The Seattle World School provides middle and high school students who are new to the United States with a supportive learning environment where they can learn English while studying academics. Jack Straw has brought our arts & technology programs to the school since 2010, working with World School students from many different countries to help them strengthen their new English language skills, share their cultural traditions, and develop their technical skills.
In the 2016-2017 school year, we worked with World School students and teachers on several different programs, including elements of music instruction, literacy and writing, and audio production.
U.S. Government class: Our Bill of Rights
Students from Erin Chen's U.S. Government classes created Our Bill of Rights, a series of short radio plays about the Bill of Rights, to help students understand that the Constitution guarantees and protects their personal freedoms and rights as citizens. Since many of them World School's students are new refugees or immigrants, these personal freedoms can have special meanings.
Jack Straw's artist team worked with teacher Erin Chen and her students in small groups to research, write, perform, and record audio stories about an amendment important to them, showing how each amendment protects a different human right.
Jack Straw teaching artist and guitarist extraordinaire Bill Horist led two groups of students in beginning and intermediate guitar over the course of the school year, culminating in a performance at the school's spring Cultural Festival.
Special thanks to The Creative Advantage, Robert Chinn Foundation, and the Washington State Arts Commission for making this program possible.
Food Talk (2011)
Students from the SBOC (now Seattle World School) worked with a nutritionist from Seattle Children's Hospital and Jack Straw staff members to create public service announcements about healthy eating habits.
Students writing their Bill of Rights piece with producer Kyle Norris
Parents and students recording interviews at a World School Literacy Night (Bill Butler)
Students recording protest sounds in the Jack Straw studio for their Bill of Rights piece.
A student records her Sounds from Home piece in the Jack Straw studio with voice coach Katya Landau (Sherwin Eng)
Bill Horist leads a guitar class at Seattle World School
Students writing their Bill of Rights piece
Students producing their Bill of Rights piece in the studio at Jack Straw
For further information on our educational programs, contact:
Joan Rabinowitz, Executive Director
Jack Straw Cultural Center