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“Failing” Upwards
in Education

“Failing” Upwards

Wolf Trap High School Grants Program Gives Centreville Students Permission to Fail, and Find Their Way Back Think back to high school and the pressure you experienced as a student. Today, students are expected to excel in academics, sports, and the arts, while serving in leadership positions and staying active in their communities and extracurricular organizations—all while looking Instagram-perfect. The pressure of expectations from their...

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30 Jun 2021
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in Education, Institute

Fostering a Greater Appreciation for Other Cultures Through Movement: Up Close with Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist “Ms. T”

Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist “Ms. T,” Terlene D. Terry-Todd, is the founding artistic director for the Reston Institute for the Arts and a retired certified dance and adapted physical education specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools. A national presenter on dance education, Ms. T has received numerous awards and accolades for her choreography, her contributions to the arts, and her work with special needs...

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13 May 2021
field trip friday
in Education

The Making Of A Virtual Field Trip… and Advice for Teachers Who’d Like to Make Their Own!

Just over a year ago, Wolf Trap’s Cate Bechtold faced a problem. As Director of Internships and Community Programs for Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, she typically spent the winter preparing to welcome hundreds of young students from all across the Washington, D.C. area to Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, where they could enjoy Field Trip performances at the 700-seat outdoor amphitheater. Her biggest...

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13 May 2021
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in Education, Institute

Affiliate Spotlight: Singapore Wolf Trap and The Art Of Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

The creativity at Singapore Wolf Trap is contagious. From the moment it was launched by Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) in May 2019 as the first international affiliate for Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, the Singapore Wolf Trap team has brought the same enthusiasm to arts-integrated learning as it does to its stage productions. As one of the leading English language theatre...

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13 May 2021
D.C. Public Schools Early Childhood Educator Kalpana Kumar Sharma with Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Sue Trainor
in Education

#ThankATeacher: A Tribute for Teacher Appreciation Week

What is the role of a teacher? Whether in support of their school, their students, student caregivers, or their colleagues, teachers have always served many different roles to many different people. This year, the community has leaned on teachers perhaps more than ever to help navigate their children through this extended period of school closures due to the pandemic, and the profession, as a whole,...

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03 May 2021
Sprucing up Wolf Trap
in NPS

Sprucing up Wolf Trap

Our partners at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts have been busy planning, coordinating, and investing in deferred maintenance projects to improve the Park experience. Some of these changes are less visible to visitors than others, but all are important to keeping the treasured Park operating safely. Among the major projects underway are the installation of new electrical infrastructure and new stage rigging...

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01 Apr 2021
Celebrating Women in Wolf Trap’s History
in Foundation, Summer

Celebrating Women in Wolf Trap’s History

Before Wolf Trap was America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts, before legendary artists took the Filene Center stage, and before Wolf Trap became one of the most beloved performing arts venues in the Washington D.C. area, the land we enjoy today was a family farm that was unaware of the incredible role it would play in the future. Stroll down memory lane with...

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23 Mar 2021
Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Kofi Dennis interacts with students and teachers in a Chattanooga-area early childhood classroom.
in Education

The Importance of Teaching Black History Year-round

As the month of February has ended, I have been reflecting about the legacy of educator and historian Carter G. Woodson, who first established Negro History Week in 1926, as a means to recognize the history and achievements of African American people. Negro History Week would lead to the establishment of February as Black History Month, but Woodson and his fellow African American educators always...

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25 Feb 2021
Creating Connections with Children with Special Needs
in Education, Institute

Creating Connections with Children with Special Needs

A Spotlight on the Work of Teaching Artist Sherry Norfolk and Greater St. Louis Wolf Trap Sherry Norfolk has always been a storyteller. It’s one of the reasons she became a librarian, and it’s the primary reason why she decided to transition to become a full-time Teaching Artist and an award-winning professional storyteller. Norfolk’s vocal range can make her audience do a double take, as...

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25 Feb 2021
Creating Better Engagement Opportunities in the Classroom
in Education, Institute

Creating Better Engagement Opportunities in the Classroom

New Wolf Trap-ICF Study Offers Insight on the Value of STEM-Focused Arts-Integrated Learning and Its Role in Teacher Development Each day, teachers enter the classroom facing one constant challenge: how do I engage my students in learning? If “creativity is just connecting things,” as Steve Jobs once asserted, how can I, as a teacher, help encourage those connections for my students? This past spring, Wolf...

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25 Feb 2021
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