Sydney Theatre Company launches The School Drama Book: Drama, Literature and Literacy in the Creative Classroom by Robyn Ewing and John Nicholas Saunders.
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.
The School Drama Book evolved from the success of these arts education program for teachers.
Manager of Education at STC and co-author John Saunders explains, “Teachers kept asking Robyn Ewing and me if there was one comprehensive resource that encapsulated all of the work we do in STC’s School Drama program. We kept referring them to multiple texts, some which are in and out of print. Eventually, we thought that we needed to bring together our practice, research and lesson plans developed through School Drama into one accessible, practical textbook.”
As well as discussing the 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 program and includes a comprehensive selection of units of work. Ongoing research and evaluation show that after participating in STC’s School Drama students see significant improvements in their literacy achievement, as well as an increase in confidence, engagement and motivation in school and learning, along with shifts in empathy.
For further information go to: The School Drama Book