Literacy and Cultural Connections
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Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools To Teach What Matters .
Changing Worlds is educational arts nonprofit with a mission to improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.
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País de la organización
Estados Unidos, IL, Chicago
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Estados Unidos, IL, Chicago
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Oficial de recursos.
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¿Hace cuánto que viene operando tu organización?
Operando más de 5 años
La necesidad: ¿Cuál es el problema que tratas de solucionar?
In a global landscape where lack of empathy leads to stereotyping, violent behaviors and lack of human connections, Changing Worlds uses the power of personal narratives with writing and the arts to build inclusive learning communities, affirm identity and build cultural and human connections. Today, youth are exposed to violence daily and occupy classrooms where they don't feel a connection to the learning process. This is fueled by the increase in bullying and racially charged attacks. Research from John Hopkins University shows that youth who feeling a connection to school have a decrease in violent behaviors and increased academic outcomes.
La solución: ¿Cuál es tu solución? Sé específico.
Changing Worlds will replicate its research-based LCC program regionally in low income schools and districts through interdisciplinary arts, cultural awareness and literacy residencies that improve student learning, build empathy and foster inclusive learning communities. Changing Worlds' unique curricula modules, culturally responsive pedagogy and arts-infused activities encourage cross-cultural sharing and learning, and result in visual and performing artwork. Through the power of story and art, students work cooperatively, learn from and about each other, and express themselves creatively, resulting in an environment of inclusion and imagination. Such an atmosphere is crucial for the development of empathy, as students explore a unique opportunity to access one another personally and draw connections between each other’s lives, while simultaneously gaining a broader perspective through the exploration of world cultures.
El Modelo: Muéstranos a través de un ejemplo específico cómo tu solución hace una diferencia, incluye tus actividades primarias
The program has two main components: in-classroom residencies and teacher professional development. During the 15-week residencies, students become historians, artists and community change agents by conducting interviews with family or community members to learn more about their culture, family and community histories while also exploring large themes like peace, culture and citizenship. The information gathered through the interview process is compiled and synthesized into an integrated literacy and art product. Throughout the residency, students explore the work of professional artists, learn and apply art techniques, and build cooperation and community.
The inclusion of professional development ensures that classroom teachers and teaching artists alike are comfortable with the curriculum and invest personally in its use. Per school site, Changing Worlds engages teachers per grade-level cluster, starting with grades 3-5 in year one and continuing with grades 6-8 the following year. The third year of the program includes the development of school leadership teams that will build school-wide culturally responsive curricula units to guarantee the lessons and pedagogical approaches can be easily repeated in the future.
The result of a three-year study demonstrated that students engaged in the program outperform their peers in cultural awareness, academic outcomes and personal connections to schools.
El mercado: ¿Quiénes son tus pares y competidores? Identifica a otros que también estén trabajando para dar respuesta a las necesidades que tú abordas y en qué te diferencias de ellos. ¿Cuáles son los desafíos que estos jugadores podrían representar para tu éxito o crecimiento?
Changing Worlds is not alone in offering arts education programming in the Chicago area – organizations like Urban Gateways and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education work to offer similarly-structured programs. What makes us distinctive is our emphasis on the use of personal stories to promote cross-cultural awareness and build community. In the classroom, students rarely have an opportunity to share personal stories – we seek to provide an open, inclusive space of personal storytelling and art creation. Careful not to duplicate others’ efforts at the same school, we target schools without arts programming, where our programs can have the greatest possible effect.
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Changing Worlds is arts nonprofit with a mission to improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.
Identifica lo que es innovador en tu solución en 1-2 frases cortas. [136 caracteres/25 palabras]
LCC uses the power of personal stories to foster creative thinking, build positive social interaction and enhance cultural awareness.
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¿Cuál ha sido el impacto de la solución hasta la fecha?
The proposed program is an outgrowth of the organization's research-driven, three-year Literacy and Cultural Connections in-school program. In 2008, a longitudinal study was launched at three schools to measure the program’s impact on students' academic and social development. After three years of consecutive program participation, data revealed that CW students consistently demonstrated higher proficiency gains in arts learning, academic achievement and self and cultural awareness than their counterparts did. Just as important, the study also found that students’ interest in other cultures and development of empathetic behaviors increased, as did their appreciation for their own and others’ cultures. Since its inception the program has reached over 5,000 youth in the Chicagoland area, the program aims to build on this success and replicate it regionally.
