The Kensington Approach

Kensington develops programs and evidence to help advance education and enrichment using the arts and social emotional learning to develop credible useful knowledge.

Specifically, Kensington identifies gaps in areas of interests; then disseminates knowledge to policymakers and influential decision makers to contribute towards theories of change for improved results.

We engage communities.

We personalize Student Learning.

We offer 21st century skill building to

pre-service learners.

------------|OUR IMPACT |------------


of educators report that

students focus on arts longer

than  other lessons

Learning starts when students are engaged.


of educators believe Arts embedded

enrichment programs increases

engagement and students'



of educators believe The Arts

increases achievement

Impact on Student Achievement

In an independent study, Kensington boosted student achievement on state reading and math tests.  

The greatest gains were seen in high-need student populations.


The results of a 2018-2019 undependently conducted study of Kensington's

"Express Yourself" Arts embedded enrichment and extended learning program showed that

Elementary school students who participated in the program for 5 months or more

had higher scores on state reading and math tests.



From the support of outstanding professional artist to improvement of teacher quality, Kensington has

yielded research and publications of continuing interest.

•  We continue to create arts partnerships as creative method for developing committed audiences and community engagement for  

    encouraging interaction among presenters, visual and performing artists and audiences.

•  We work with schools to develop strong arts education programs for increased participation in the arts by community youth.  We seek 

    expand access to high-quality and diversity of arts programs.  Our strategy includes developing a series of summits and publications

    as resources for participants.  We link professional artists to community based programming to promote knowledge sharing and  best

    practices among participating schools and students.  We utilize this platform to help our next generation of artists to serve as

    instructors and mentors to youth, so they may develop skills in teaching and in engaging audiences.

•  We seek to create safe places for high-need communities by offering engaging, meaningful activity before and after school and during

    the summer months, contributing to youth's educational, social-emotional and physical development.  With assistance from partner

    organizations we provide educational enrichment through our extended service model at public school sites and via virtual learning.

    Our program offerings help to increase the supply, accessibility, affordability and quality of after school programs while promoting

    greater national awareness of the need for such programs.  Kensington manages the initiative and provides training and technical

    assistance to participating sites.  Kensington developed state aligned standards for high-quality care and created an assessment tool

    for improving programs.  The number of students getting access to affordable programs increases annually.  Training is ongoing for staff

    and providers to improve quality.  Efforts resulted in evidence about the need for families, communities, school districts, businesses and

    political and cultural institutions to provide increased and better programming.

•  We are piloting a scholarship program aimed at improving the quality and preparation of teachers from more diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds.  

    The program is crucial to helping students reach high academic standards in high-need districts.  We believe that improving teacher practices required knowledge of subject

    matter content, child development, methods of assessing student progress and pedagogy.  There is a high demand for teacher preparation programs and we answer the call

    to offering variety to professional learning opportunities for teachers in schools.  We commit to consistent, in-depth and coherent training and coaching.  Our commitment is     is to support and improve teaching practices, utilizing diversity, equity and inclusion while engaging underrepresented perspectives and identifying implicit biases that  

    allows an approach of exploring practices so that students learn problem-solving, critical analysis and higher-order thinking skills necessary for success in the 21st  

    century. We continue to leverage school-IEH partners and offer evaluations and a substantial body of research involving scholars and teacher educators as well as teachers.

    Kensington partners with The national Council for Accredoatopm pf Teacher Education to explore a revised system for accrediting professional development in public school

    settings, where prospective teachers receive practical training.  WE are committed to the development of exemplary teacher education programs.  Our work continues to  

    benefit students in low-income communities as teachers from our programs increase their work participation in low-income districts  The States we engage

    have made significant progress toward reforming teacher education, accreditaton and certification while ensuring teacher competency and qualification.

•  As student enrollments climb substantially and policy makers are pressed for smaller class sizes, while teachers retire and districts experience high turnover rates and teacher reluctance to take or keep jobs in low-income areas, Kensington is creating pathways to teaching careers.  We explore nontraditional pools such as paraprofessionals, uncertified teachers and returned retirees.  Our methods explore evidence of effectiveness and lessons on how to duplicate the model.  We are developing a program to work with colleges and universities to build effective strategies for recruiting, preparing and certifying teachers from nontraditional pools.  Grants, scholarships and support services assist in preparing the teachers.  District agreements will support placing the graduates in high-need schools.  Kensington continues to develop its recruitment program and work on becoming a nationally recognized model for creating effective alternative routes into the teaching profession.