Following its successful release in Australia last year, The School Drama Book: Drama, Literature and Literacy in the Creative Classroom by Robyn Ewing and John Nicholas Saunders, is launched this weekend in New York. The event is part of the New York University Forum on Ethnodrama: The Aesthetics of Research and Playmaking, hosted by the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University's Steinhardt School.
The School Drama Book, published by Currency Press, introduces STC’s popular School Drama program to a wider audience. As well as discussing relevant Australian and international research about using drama to enhance literacy and English, the book explores the drama based conventions which are employed in the STC’s program and includes a comprehensive selection of units of work.
STC developed its in-school teacher professional learning program, School Drama, in 2009 in partnership with the University of Sydney. Specially trained Teaching Artists work alongside teachers throughout each term to pass on the use of drama strategies in cross-curriculum learning with a focus on literacy. The STC Teaching Artist team-teaches the program with the teacher in their classroom, modelling the drama strategies and empowering the teacher to confidently integrate these ideas and strategies into their regular teaching practice.
Explaining the genesis of the book co-author and Manager of Education at STC John Nicholas Saunders said: “Teachers kept asking Robyn Ewing and I if there was one comprehensive resource that encapsulated all of the work we do in STC’s School Drama program. We decided to bring together our practice, research and lesson plans developed through School Drama, into one accessible, practical textbook.
“Feedback from teachers using the book has been overwhelmingly positive”, he said. “We arethrilled to now share our findings with international colleagues in New York.”