Now this is exactly what should be happening - a notable activity at a high school evolving to bring in more students.
From the Times:
But these weren’t your typical drama kids. When one girl wanted to
talk, she used her hands and a sign-language interpreter. Others didn’t
speak at all. One girl walked slowly, her gait uneven because of
are members of a new drama group at Roosevelt, open to
special-education students and their typically performing peers. On
Thursday, the group will give its first performance of a play, “Voices,”
they helped create.
Called “unified drama,” the after-school club is based on a similar,
successful sports program at Roosevelt and a similar drama class at
nearby Nathan Hale High. It’s also part of a wider effort to include
special-needs kids in more regular high-school classes, and regular
This group is open to all students.
One goal is simply making sure special-education kids have some of
the same opportunities as any other student. But Thomas Ledcke, the
Roosevelt special-education teacher who started the club this year, has
bigger aspirations, too.
Drama, he said, can teach social and emotional skills that some special-needs students, especially those with autism, lack.
Playing new roles can help students face old anxieties. Memorizing
lines can reinforce letter sounds dyslexic students often struggle to
remember. Acting out a range of emotions in a variety of scenarios can
help autistic students practice the social flexibility that their
disability makes it so hard for them to grasp.
“There’s many ways of learning, ” Ledcke said. “That’s our job as teachers, to keep on looking for that key.”
Their first performance of "Voice" is tonight.