Performing Arts as a Teaching Tool
theArtsFund, became an affiliate of Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in 2016, to leverage the power of the performing arts to empower Teachers to engage children to become successful learners.
How San Antonio Wolf Trap Early Learning is Expanding Possibilities in Classrooms
“ All of my students wanted to be a part of the reading/acting out of the book. Even my quietest student (this student does not talk) asked to come to the front and be part of the lesson. Great Job!” -Mr. Barrintos,Teacher/ Winston Elementary, Edgewood ISD, Joy Jimenez, San Antonio Wolf Trap Teaching Artist
"It assists in developing and building vocabulary through movement. It was a benefit, as a professional, to allow myself to explore other avenues to produce a system in classroom management, interacting through literacy and incorporating other content areas." -Mrs. Cameron,Teacher/ Heritage Elementary, Southside ISD, CT Rhames, San Antonio Wolf Trap Teaching Artist
"The residency provided new insights of subject matter by using different types of puppets, singing songs, and using different body movements/gestures(while incorporating the literature being studied) in order to help them to learn new vocabulary words, accommodate their different learning styles, and help students fully understand and retain information." -Mrs. Stefanie Escobar, Teacher/ Gallardo Elementary, Southside ISD, Katrin Blucker Ludwig, San Antonio Wolf Trap Teaching Artist
Integrating the performing arts is a powerful teaching strategy that unlocks children's innate desire for joyful, active learning.
High quality early education is essential to giving children the best possible start in life.
What is Wolf Trap?
Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is a program of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Wolf Trap, VA.
The Wolf Trap Institute received a major grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education to develop a program that uses performing arts-based techniques to improve math skills, the foundation for all science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning—a nationwide priority. With 35 years of experience, The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts (Institute) is a recognized national model for utilizing the performing arts to promote young children’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development and school readiness while enhancing educators’ instructional skills through effective arts-integrated professional development.
In a controlled study conducted over four years by the American Institutes for Research, Wolf Trap’s Early Learning Through the Arts program was proven to have a statistically significant, positive impact on students’ math achievement.
In a very significant piece of recognition by the Department of Education, that speaks volumes to the reputation and impact of Wolf Trap programs is the inclusion as a case example on page 19-20 of the guidance for Title IV, under allowable uses of funds for Activities to Support Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities in the recent ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act report, section 4107.