SCHOOL DRAMA™ CLASSIC – PRIMARY TEACHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PROGRAM
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. The secondary focus is on improving student literacy and engagement.
School Drama was developed by STC over a four-year pilot program, in partnership with The University of Sydney and leading academic Professor Robyn Ewing AM. Since 2009, over 30,000 students and teachers have participated in the program.
WHAT DOES SCHOOL DRAMA INVOLVE?
The program begins with a 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.
STC partners each participating teacher with a STC 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 teaches 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.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
School Drama Classic is delivered in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Albury-Wodonga and Darwin.
To sign up for the program in 2021, please complete an expression-of-interest form below:
If you’re interested in other ways to deliver School Drama in your school context, click here.
SCHOOL DRAMA CLASSIC INCLUDES
- A one-on-one professional learning experience in your classroom
- Expert instruction from experienced Teaching Artists
- Three hours of pre-program professional development workshops with STC 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 has 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
HOW WILL SCHOOL DRAMA BENEFIT ME?
Ongoing research and evaluations illustrate that the co-mentoring model between the teacher and STC 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.
COST FOR SCHOOL DRAMA CLASSIC IN SYDNEY
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, STC is able to contribute a limited number of subsidies to schools.
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. Therefore, schools that request the program for two or more teachers will be prioritised in the application process.
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*School Drama Classic fees for Greater Sydney only. For regional and interstate fees, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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School Drama Classic and School Drama Hub were accredited under the previous NESA Professional Development arrangements. Note that NESA is currently reviewing its accreditation priorities, standards and processes. Sydney Theatre Company is seeking interim accreditation with NESA until July 2021.