The PAEP will use the grant to draw on their current work in Arts Link: Building Competencies in Mathematics and Science through an Arts Integration Model, itself a United States Dept. of Education grant, to develop a program that targets 6th to 8th grade at-risk students at five schools in the School District of Philadelphia (Harding Middle School, Bache Martin, Dobson, George Washington, and Creighton Elementary). The program, according to PAEP, “will employ the visual and performing arts as a means to strengthen students’ mathematics and science competencies, improve students’ standardized test scores, and enhance the development of students’ pro social behaviors and attitudes towards school.” The PAEP will be placing 20 “teaching artists” across the five schools that will incorporate math and science skills with their daily lessons, to promote, “experiential learning reflecting required grade level math and science units of study to improve students’ understanding of core content, [developing] critical thinking skills, and will include research and writing skills in each arts unit of study.”
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