DWT is a partnership between a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist (TA) and an early childhood educator to provide professional development for teachers in the classroom – while engaging children in music, dance, and imaginative play.
A typical 16-session residency uses arts-integrated strategies to promote literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) development that teachers can use to foster young children’s learning and development. DWT was established in 1998 and is modeled after the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts program in Vienna, Virginia. DiAE is one of 21 international affiliates. DiAE is the only provider of this type of program in the State of Delaware.
“As a preschool teacher with NCC Head Start, I had the tremendous opportunity to work with Mr. George and the Delaware Wolf Trap program. I can attest the children looked forward to the visits every week. They consistently participated and enjoyed every lesson. As a teacher I was able to incorporate several ideas into the classroom including the number counting book. Whenever we read a book in the classroom that had multiple characters or anything else that could be counted, the children would suggest we use the counting book.
As a center coordinator I have observed teachers incorporating lessons learned during their Wolf Trap professional development. One teacher in particular consistently acts out the classroom weekly big book. Throughout the week, children will gather props for the end of the week show. When the opportunity was made available for our center this year we needed to put names in a hat to choose because more than 2 classrooms wanted the program.”
Theresa Herfindahl, Site Coordinator, New Castle County Head Start
Wolf Trap Program Descriptions
Delaware Wolf Trap 16-Session Residency includes:
- One pre-residency planning meeting: TA and classroom teacher to discuss the residency, the classroom teacher’s background, the students, and the curriculum.
- One observation session: Before beginning the classroom sessions, the TA visits to observe the class.
- Eleven classroom sessions: Each session is 30-minute, followed by a 15-minute debrief discussion between the classroom teacher and the TA.
- Three additional planning meetings: The TA trains the classroom teacher in achieving her art professional development goals.
- Resource materials: Access to additional resources on Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts website.
Community and Family Involvement Workshops
DWT offers lively, hands-on workshops that encourage imaginative play and arts based development activities for family members and child care providers. Parents and caregivers are a child’s first teachers. The families of your students will come away with fun, effective strategies to bring into the home. Siblings are welcome. Virtual options are available.