Drama in the Schools

Drama in the Schools is Victory Gardens Arts Integration Program, where visiting artists work in partnership with teachers to try different ways of learning.

By using the arts discipline, a whole new world is opened up for students, teaching them, among other things, concentration, inductive and deductive reasoning, teamwork self esteem and problem solving. We offer program units emphasizing: Character, Plot, Storytelling, and The Classics (from Greek Tragedy to Epics to Shakespeare).

Teachers and artists work together to explore alternative teaching methods to enhance their curricula, thereby enriching the students learning experience as well as exposing them to the arts at large. The units are easily adaptable to most curricula, and work best when the artist and the teacher are able to work on multiple units throughout the school year, creating continuity with the students, and a real partnership with the artist and the teacher.

Partnership Expectations

Victory Gardens Drama in the Schools program is a true partnership between teacher and teaching artist. The teaching artist will be in the classroom several times throughout the year, so cooperation is paramount.

  • Administrating the pre and post assessments.
  • Providing space for theater exercises, games, and performances (the classrooms work well for this).
  • Having the students fill out peer evaluation forms.
  • Filling out teacher evaluation forms.
  • Providing class time for the students to work on their projects between visits.

The teaching artist assigned to a class also has requirements, which include:

  • Engaging the students.
  • Connecting the units to the class curriculum.
  • Checking with the teacher/partner to make sure the program stays relevant to the curriculum.
  • Overseeing the group work by the students.
  • Filling out artist assessments.
  • Collecting and turning in student generated material, evaluations, and assessments.
  • Representing Victory Gardens to the best of their ability.

These requirements should ensure that the students, teachers, and teaching artists get the most out of the program. It is our goal to integrate into the existing curriculum, so open communication between the partners is essential. Any questions that cannot readily be answered by the teaching artist should be referred to the Arts Education Director, Robert Cornelius.