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
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of educators report that
students focus on arts longer
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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.