading one and one-half years about their peers.
Keywords: Literacy, Research-Based Best Practices, Arts Education, Reading, Writing, Early Childhood, English Language Arts, Literacy Skills, Non-Traditional Learning Styles, Hands on Methodologies, English Language Learners (ELLs), Learning Disabilities, Arts Integration, Quantitative Study, Qualitative Study
Ila Lane Gross
Executive Director, Every Division, Leap, Learning through an Expanded Arts Program
Dr. Vivian Clarke
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