Developing Citizen-Teachers Through Performance Arts in the Summer Institute
Summary: The authors describe their integration of the arts, particularly process drama, into the summer institute as a vehicle for providing equity, supporting educational reform, and promoting the concept of the citizen-teacher.
Authors Nancy Mellin McCracken and Anthony Manna, with Darla Wagner and Bonnie Molnar, describe the journey they undertook integrating the arts into the summer institute. Over a ten-year period, 1996–2006, they turned the arts into a vehicle for providing equity, supporting educational reform, and promoting the concept of the citizen-teacher.
The monograph describes three activities in detail: a writing wall, performance poetry, and process drama, showing how each addresses state academic content standards for writing while developing the participants' capacity as citizen-teachers. Extensive appendices provide information on implementing these activities.