Tyler

Tyler teachers activate their imaginations at a DFS training
Tyler teachers activate their imaginations at a DFS training

Tyler Independent School District (TISD) was the second partnership for Drama for Schools. Tyler is a diverse, suburban community located in east Texas with a total enrollment of over 18,000 students. The TISD student population reflects the community demographics, with roughly equal proportions of white, Hispanic, and African-American students. Begun in 2003, the TISD-DFS partnership was for two years and built upon the initial pilot program that was implemented in La Joya, Texas. There were a total of 12 teachers at the start of the program, with seven teachers continuing through the end of the two years. The teachers represented ten different elementary, middle, and high schools in the district. This diversity in teaching context broadened the scope of the DFS program in ways that helped to develop it into a truly cross-curricular, district wide professional development opportunity. The TISD model was intensive, with monthly site visits to each of the teachers who volunteered to participate in the program. Initial findings from some Tyler teachers indicated that DFS classroom state test scores were 22% higher than those classrooms that were not participating in DFS. The TISD-DFS partnership was significant in its step towards greater formalization of the program's curriculum and evaluation components.
 

Teachers collaboratively brainstorm ideas at DFS trainings
Teachers collaboratively brainstorm ideas at DFS trainings

 

Tyler students use image work to explore vocabulary
Tyler students use image work to explore vocabulary

 

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