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GIVE: Growing Inclusivity for Vibrant Engagement

GIVE addresses the need for training and resources on Arts Engagement in Inclusion Classrooms.

New Victory in partnership with ArtsConnection and Community-Word Project created GIVE, or “Growing Inclusivity for Vibrant Engagement: A Teaching Artist Planning Guide for Best Arts Engagement Practices in Inclusion Classrooms” to create systemic improvements to arts education for Inclusion or Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) Classrooms containing a mixed student body of those with and without disabilities.

Supporting the Support System

With the help of market research firm ERm Research, the GIVE team interviewed the many individuals who support students with disabilities, including school administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals and parents, to better understand the complex needs and priorities of both the students and their communities.

In New York City, and in school districts across the country, Teaching Artists from cultural nonprofits are placed in ICT Classrooms with little to no training for the needs of students with disabilities.

A Teaching Artist Toolbox

Composed of nearly 60 unique resources, the GIVE Guide includes the tools educators and artists need to effectively plan, implement and reflect on arts learning in integrated classes, and encourage students with disabilities to demonstrate their learning and creativity.

From a checklist for inclusive lesson planning to guidance for creating a stigma-free classroom, the GIVE Guide is online and available for free in a number of languages, offering countless educators strategies for supporting students with disabilities.

Best Practices & Successful Strategies

A small group of Teaching Artists were trained in the first draft of GIVE practices and began utilizing the training while conducting arts education workshops in ICT or Inclusion Classrooms. Approximately 100 Teaching Artists have worked on the Guide and were trained on the resources and have already served 10,000 students.

Data from this training and instruction is now being analyzed for its efficacy by renowned research firm WolfBrown. Preliminary research shows that Teaching Artists who received training in the GIVE resources improved in creating a welcoming and inclusive classroom more substantially than a control group of Teaching Artists working in similar environments.

The goal of GIVE is to equip Teaching Artists across the city with the very best tools to gauge and respond flexibly and effectively to students’ varying needs and wide range of abilities.

Courtney J. Boddie, New 42 Vice President, Education & School Engagement

ICT Facts & Figures:
  • In 2020-21, 100,000 students with disabilities in New York City public schools (nearly half of all students with diagnosed disabilities within the City’s public schools) are recommended for ICT classrooms.
  • 90% of Teaching Artists surveyed by GIVE reported regularly working in ICT classrooms, yet 57% of Teaching Artists surveyed cited “Lack of understanding of best strategies for different students’ abilities” as their greatest challenge when working in those classrooms.

This year, GIVE will impact a projected:

  • 462 NYC Teaching Artists from 92 nonprofits

  • 3,373 Arts Teachers and 1,583 Arts Liaisons through the NYC Department of Education

  • 1,000 Arts Professionals of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

GIVE Support

GIVE is made possible through the support of The New York Community Trust

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For more information about GIVE, please contact New Victory Education.

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