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Drama Rocket Supports

21st Century Learning

“GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.” – Clifford V. Smith, President of the General Electric Foundation

STEAM

Drama Rocket’s theatre arts curriculum complements the overall mission and framework set forth by STEAM Educators, who believe that Arts Integration in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, plays a vital role in the overall success of our 21st century learners. Research shows that there is a “proven interdependence between cognitive and deeper learning skills, and by focusing on both, may further improve reading, writing and mathematics performance.”

(The Need to Address Noncognitive Skills in the Education Policy Agenda)

"Man is unique not because he does science, and he is unique not because he does art, but because science and art equally are expressions of his marvelous plasticity of mind. "-Jacob Bronowski, Scientist, formerly of the Salk Institute

TEKS

Our lesson plans also support the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) Theatre Curriculum Framework as defined by The Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts, and includes diverse and challenging material that facilitates extensive, in-depth learning for students of all ages. Throughout the year, our Drama Rocket Pilots lead students through a series of lessons and exercises that include activities in Historical and Cultural Heritage, Creative Expression and Performance and Drama for Literacy.

“The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up.” – Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan