Off The Page enhances learning by bringing performing arts in to the classroom.
Learning Through Doing
At Off The Page, we create lessons that get students out from behind their desks, and actively engaged in LEARNING BY DOING. We use powerful, active learning tools including:
- Drama techniques
- Historical recreation
- Role play
- Props and costumes
We get students onto their feet and turn them into active participants in whatever topic they’re learning about.
Collaborating with Teachers and Students
We partner with classroom teachers, including Pre-K, ICT (General Ed/Special Ed mix) and Self-Contained Special Education classrooms to support the state curriculum and enhance the classroom experience.
We custom craft lessons to allow students to:
- Delve further in to subject areas of particular interest
- Expand on topics with which they may be struggling in the regular classroom arena,
- Highlight special areas that the teachers want to spend more time exploring
Our methods also help level the playing field for all types of learners, giving students who are not traditional book learners a kinesthetic response to the material. For students who excel in traditional classroom settings, we offer an opportunity to challenge themselves in a more creative setting.
Citizenship and Teamwork
Additionally, Off The Page strives to create not just good students but good citizens. Our lesson plans are built to help students learn to:
- Work collaboratively, even with students who are not their friends
- Solve problems
- Shoulder responsibility not just for themselves but for their class as a whole and their larger school community
At Off The Page, we not only partner with classroom teachers but also with other professional artists to enrich our residencies. Past guest artists have included:
- Musician, composer and instrument designer Mark Stewart
- Performer, composer and upright bass player Saskia Lane
- Drummer, percussionist and composer Daniel Freedman
- Visual artist and art educator Suzanne Trienen
- Artist and illustrator Sara Galkin
Additionally, we partner with educators to facilitate Professional Development both in classroom settings (such as our work with Social Studies Education at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY) and conference settings (such as leading a session at the National Conference for the Social Studies, Seattle, WA)
We’re honored to be recognized by both public and private organizations for our education work. Some recent awards for Off The Page include:
- Arts Partner Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council
- Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks Grant in collaboration with PS 10 in Brooklyn
Who’s behind Off The Page:
Jody Drezner Alperin
Jody has worked as a teaching artist in the New York City, Chicago and Cleveland public schools for over a decade. She has taught drama to Deaf students, students with learning and physical disabilities, students with behavioral issues, developmentally delayed adults and at-risk youth. Jody also worked for years in the NYC public schools as an American Sign Language Interpreter. She has also taught parents of hearing infants to use American Sign Language to communicate with their young children.
Jody holds a Bachelor of Speech in Communications for Theatre from Northwestern University. She also spent three summers studying American Sign Language at Gallaudet University. Jody has varied experiences in the theatre, from touring the country as a member of a Deaf and Hearing theatre company to stage managing several successful Chicago productions.
Jody currently stage manages her two wonderful children and her equally wonderful husband.
Vicky Finney Crouch
Vicky has worked as a teaching artist in the UK and created and implemented her own highly successful drama program for 7 -11 year olds. She also taught drama for Klub Dramatika After School’s Club and Kaos Organisation – a barrier free, inclusive Deaf and hearing children’s drama organization. Vicky completed the Level 3 NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) in British Sign Language while assisting in the classroom as an interpreter at Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children.
Vicky trained as an actress in the UK and graduated with distinction from Manchester Metropolitan University, with a degree in drama (BA Hons). She worked extensively as an actress in Britain in a wide range of prestigious theatre companies such as The English Shakespeare Company and Shared Experience performing both nationally and internationally. She has appeared in several drama series for television, and for BBC Radio Drama as a performer, story-teller and as co-writer and script editor for a new radio comedy series in development. She sings and plays ukulele and autoharp as part of her work as a teaching artist.
Vicky now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.