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Developing reading skills for young learners with proven results

Exclusively for Title 1 second- and fourth- grade students, SEAS Reading Residencies link theater performances directly to the school reading curriculum. This season, the featured stories are Click, Clack, Moo and Sacagawea, which come to life on stage and reinforce classroom learning. Participation allows students to improve their reading skills with a focus on plot development, story sequencing and inference.

These titles are selected hand-in-hand with educators and are directly aligned with the Broward County Public School District’s reading goals. Reading specialists and classroom teachers at each Title 1 school use the stories and the visit to the theater to see these titles performed on stage. Benchmark assessments are administered to assess student achievement in specific areas.

Note: All Title 1 schools will be contacted directly with a pre-selected date and time for their students to attend.

Please DO NOT submit an application.

For more information contact Dawn Turner, SEAS Assistant at Broward County Public Schools at 754-521-1550 or by email at [email protected]


A foundation in literacy for young audiences

Reading Readiness Through the Theater is a collaboration between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Early Childhood Education Department and Head Start Program of Broward County Public Schools. This unique program is designed to develop the reading skills of 4-year-old Head Start students. Now in its thirteenth year, the program has touched the lives of many children and their families.

To encourage early literacy, Reading Readiness offers an immersive learning experience for the whole family. The program provides books for each child’s home library, two family outings to see a literature-based performance as well as teacher and parent training sessions to demonstrate new and effective ways to strengthen reading skills at home

In 2013, Play Scenes: Prime Time Rhyme was added to the already successful Reading Readiness Through the Theater program. Based on eight well-know nursery rhymes, Play Scenes: Prime Time Rhyme is an interactive educational show for young audiences that features a tongue-tied Mother Goose and her two wise and funny assistants. Designed to build early reading skills, this program was commissioned by the Broward Center and Head Start. Recent research indicates that children who can recite at least eight nursery rhymes before they enter school are most likely to become proficient readers.

For more information on Reading Readiness Through the Theater, please contact Education Department at 954.468.2689.