History/Timeline

  • 1997 — 1999

    Development of a theater arts and literacy infusion program in which elementary school students learn a series of stories, make paper puppets and scenery, write scripts and present their production to younger students.

  • 1999 — 2002

    The Superintendent of the Jersey City Public Schools (JCPS) provides funding for every 3rd grade student to receive 20 hours of our arts and literacy integration series. Student test results rise dramatically as a result of the program. The project is documented in the Youth Theatre Journal, Vol. 18, 2004. Please Click Here for the article.
  • 2000 — 2008

    The program develops a comprehensive violence and substance abuse project for middle school students. This includes the publication of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad: A Drama Workshop for Junior High and High School Students, Stage of the Art, Vol. II, No. 3, Spring 2000. 

  • 2001 — 2004

    Funding is received from Essex County New Jersey for a series of professional development workshops for teachers in the East Orange, Irvington and Orange public elementary schools.

  • 2002

    The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning publishes Martians Invade the Classroom: A Workshop in Language Learning, in Vol. VI, 2002.

  • 2005 — 2008

    Partnership with the Jersey City Public Schools Department of Visual and Performing Arts on a three-year theater arts and literacy integration program for fourth and fifth grade teachers and students, funded by the United States Department of Education Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination program. Evaluators from Seton Hall University report significant academic, pro-cognitive and pro-social improvement for 550 participating students in contrast to a control group of the same number. Highlights from the report can be found by clicking here.

  • 2006

    Carmine Tabone, Executive Director, co-authors Drama Activities for K-6 Students: Creating Classroom Spirit with educators Milton Polsky and Dorothy Schindel.
  • 2008

    A handbook for fourth and fifth grade teachers, the Magic Circle of Drama, consisting of strategies and applied lessons, is disseminated as part of the six hours of professional development for over 200 teachers.

  • 2008

    Project team members Bob Albrecht, Dina Bruno and Carmine Tabone write ‘Reporting the Right Thing’, a theater arts and language development workshop for the Journal of the Media Ecology Association, Volume 7 • Number 1 • 2008.

  • 2008 — 2011

    A second theater arts integration three-year project, this one for 6th and 7th grade students and teachers, is implemented in the Jersey City Public Schools. The results on standardized test scores in language arts and math for participating students are significantly higher than for the control group. For more information please Click Here:

  • 2010

    Program produces its second handbook, Bringing Literature to Life, which is disseminated to over 200 middle school teachers along with six hours professional development. 

  • 2010

    Executive Director Tabone and three researchers from Seton Hall University receive the American Alliance for Theater and Education Research Award.

  • 2011

    Executive Director Tabone and 2 professors from the Ohio State University provide 18 hours of professional development in theater arts literacy for over 300 Kindergarten to eighth grade teachers in Columbus Ohio.

  • 2011

    Walker, Tabone and Weltsek write ‘When Achievement Data Meet Drama and Arts Integration’,  Language Arts, V. 88, No. 5, May 2011.  National Council of Teachers of English. Article documents the effects of the program on student learning.

  • 2011

    American Alliance for Theatre and Education publishes findings on the project's literacy success with middle school students. Walker, Bosworth, McFadden, Finkelstein and Tabone: ‘Contribution of Drama-Based Strategies’, Youth Theatre Journal, 25: 2-15, 2011. 

  • 2010 — 2013

    Partnership with the Jersey City Public Schools on a third USDOE theater arts integration grant to improve teaching methods and increase student literacy in the second and third grades.