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School Drama™ ⁠– Primary Teacher Professional Learning Program

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WHAT When Where
Teacher professional development Term 2, 2022
Term 3, 2022
Term 4, 2022
Your classroom

 

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jena.prince@act.gov.au

School Drama is a TQI accredited professional learning program for 20 hours.

 

WHAT IS SCHOOL DRAMA™?

School Drama is a professional learning program with a difference – we bring the learning to you, pairing each teacher with a Teaching Artist to embark on a unique co-mentoring partnership.

School Drama has a dual focus. The primary focus is on the individual teacher’s professional learning. With this in mind, a Teaching Artist will model how to use process drama-based strategies with quality children’s literature to improve teaching and learning. This secondary focus is on improving student literacy and engagement.

School Drama was developed by Sydney Theatre Company over a four-year pilot program, in partnership with the University of Sydney and leading academic Professor Robyn Ewing AM. Since 2009, 35,000 students and teachers have participated in the program.

WHAT DOES SCHOOL DRAMA™ INVOLVE?

The program begins with a 1 hour Zoom briefing and a 3 hour pre-program professional development workshop, attended by all participating classroom teachers and school principals.

This is followed by two planning sessions with a Teaching Artist, focused on tailoring a team-teaching program to meet the specific learning goals of each class.

Canberra Theatre Centre partners each participating teacher with a CTC Teaching Artist for the school term. Together they explore how drama strategies can be integrated into any area of English and literacy, such as inferential comprehension, confidence in oracy, descriptive language or creative and imaginative writing.

Over seven weeks the Teaching Artist team teachers the program with the teacher in their classroom, modelling the drama strategies and empowering the teacher to confidently integrate these ideas and strategies into their regular teaching practice.

SCHOOL DRAMA™ INCLUDES:

  • A one-on-one professional learning experience in your classroom
  • Expert instruction from experienced Teaching Artists
  • Four hours of pre-program professional development workshops with CTC, Sydney Theatre Company and the University of Sydney
  • Two customised planning sessions before in-class workshops commence
  • Seven weekly in-class workshops
  • A wide range of drama strategies to employ across the curriculum

HOW WILL SCHOOL DRAMA™ BENEFIT MY STUDENTS?

A wealth of research studies have shown:

  • Increased student academic achievement in literacy and English
  • Improved student confidence
  • Increased student engagement and motivation
  • Significant improvements in class collaboration
  • Positive shifts in empathy

Click HERE to view more information on the benefits to students.

 

HOW WILL SCHOOL DRAMA™ BENEFIT ME?

Ongoing research and evaluations illustrate that the co-mentoring model between the teacher and a Teaching Artist is a powerful professional learning experience, with teachers continuing to use their new knowledge long after the Teaching Artist has left the school.

COSTS FOR SCHOOL DRAMA™ IN THE A.C.T.

As School Drama is a one-on-one comprehensive professional learning experience, it is expensive to deliver (around $2,500 per teacher).  Thanks to generous funders, our partner Sydney Theatre Company is able to contribute subsidies to schools across Australia.

The program aims to create a community of practice in schools. We have found that the program is most beneficial when schools enlist more than one teacher in School Drama and when all the teachers and the school principal attend the pre-program professional development workshops.

Number of teachers Unit Price per teacher Your school contribution* Sydney Theatre Co. contribution Full cost of the program
1 $1,875 $1,875 $750 $2,625
2 $1,750 $3,500 $1,750 $5,250
3+ $1,625 $4,875 $4,000 $8,875

*This is what your school will pay.

TALK TO US

For further information please contact jena.prince@act.gov.au