We are thrilled that we will be partnering with Zone 126 this year, bringing the ENACT method into three Zone schools in Astoria and Long Island City. ENACT will be helping Zone 126 achieve this vision by sending our trained acting professionals into classrooms in three community schools – two elementary schools and one high school – where we will provide our signature workshops, along with professional development for school faculty and family workshops for parents and guardians.
The vision of Zone 126 is for every child to graduate from high school prepared for college and the 21st century world. Like the Zone, ENACT believes schools are central to the integration of academic, youth development, community and family empowerment.
This partnership is one of many we have with other organizations that share our values and the belief that young people are a community’s greatest asset. We are thrilled that after much discussion and planning, we will be implementing these programs in the 2015-16 school year!
ENACT is thrilled to report that it has just been awarded a Hearst Foundation grant to build the capacity of its New York City programs and begin a pilot dissemination of its signature method on the west coast. The grant will help to support the training in the greater Los Angeles community of more than a dozen professional actors and drama therapists in the ENACT method while showcasing the model in select schools there. ENACT is collaborating with the Coalition for Engaged Education to develop the west coast training module.
ENACT is also featured in this month’s issue of Drama Therapy Review. In an article entitled, “Evaluating drama therapy in school settings: A case study of the ENACT programme,” ENACT Founder and licensed drama therapist Diana Feldman and Pace University researcher Thalia R. Goldstein show how a four-year evaluation of the ENACT program prompted the creation of assessment tools and curricula that have informed the method and allow the organization to continue measuring the success of ENACT workshops in facilitating students’ school engagement.
In November, ENACT will also share its use of assessment tools to measure student outcomes at the 20th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. This month, Diana Feldman was a presenter at the North American Drama Therapy Association’s 2015 Conference, speaking on best practices for working with systematically oppressed populations in school settings.
Drama therapy was known by few in the education system in the mid-1980s when ENACT’S programming began. Due to the program’s success in reaching some of the school system’s most challenging populations, ENACT quickly became known as a resource of choice in the New York City public schools and has served as a model for introducing drama therapy into the classroom environment. “With the increase in drama therapy programs now working with the school-age population, it is essential that representative programs continue to be evaluated, and that findings are used to inform the development of the field,” says Feldman.
Recognizing #SpiritDay on Thursday, October 15, ENACT staff and friends will be wearing purple in support of LGBT youth and to take a stand against bullying. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag. Please join us as we celebrate #kindness!
Thanks to a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation, ENACT will be taking its evidence-based model to Los Angeles this school year. Beginning in November, we will be working with a partner charter school to develop a customized curriculum for student workshops and professional development. In partnership with the Coalition for Engaged Education, we will train up to twelve actors in the ENACT method and develop a national advisory board to help us develop the best model for scaling our programming nationally. Stay tuned!
We’ve been quiet all summer, but that’s because we’ve been super busy behind the scenes, getting ready for the new school year (we hope you’ve been following us on Twitter and Facebook!) Now it’s officially the start of the new school year, and we’re thrilled to be back at MS 363, Urban Assembly at New Tech and Khalil Gibran High School. And that’s just our Long-Term School Partnerships! As always, we’ll be in residence in well more than 50 schools and other sites this year. And we’re already gearing up for Show UP!, thanks to continued funding from the Pinkerton Foundation for the 2015-16 school year. Stay tuned, there’s lots to follow! In the meantime, here’s a picture of our amazing kids at MS 363 and wonderful teaching artists, Cristina Hernandez and Jose Aranda.