Music starts and the students in a San Diego classroom begin to imitate the teacher’s movements, alternately moving and freezing at the teacher’s signals—this is an innovative language lesson that also emphasizes teamwork and comprehension. The Teaching Artist Project (TAP) implements arts instruction to help improve children’s literacy and social-emotional development. Through a collaboration of the San Diego Unified School District and the University of California, Irvine, the results are a powerful indication that effective targeted assistance can help empower struggling students with language acquisition skills, providing much hope at a time when funding is limited.

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