Creative Classrooms Collaborate @ Birchwood

One of Birchwood’s dance teams grabs a pose with the five theme cards that each of the students participating signed.
One of Birchwood’s dance teams grabs a pose with the five theme cards that each of the students participating signed.
Each team worked together to collaborate and create a dance highlighting their particular theme statement.
Each team worked together to collaborate and create a dance highlighting their particular theme statement.
Kendra Mace Clark, from the Suffolk BOCES Arts-in-Education program, gave our Birchwood students plenty of creative room to express themselves.
Kendra Mace Clark, from the Suffolk BOCES Arts-in-Education program, gave our Birchwood students plenty of creative room to express themselves.
Ms. Jimenez’s fourth-graders took on an important theme and did a great job with their respective dances.
Ms. Jimenez’s fourth-graders took on an important theme and did a great job with their respective dances.

Birchwood’s fourth-grade students have been enjoying their Creative Classroom Collaboratives (C3) Squared participation. Our fifth grade students will also be participating in these valuable sessions as well. C3 Squared is a grant-funded program that supports student curricula by working with teaching artists, cultural partners and top-notch performers that will enhance 21st Century Skills by focusing on an arts-infused approach to education. This will include ongoing professional development for all teachers both in the summer and during the school year, as well as performances that have teaching artist residencies aligned to the current curriculum wrapped around the performances.

“Teachers here at Birchwood have been working on ‘theme statements’ as part of their academic plans and what we have been doing as part of the C3 Squared program is to take values from each of those ‘theme statements’ and put them into action via a dance routine,” said Kendra Mace Clark, an Artist/Educator from the Suffolk BOCES Arts-in-Education program. “I want them to take away a broader understanding of what dance can be.”  Kendra was joined by Lorraine Sopp, a Project Coordinator responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the Creative Classroom Collaborative Project.