Now accepting classrooms for the upcoming school year!
A select number of classrooms are eligible to receive this program at a discounted rate. Contact Kristina S. Rowell, Education Director, for more details.
About the program:
Neighborhood Bridges is a nationally recognized literacy program using storytelling, creative writing, and creative drama to help children develop their critical literacy skills and to transform them into storytellers of their own lives. Students in the Neighborhood Bridges Program understand the power of narrative by becoming examiners not only of text but of the world around them. As they identify assumptions, values and power in stories, Bridges students ask questions and transform narratives. Neighborhood Bridges is designed to animate learning and transform classrooms into communities where students think independently and work collectively. The program addresses state and national language arts standards. In participating classrooms the classroom teacher collaborates with a Studio East teaching artist to provide 10 weekly 2-hour Neighborhood Bridges sessions. Neighborhood Bridges is available for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms.
Founded in 1997, Neighborhood Bridges is a nationally recognized literacy program developed by Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis in collaboration with University of Minnesota. As a recipient of the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant, Neighborhood Bridges is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national model for arts education. There are 19 companies across the country now offering Neighborhood Bridges to schools in their community and Studio East is the first to offer it in Washington State.
The impact of Bridges is particularly evident among English Language Learners: 15% more of these students meet or exceed state standards in reading when compared to ELL students who had not been in Neighborhood Bridges. Exceeding goals, 100% of 2nd and 3rd grade students and 97% of 4th-6th graders who participated in Neighborhood Bridges met the benchmark for student achievement in writing.
Now accepting classrooms for the upcoming school year program! A select number of classrooms are eligible to receive this program at a discounted rate. Contact Kristina S. Rowell, Education Director, for more details.
Thank you to Microsoft for providing a generous grant award to Studio East to make this program possible!