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“As a special education teacher, I feel the play movements enhance the children’s focus on the story. I also feel storytelling, with its physical movements, silly questions, and actions, actually creates a more cohesive atmosphere in the classroom. It’s as if the ‘playing field’ has been altered and my kids have the same opportunities as everybody else to compete and follow along.”

“CAT’s method helped those children in my class enhance their speaking and listening skills by having the children come up with their own ideas, repetitive words/phrases which were said consistently and kept the children engaged in the storytelling.”

Increased Requests for Services

One of most important indicators of the effectiveness of CAT’s professional development workshops and residencies is the number of schools and CBOs that repeatedly request CAT’s services and purchase additional residencies.

 Bedford Stuyvesant Early Childhood Development’s education director purchased residencies for three of their sites. A former teacher, she had attended CAT’s workshops in her class in the past and now wanted to bring CAT back to her Brooklyn teachers and students.

 The Milestone School in Brooklyn once again purchased two residencies for their diverse population of early childhood special needs students.

 PS 163Q, PS 51Q, and the Brooklyn Early Childhood Center each purchased a residency, for the second year in a row.

 CAT welcomed two new partners in 2011-2012: Abyssinian Head Start and St. Elizabeth’s Academy.

Establishing a Community of Learners

Building on the foundational work from the last three years, the initiative has inducted another cohort of teachers into the growing community of learners. Teachers who attended the workshops together now collaborate and share ideas and skills across different schools and CBOs. They are united by their commitment to bring their students the best education – and educators – possible.

2011-12 Final Report CAT - NYC DOE OECE – Interactive Storytelling Professional Development Page 17

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