Partnership Update: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) has been coming to Jahn Monday through Friday to work with each preschool class in 2-week increments and themes. Students will also review what they have learned this year. 
Books Alive! is a proven arts-based program that strengthens the connections between arts and academics in classrooms. During the program, students read a book or short story together and then engage with the text through art, theater, and dance. CDE works with teachers to choose books and/or academic themes to explore. 
The Books Alive! program teaches literacy and reading comprehension, along with conflict resolution techniques through the auspices of theatrical conventions. With a core social justice component, the Books Alive! program engages both the Illinois Learning Standards and Social Emotional Learning Standards to establish and assess measurable outcomes.
A special thank you to CDE's Executive Director & Teaching Artist, Ellyzabeth Adler. CDE is also our after-school dance provider for grades 3rd-8th on Tuesdays. Thank you for a great year! 
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