Education


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May 13, 2021

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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May 13, 2021

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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D.C. Public Schools Early Childhood Educator Kalpana Kumar Sharma with Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Sue Trainor
May 03, 2021

#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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Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Kofi Dennis interacts with students and teachers in a Chattanooga-area early childhood classroom.
Feb 25, 2021

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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Creating Connections with Children with Special Needs
Feb 25, 2021

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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Creating Better Engagement Opportunities in the Classroom
Feb 25, 2021

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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Sharing Love & Knowledge Through Music
Jan 26, 2021

Sharing Love & Knowledge Through Music

What exactly is a “Drumcussionist”? Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist “Uncle Devin” Walker coined the term to describe his joyful flair for combining drums and different percussion instruments—even one’s own body—to take children and their families on a journey through rhythm and music genres....

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Choosing Children’s Books
Dec 10, 2020

Choosing Children’s Books

Who doesn’t love curling up with a good book? At Wolf Trap, the Education team is always on the lookout for great new children’s books. Several times a year, they hold book explorations with Teaching Artists to display the latest finds. So what do Laura Annunziata, Wolf Trap Education’s Assistant Director of Professional Development, and her team look for in quality children’s literature? How to...

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Western Pennsylvania Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Joanna Abel from the session “Dancing as We Grow”
Nov 03, 2020

A Year of Reflection and Innovation

This October, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts invited its 22 affiliates and teaching artists from across the United States and Singapore, as well as Wolf Trap Foundation staff and board members, to its annual Affiliates Conference. ...

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Teaching Resiliency Through the Arts
Sep 25, 2020

Teaching Resiliency Through the Arts

A Q & A with Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Valerie Branch Valerie Branch has been a Master Teaching Artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts since 2014, and is a Director of the Maryland Wolf Trap Affiliate. She specializes in contemporary dance, and works with teachers and students in early childhood classrooms, to deliver impactful, meaningful engagement through Classroom Residencies, Professional...

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