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Active Learning Leads to Literacy

ALLL K-2 Program

Active Learning Leads to Literacy Program (ALLL K-2), a program in part funded by the US Department of Education (USDOE), uses drama, visual arts, music, creative movement, cooking, games, and storytelling to improve the literacy skills of young learners from kindergarten to second grade. ALLL has been recognized as a model for successful teaching by the USDOE and the leaders of the New York City Department of Education.
 
ALLL K-2’s hands-on, multisensory, arts-based teaching strategies have been shown to help students improve their literacy skills. New York University’s research has shown that ALLL's K-2 students outperform their peers on 87% of the 23 literacy skills tested.
 
In addition to helping students, LeAp provides workshops that show early childhood teachers how to use ALLL techniques in their classrooms.

ALLL in Action!
New York University’s independent longitudinal study shows that ALLL has helped over 25,000 students become successful readers and proficient writers.
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ALLL - Active Learning Leads to Literacy K-2
"I feel the strengths of the program are the workshops, the active participation, coteaching with the artist, and the excitement overall.  It has provided me with the skills necessary to enhance my students' literacy skills with artistic movements and activities.  I have learned new approaches to teaching."
-- First Grade Teacher at MS 315 in the Bronx.

ALLL 3-5 Program

LeAp’s nationally recognized ALLL 3-5 program, initially funded by the US Department of Education (USDOE), effectively teaches literacy through the arts for 3rd- to 5th-grade students. The arts activities are an expansion of the strategies initially developed by LeAp's Active Learning Leads to Literacy (ALLL K-2) Program.
 
The purpose of ALLL 3-5 is to develop and test hands-on, arts-based teaching strategies that increase both literacy and arts learning. ALLL 3-5 is embedded into direct literacy instruction and links to NYS social studies curriculum, thereby enhancing instruction in several academic areas. ALLL 3-5 is proving to enhance music, visual arts, dance, and drama instruction by classroom teachers as well as to increase student performance on NYS standardized literacy tests.


ALLL in Action!
The ALLL 3-5 strategies seem to be closing the verbal gender gap between boys and girls and leveling the playing field for under-performing students and ELL students.
"I discovered during LeAp classes that you have to follow your dream even though everybody says it's impossible. The most important thing I learned was that (things) don't have to be perfect, just try your best."
-- Fourth Grade Student at FLACS in the Bronx.

ALLL 6-8 Program

LeAp’s four-year grant from the US Department of Education (USDOE) is testing the effectiveness of teaching literacy and linking literacy to other core subjects through the arts in 10 middle schools in New York City.
 
Building on the proven success of LeAp's (ALLL K-2) Active Learning Leads to Literacy Program, ALLL 6-8 brings innovative teaching strategies to middle school students and teachers. LeAp utilizes innovative visual arts, writing, and theater activities to teach literacy through the English Language Arts curriculum.
 
This program is designed to improve vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills while encouraging students to enjoy language. Teachers participating in ALLL 6-8 will obtain these teaching skills during professional development workshops, held on site at the school. In addition, LeAp teaching artists work directly with students, modeling the integration of the strategies into classroom curriculum during twice weekly one-hour classroom sessions.

ALLL in Action!
New York University’s independent longitudinal study shows that ALLL has helped over 25,000 students become successful readers and proficient writers.
VIDEO
ALLL - Active Learning Leads to Literacy 6-8
"This was a wonderful program that enhanced students' learning. The LeAp teaching artist was a great mentor to me as a new teacher. Her experience helped students learn and created a supportive learning environment."
-- Eighth Grade Teacher at MS200 in Queens.