Engaging students in Central Florida
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has been funded by the Kiwanis Club of Orlando and the PNC Foundation to deliver a collaborative education initiative titled Project WoW (World of Wonder).
Project WoW works to engage low- to moderate-income preschool children in a new model for early childhood education that focuses on the integration of science and arts across existing curriculum. The initiative includes weekly hands-on lesson plans for preschool students at education partner sites, in-depth year long mentoring for teachers and a family engagement component.
Project WoW will support improved learning outcomes in preschool students by mentoring preschool teachers and leading 50-minute long in-classroom lessons that encourage students to explore and interpret their world. In addition, take-home family learning activities will encourage parents to become stewards of their child’s education while helping young learners see themselves and their role models as lifelong learners.