Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
Springboard to Learning is the only Missouri affiliate of the National Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. The Wolf Trap professional development model helps to prepare young children for a lifetime of learning by educating, modeling, and coaching host teachers in how to use active, multi-sensory, arts-integrated learning experiences in the classroom. Springboard professional performing artists, specially trained in the Wolf Trap model, partner with early childhood educators in the classroom to provide developmentally appropriate, arts-integrated learning strategies within the framework of their early childhood curriculum. Teaching strategies incorporate singing, dancing, role-playing, and storytelling. To help build teachers’ arts-integration skills, the Wolf Trap Institute professional development model pairs early childhood educators with professional teaching artists—musicians, dancer, actors, and puppeteers—to train through classroom residencies. Teachers who participated in the Early Arts program receive hours of professional development, including ongoing coaching from Wolf Trap Teaching Artists and access to lesson plans and online resources. Students receive the benefit of a teacher well versed in effective arts-integration strategies, as well as direct classroom experiences with Wolf Trap Teaching Artists in residence.
See the research findings that validate the impact early learning through the arts has on children.