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Using Drama to Enhance Critical Thinking in Writing


JFK High School WPU Professor-in-Residence, Carole Bruzzano, and JFK School of Education and Training Academy (SET) Teacher and WPU Clinical Educator, Jessica Katz, presented at the Two Year College English Association – Northeast (TYCA-NE) conference on October 13, 2016 in Hartford, Connecticut.
The title of their session is “Using Drama to Enhance Critical Thinking in Writing”

Through the WPU PDS partnership with SET Academy at JFK High School in Paterson, Jessica and Carole began collaborating on planning lessons, researching best practices, designing activities, testing strategies in the classroom, and presenting what worked in sessions for colleagues within the school complex. Both are experienced instructors in higher education classrooms including community colleges and decided to extend what worked into their English classrooms at Passaic County and Hudson County Colleges. This 60 minute co-presented session will involve participants in active learning strategies created from drama and improv techniques for enhancing students’ critical thinking skills for cause and effect and argument developments in writing.
[Nancy Norris-Bauer, Director, Professional Development and School/Community Partnerships, William Pa] Carole and Jessica will be presenting a workshop on this same topic  at William Paterson on October 27th.

TYCA- NE includes two year colleges in Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec.