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In Classrooms Programs

Our In Classrooms programs are all based on our theory of change, with our premier In Classrooms program being Students Create Change (SC2). Students Create Change is primarily done with pre-K classrooms because of it's proven ability to drastically accelerate kindergarten readiness* but can be done with any age, including working professionals as workplace training!


This program is a truly one-of-a-kind four-”stage” theatre education program, specifically designed by theatre professionals in partnership with trained ESL educators to focus on empathy building. Participants are taken through four “stages” of learning theatre arts - all of which correspond with one of the “Four C’s” of life skills. Students Create Change is a flexible program, we are able to alter the program however the students' levels and time allowed needs, however is typically done within a 10-12 week session.

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*Using TS GOLD® Standards for kindergarten readiness, pre-k children who participated in a 5-week Students Create Change cohort, with only 10 hours of instruction, had 92% measurable movement after just 5 weeks of In Classrooms programming. Pre-K students receiving otherwise identical Step Up to Quality: 5 Star Rated curriculum, without ALT In Classrooms, showed on average 60% measurable movement over 52 weeks.

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In Classrooms Productions: Student Written, Produced, & Acted Pieces

  • ALT + DSAGC World Premiere Event
    ALT + DSAGC World Premiere Event
    May 22, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Cincinnati, 4623 Wesley Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45212, USA
    May 22, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Cincinnati, 4623 Wesley Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45212, USA
    ALT and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati are at it again!
  • The Bank - The Academy of World Languages - ALT InClassrooms
    The Bank - The Academy of World Languages - ALT InClassrooms
    Apr 25, 2023, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cincinnati, 2030 Fairfax Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207, USA
    Apr 25, 2023, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cincinnati, 2030 Fairfax Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207, USA
    Join us for the world premiere of the ALT In Classrooms original stage play! ALT In Classrooms is made possible by MC and Tom Brennan

How ALT's Evidence Based In Classrooms Pillar Programs Work

ALT leverages the medium of theatre to generate social change for the betterment of all people in our community. Systemic change is our ideal. Empathy-building is our strength. In March 2019, Forbes showed a direct correlation between theatre arts exposure and higher test scores (math, literacy, several others), better classroom behavior, and improved learning environment overall. Furthermore, the Mayo Clinic has identified key components of KRA as: taking turns and cooperating with others, communicating how they are feeling, empathizing with other children, and paying attention. All of these components are intimately connected with theatre experiential learning.


Organizationally, ALT is in a prime position to accelerate behind this systemic change. Since inception ALT has partnered with other human service organizations, and aligns completely to creating a more equitable tomorrow through accessible theatre. This is not something we do. This is who we are.


The ten-session sequence is an adaptation of ALT's 5-year-old program Students Create Change. This process leverages the unique expertise of the Executive Artistic Director & CEO - father of two Cincinnati preschool students in a Quality Gap neighborhood. Matthew David Gellin has worked with children and devised original theatre across three continents.


Currently being offered at a 5-star YMCA, the lead teacher and site director observe immediate results well beyond their expectations. The site director - Louise Williamston - served decades as an in-home provider and confirms this service would work well in that setting too. 


Research has proven time and again the value of experiential learning, theatre experiences improve nearly all test scores, and how critical SEL is in a technology society today. ALT will establish a steering committee of experts to help oversee strategy components, conduct ongoing analysis, and quality improvement to ensure the program remains effective.


If the programmatic service is selected at the proposed scale, success is seen in many ways including:

  1. KRA, TS Gold tracking, and Ages and Stages scores increase holistically across all domains, particularly the social emotional domain

  2. Guardians feel they have more fully engaged in furthering their child’s education at home

  3. Roughly 24 original productions are created by CPP students

  4. CPP and ALT agree to continue this multi-year systemic change together and demonstrate to the rest of the country what can be achieved when leveraging our differences. 


The providers hosting each cohort will feel an impact as well. Directors, teachers, and providers have a newly found partner in ALT partnering to impact both CPP and non-CPP children and families. When Cincinnati children need help with cognitive deficits, they can still go to intervention specialists. Now when Cincinnati children need help with social emotional domains, they can go to ALT.

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