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Times Cultural Connection Program

In a global landscape where lack of empathy leads behaviors and lack of human connections, Changing Worlds uses the power of personal narratives with writing and the arts to build inclusive learning communities, affirm identity and build cultural and human connections.

How does the program works:

Changing Worlds will replicate districts through interdisciplinary arts, cultural awareness and literacy residencies that improve student learning, build empathy and foster inclusive learning communities.

Unique cbse modules, culturally responsive pedagogy and arts-infused activities encourage cross-cultural sharing and learning, and result in visual and performing artwork.

Through the power of story and art, students work cooperatively, learn from and about each other, and express themselves creatively, resulting in an environment of inclusion and imagination.

Such an atmosphere is crucial for the development of empathy, as students explore a unique opportunity to access one another personally and draw connections between each other’s lives, while simultaneously gaining a broader perspective through the exploration of world cultures.

Program Involving:

The program has two main components: in-classroom residencies and teacher professional development. During students activities, students become historians, artists and community change agents by conducting interviews with family or community members to learn more about their culture, family and community histories while also exploring large themes like peace, culture and citizenship.

The information gathered through the interview process is compiled and synthesized into an integrated literacy and art product.

Throughout the residency, students explore the work of professional artists, learn and apply art techniques, and build cooperation and community. The inclusion of professional development ensures that classroom teachers and teaching artists alike are comfortable with the curriculum and school culture personally in its use.

Why get Involved:

In a global landscape where lack of empathy leads to stereotyping, violent behaviors and lack of human connections, Changing Worlds uses the power of personal narratives with writing and the arts to build inclusive learning communities, affirm identity and build cultural and human connections.

Today, youth are exposed to violence daily and occupy classrooms where they don’t feel a connection to the learning process. This is fueled by the increase in bullying and racially charged attacks. Research shows that youth who feeling a connection to school have a decrease in violent behaviors and increased academic outcomes.

As teachers have limited time to conduct activities between sessions, connecting key activities and goals to residency sessions is important. Therefore, classroom management and focused curriculum conception will be essential factors during professional development sessions. Given past experience, we anticipate logistical and scheduling challenges that will continue to be a work in progress.

Team teaching can be tricky, so moving forward we will devote more time to planning and collaboration between classroom teachers and teaching artists to ensure the process runs smoothly. Finally, Times developing strategies new to be developed to ensure participant consent forms are collected.

Work of Professional Artists and Teaching Artists:

The program will be guided with help and coordination form our staff members, who has experience playing multiple roles in the school system , From classroom teacher to principal.

Our teaching artists ( Staff) are a talented group in their fields and an average of 8 years.


Making and keeping friends

Making friends is an important part of your child’s development.

Friends are people that your child can:

Talk to share things with confide in.

Strong friendships allow children to grow into well-adjusted adults with strong social skills.

The Role of Friends

Parents and friends play a different role in the life of a child.

You can help your child to make long-term decisions about things like their values and morals.

Your child’s friends are more likely to influence their short-term choices. This could include:

The way they dress

Their hobbies

The things they like to do in their spare time.

Talk to your child about their friends

Your child’s friendship’s can often change.

It is the quality of friends that your child has that is important, not the number. Whether your child has one special friend or many friends isn’t the issue. As long as they are happy and content they’ll do fine.

Sometimes your child will argue with their friends. Not all arguments are bad. They are an important part of growing up.


Talk to your Child About

what things they like to do with their friends

The things they like about their friends

The ways your child could show their friends how much they mean to them

How their friendships are going. If there are problems this gives your child a chance to talk to you about them.

Listen to your child and use open-ended questions. These are questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no.

Talk to your child about your friends

Talking to your child about your own friends and friendship history. This shows them how to be a friend and have friends.

Use examples and explain to your child the time and effort you put into your own friendships

Talk About Forgiveness

Sometimes friends do things that upset us. This doesn’t mean the friendship has to end.

Understanding that everyone makes mistakes is an important lesson to learn.

Help your child make friends

Friendships are usually made between people who have the same interests. Making friends can take time.

Some children find it easy to make friends. Others find it difficult. You know your child best.

If you know your child is nervous or shy when making friends difficult, you can encourage them to:

Say hello and smile

look for another child who seems shy and talk to them

Ask questions to start a conversation, like what school did you go to last year or do you like maths, music, running?

Listen to other children when they are talking and find out if they have things in common.

You can also support your child’s interests and get them involved in clubs or groups. This means they can make friends with children outside of school too.

Social Media and friends

The internet lets young people make friends in new ways.

Friendships made through social media are different from real-life friendships. These friendships let your child:

Talk about sensitive issues without feeling judged

Experiment with their identity in an anonymous way.

Make sure your child is staying safe. Pay attention to their online friendships and social media activity.

Friendships and moving to secondary school

Friends help each other make the move from primary to secondary school easier.

Your child will have made strong friendships at primary school. Your child might want to stay with their friends and go to the same secondary school.

You can help your child keep their current friends and make new friends at their new school.

Friendships need time, attention and trust if they are going to last.

You should encourage your child to spend quality time with their new and old friends.


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