Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton will visit Falling Creek Elementary School to observe prekindergarten classes implementing the Wolf Trap method. Members of the Chesterfield County School Board may participate in the 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 13 visit to Falling Creek Elementary, located at 4800 Hopkins Road.
The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is based in Vienna, just outside Washington, D.C. Wolf Trap’s programs include the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, which provides innovative, arts-based teaching strategies and services to 55,000 early childhood teachers, caregivers and children from birth through prekindergarten. Through its 16 affiliate sites and program services offered in 30 states, Wolf Trap is building a national network of arts and education professionals equipped with arts-based teaching strategies proven to improve student outcomes. As a premier outdoor concert venue, Wolf Trap also presents and produces a full range of performances at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.
Wolf Trap classrooms use arts-integrated learning. Children learn core skills like math, language and literacy through arts-based teaching methods. Students learn pre-algebraic concepts like patterns by practicing dance steps or the geometric concept of short and long by singing or problem solving through playwriting. The Wolf Trap approach pairs in-class services for students with quality professional development for teachers, so you’ll see both the classroom teacher and the Wolf Trap teaching artist working together with the student; this team approach gives the classroom teachers new tools and techniques that they can apply after the Wolf Trap residency has concluded. Here’s a quick overview of a Wolf Trap classroom in action: http://www.wolftrap.org/education/institute-for-early-learning-through-the-arts/engaging-children.aspx.