Teachers Grow and Young People Find Their Voice. Ford's Theatre, where President Lincoln was assassinated, invited DME to help it build its education programs. DME provided technical assistance, research to "tune" new programs, and strategic guidance. Initial work focused on leadership, history, and voice. Through its oratory programs, Ford's empowers teachers and students, with a focus on rural and urban communities. DME studied partners from Missouri, D.C., Nebraska, Baltimore, Iowa, and across the U.S. to inform Ford's oratory work.
Tennessee Eliminates the Poverty Achievement Gap in Test Communities. DME's state needs assessment, Ready, Set, Grow!, served as the foundation for a Tennessee education reform effort that received the top rated 2006 U.S. Department of Education grant. The support catalyzed Value Plus Schools, a research-based, arts-infused reform initiative for schools in under-resourced communities, from rural mountain towns to urban cities. An independent evaluation finds
the Value Plus Schools students showed greater academic progress than
comparison schools, even though they had higher percentages of students
at-risk for failure. The reform approach involves families as assets, uses whole school professional development, teaches in and through the arts, and makes schools more permeable.
Theatre Empowers Those Not Heard
As a result of working with DME on its partnership with a maximum security juvenile rehabilitation center, Delaware Theatre Company learns to teach and adapt to a variety of populations. Through playwriting, theatre and professional development, DTC now structures innovative partnerships to cultivate and share the creative wisdom of students, seniors, and social service clients.