¿Cuál es tu impacto proyectado para los próximos 1-3 años?
We expect the program to develop students on both an academic and a social emotional scale. Academically, we expect to see an improvement in reading and writing, along with – given past experience – improvement in academic test scores overall. Socially and emotionally, we expect to see students who are more aware of the struggles and challenges of others and that use the power of personal stories to be more inclusive and empathetic of others leading to less violent behaviors, more inclusive communities and a greater interest in their own and others’ cultures. By the end of the third year, we expect to see schools, youth and communities changed.
¿Qué barreras pueden dificultar el éxito de tu proyecto? ¿Cómo planean superarlas?
As teachers have limited time to conduct activities between sessions, connecting key activities and goals to residency sessions is important. Therefore, classroom management and focused curriculum conception will be essential factors during professional development sessions. Given past experience, we anticipate logistical and scheduling challenges that will continue to be a work in progress. Team teaching can be tricky, so moving forward we will devote more time to planning and collaboration between classroom teachers and teaching artists to ensure the process runs smoothly. Finally, new strategies need to be developed to ensure participant consent forms are collected.
Las iniciativas ganadoras presentan un plan fuerte de cómo van a alcanzar y realizar un seguimiento del crecimiento. Identifica tus metas a seis meses para el crecimiento de tu impacto
We envision new schools engaging youth and teachers in culturally responsive and arts-infused practices for over 10,000 youth.
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a las metas de seis meses.
Students will have begun to conduct interviews and explore other collaborative activities, developing socially.
Half of classrooms will have begun work on a final work of art or performance to be shown in an exhibition or culminating event.
80% of teaching artists and classroom teachers will indicate an effective and successful partnership guided by CW program staff.
¡Ahora piensa en grande! Identifica tu meta de impacto a 12 meses.
Schools will have been transformed into arts-infused learning hubs, with a blueprint for crafting arts and culture curricula.
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a tu meta de impacto a 12 meses
80% of students will demonstrate a greater ability to recognize individual & group similarities (using Illinois SEL Standards).
95% of students will demonstrate their learning through an art production or performance to be presented at a school-wide event.
75% of randomly surveyed teachers will indicate they have learned or applied new strategies into their classrooms due to LCC.
Historia de la fundación: Queremos saber acerca del momento en el que hiciste "¡Ajá!". Comparte la historia de dónde y cuándo el/los fundador(es) vio (vieron) el potencial de esta solución para cambiar el mundo.
According to photographer Kay Berkson, Changing Worlds' founder, "The seed of this project was a comment by a Native American mother as I photographed her child. She spoke of seeing people from many countries at her daughter’s school. 'I look at them and I wonder, ‘where did they come from; what’s their story?’ but I never know. No one talks about it.' Remembering her words, I thought about immigrant and refugee families I knew who wanted to share their stories, and about the personal connections and respect I felt as a result of that sharing. I believe that for both adults and children, sharing histories, acknowledging differences, and discovering commonalities benefit the tellers, the learners, and the larger community. In today’s political climate where anti-immigrant sentiment is widespread, anti-immigrant policies are sanctioned on local and national levels, and where ethnic tensions and hate violence are on the rise, these efforts are needed more than ever."
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Whenever possible, Changing Worlds partners with social service organizations that already maintain a presence at the schools with which we work. Examples include America SCORES, Children’s Home and Aid Society, and SGA Youth and Family Services. These partnerships enable us to ensure that students’ unique personal needs are also being met.
¿Qué tipo de equipo (personal, voluntarios, etc.) te asegurará que logres las metas de crecimiento identificadas en la sección de Impacto social/i>?
The program will be guided with help and coordination from our Director of Programs, who has experience playing multiple roles in the school system, from classroom teacher to principal. Oversight for the program will be provided by Changing Worlds’ Executive Director. Finally, our teaching artists are a talented group, all professional artists in their fields and with an average of 10 years’ teaching experience.
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