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Welcome to brave schools

We support inclusive school communities through immersive, multi-day Interactive Theatre Programs

Creative Action’s Brave Schools comprise several powerful programs designed for Pre-K through 5th-grade students. Each program engages young people in solving real-world problems through role-play, puppetry, song, and movement.

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Each program is designed to meet the students where they are—and help them grow

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pre-k | singing our world | 1 Session | 45 minutes

In this lively singalong program students explore feelings and build community through music, story, and movement. Interactive and fun, your students will want to get up and dance along! Songs and stories are in English, but the music and dancing transcend language.

Kindergarten | Welcome Armadillo, somos comunidad
5 Sessions | 1 hour | English-spanish bilingual

In this bilingual program (English/Spanish) students journey into an animal sanctuary to meet Jacki the jackrabbit, Henri the hen, and Armando the armadillo. Through songs, movement, and interaction with puppet characters, students help Jacki, Henri and Armando learn how to self-regulate and calm down from big emotions, how to recover from accidents and mistakes, and how to apologize and make things right when they cause harm.

OUTCOMES: This program focuses on the social-emotional skills of identifying and naming feelings, self-regulating from big emotions, and practicing various ways to calm down.Students learn a four-part apology framework and practice the apology with their new animal friends, exploring how to repairing harm when accidents and mistakes happen.

THEMES AND SKILLS: Emotions, self-regulation, calming down, apologies, understanding accidents and mistakes, relationships and how we affect each other and care for each other in our classroom community.

1st grade | the heroes / los hÉroes
5 sessions | 1 hour | english-spanish bilingual

In this interactive, bilingual performance, Teaching Artists use role-play, puppetry, song, movement, and games to teach a 4-step conflict resolution process. Students join Sam the Salamander as he sets off on a journey from Barton Springs to Costa Rica to Mt. Kilimanjaro to discover the four steps to peace.

OUTCOMES: Students gain social and emotional skills by learning a 4-step conflict resolution process; to identify, manage, and respectfully respond to their own and others’ emotions. Students rehearse the four steps to peace as they help various characters solve conflicts in their world.

TEKS ADDRESSED: Science (habitats), Social Studies (geography and ecology)

THEMES AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: Emotions, self-regulation, calming down, apologies, understanding accidents and mistakes, relationships and how we affect each other and care for each other in our classroom community.

2nd grade | creating community | 3 sessions | 1 hour

In this three-day series, Teaching Artists use theatre games, original poetry and a visual art activity to build connection, community, and belonging. Students explore their similarities, celebrate their differences, and discover ways to take care of each other in their diverse classroom community. This program is also excellent for 3rd-5th graders.

OUTCOMES: Students share similarities and differences with each other, and focus on differences that make them each unique and special. Students write an “I am” poem and build a beautiful tessellation together that reflects their classroom community.

THEMES AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: Focuses on social-emotional skills of collaboration, appreciating difference, and understanding how to support and care for others. Focuses on the idea of difference as what makes us unique and special. Building relationships with others through exchange and listening and sharing.

3rd grade | i am a tree | coming soon

In this program students will explore their deep connection to the natural world through native Texas trees and mindfulness strategies. Students will learn about themselves and how they are unique and essential to our world, collaborating to write and activate a short poem through theatre.

OUTCOMES: Students reflect on their own connection with nature exploring their curiosity and wonder about the natural world. Students write and create collaborative poems creating beautiful performances to share that represent their unique artistry and perspective.

TEKS ADDRESSED: Language Arts, Structure and Elements of Poetry, Inference

THEMES AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: “I am a tree” focuses on social awareness through cultivating a feeling of belonging, it builds relationship skills through collaborative problem solving, it also emphasizes curiosity, a key component of responsible decision making.

4TH-5TH GRADe | THE COURAGE TO STAND | 5 sessions | 1 hour

By exploring historical acts of courage, including moments from the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement, students learn to examine the choices, risks, and consequences of intervening to help the target in a bullying situation. This interactive performance teaches young people to creatively investigate the idea of courage as they actively rehearse different ways to act as a “courageous bystander.”

OUTCOMES: Students learn how to safely intervene in a bullying situation and act as a “courageous bystander” while developing social emotional skills, including assessing and navigating risk, listening, communication, critical thinking, empathy, and leadership. Builds relationships and understanding of responsibility for others in a community. Students learn the vocabulary associated with bullying: bully, target, bystander, and courageous bystander.

TEKS ADDRESSED: Language Arts, Social Studies

THEMES AND SKILLS: Anti-Bullying, Conflict Resolution, Empathy, Responsible Decision-Making

WANT TO BRING OUR BRAVE SCHOOLS PROGRAMS INTO YOUR CLASSROOMS?

Our School-Based team can help you choose the right program for your school and answer any questions. 

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