As a part of an ongoing Indiana University School of Education partnership focusing on literacy skills with the Gary Community School Corporation’s Dr. Bernard C. Watson K-6 Boys Academy, a group of Watson students created and performed their own play in mid-May. The performance capped a whirlwind of work by Gus Weltsek, visiting assistant professor in the department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, with Watson Academy 5th Grade Teacher Beverly Jelks and her students.

Weltsek worked with the students on skills of dramatic storytelling such as staging and presentation; Jelks prompted the students to develop their own original work based on their life experiences. This video takes you to the performance and behind the scenes of rehearsals as Weltsek, Jelks, and the students prepared their work.

The IU School of Education’s Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration began a partnership with Watson Academy including faculty professional development and program support in 2006. Watson and Frankie Woods McCullough Girls Academy have worked with School of Education faculty and staff to improve student academic performance.“Our focus with the Watson school has been around literacy--all different kinds of literacies, including numerical literacy and digital literacy,” said Claire King, Associate Director for School and Community Partnerships at the P-16 Center.

The IU School of Education partnership with Watson and McCullough has helped enrich and enhance the educational experience for Gary students. Watson students who are part of the school’s drum corp performed at the IU School of Education in Bloomington and a Bloomington elementary school in February. Last fall, the P-16 Center helped to organize a Saturday event where students learned to design and build robotics using LEGOs. Mentors from IU Northwest’s Student African American Brotherhood organization have connected with Watson students. McCullough has met federal AYP or “Adequate Yearly Progress” in the last two years, a result McCullough’s principal credits to the work of her teachers and students with their IU partners.

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