Author: Steve Grenham and Donna Olson
This grant funded Urban Improv, a Boston Theatre group, to present six, one-hour workshops (two at Wheelock for third graders and four at Dale for fourth and fifth graders). Urban Improv is a professional acting ensemble with experience in education, psychology, and theater for young people. The lessons can be generalized throughout the social emotional learning curriculum. At Wheelock, the performance troupe will address important topics and issues pertinent to the environment, child development and health and safety, while weaving the subjects of diversity, mindfulness and empathy into the skits. At Dale, the theme will be treating others with respect and/or with empathy while also addressing impulse control, conflict resolution and decision making.