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DREAM Project

Developing Reading Education with Arts Methods

An approximately $1 million dollar grant through the United States Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement: Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program (2009–2013)

In this exciting partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and the North County Professional Development Federation, Center ARTES programs brought the arts to 3rd and 4th grade teachers and students in schools with 35% or more free or reduced lunch populations. We estimated reaching approximately 50 teachers and nearly 1000 students per year.

The program's goal was to train teachers to use visual arts and theater activities in-class to improve students' reading and writing skills. Beginning in June 2009, and for four total years (until 2013), the program offered one-week Summer Institutes coupled with coaching by professional artists throughout the year.

The program had a long term impact through researching and demonstrating the effectiveness of using the arts to improve students' reading and writing skills. This grant follows up on previous studies of Center ARTES' award winning SUAVE program, which showed clear improvements in language arts test scores among participating children.

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