Friday, September 22

2016-2017 What’s Happening


2016-2017 Theme

The GCCS’ Advanced Program’s theme is ordered under the title ‘A’bridged Shakespeare: It’s All Grejeffersonvilleek to Me. The first intermediate elementary seminar (Oct. 2016) will focus on architecture with an eye to the Greek influences in particular. For the second intermediate elementary seminar, students will see a KY Shakespeare performance of Midsummer Night’ Dream and work on a STEAM activity following the play.  Click on the links below to learn more.

During the seminar, students will be lead by Clark County Historian Jeanne Burk on a walking tour of Historic Jeffersonville and have the opportunity to work with an architect from Kovert & HawIAC_Logo_Vertical_Tag_4ckins and engineers from the Louisville Corps of Engineers.

Thanks to the Indiana Arts Commission, Kovert & Hawkins, and the Louisville Corps of Engineers for their financial and volunteer support.

Click on the links below to have fun and prepare for the seminars.


Architecture Programming

Shakespeare Programming – Midsummer Night’s Dream







Community Foundation of Southern Indiana Provides Grant for Follow-up Support to Training

Heather Burns, Outreach Director of Commonwealth Theatre Center - home to Blue Apple Outreach and Walden Theatre Conservatory - leads students on using the tools of actors to create theatre out of books.
Heather Burns, Outreach Director of Commonwealth Theatre Center, leads students on using the tools of actors to create theater out of books.

Through the “Giving Legs to Literature” Grant funded by Community Foundation of Southern Indiana,  Commonwealth Theatre is working with GCCS teachers to make literature come off the pages and come alive. High ability cluster classroom teachers who participated in the “Differentiating Curriculum for High Ability Students in the Cluster Classroom” training session using the  IDOE English Language Arts High Ability Connections curriculum last spring are being offered follow-up, in class support on ideas to extend that curriculum from professional actor-educators from Commonwealth Theatre.
Using the curriculum’s books, such as Weslandia, Walter Was Worried, and The Boy Who Loved Words, the artist-educators use drama to scaffold and extend the lessons outlined in the training. Through these workshops, the actor-educators provide a fun way for students to experience success with sophisticated vocabulary and concepts normally reserved for older children – thus encouraging a solid work ethic; improving teachers’ sense of professional status by allowing them the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals to facilitate instruction that is child-centered; raise the quality of instruction by using a curriculum that is differentiated from the top down; and address the social needs of high ability students and public presentation skills of all students in the process.

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Thank you Community Foundation of Southern Indiana!