Cleveland Play House (CPH) was one of just 18 organizations awarded new Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grants by the U.S. Department of Education.

The initial grant of $444,050 will be part of the four-year $2,000,000 total to fund CPH’s new Compassionate Arts Remaking Education (CARE) program. CARE will be implemented in partnership with The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to improve social emotional learning (SEL) skills, increase literacy learning, and benefit under served students. Use of high-quality digital tools, training, and Common Core standards-based instruction, along with professional development sessions and real-time coaching for educators will increase capacity to build theatre integrated lessons and a positive classroom environment.

“This grant from the Department of Education recognizes Cleveland Play House as a leader in the field. Most people know us for our work on the stage, but equally important to our mission is the work we do in classrooms and with young people across our region,” states CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley. “Our innovative CARE program uses theatre techniques to teach critical 21st century skills such as collaboration and creativity while boosting students levels of empathy and self-confidence, setting students up for success in the classroom and in life. This grant will allow us to bring the program to more students, both regionally and across the country.”



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