Exemplary Projects

The following Exemplary Projects are recognized for their outstanding contributions in classrooms, schools, and communities. They may serve as sources of inspiration for replication and/or adaptation in your school districts or communities. Information  includes description, vision, process, audiences served, and recommendations for implementation. 

Exemplary Awards recipients are willing to share further information about their projects.  They may be available for professional development, consultation, and modeling, to be individually arranged. (See "Contact" information.) Please use the links to connect to profiles of the projects.

Baby Brain Connection: Parenting for Early Childhood Literacy,a special project of the Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education, is a train the trainer model for 1) Parent Providers and 2) Parents of babies and toddlers that provide background information about Early Brain Development and ideas and activities for Talking, Playing & Interacting, and Reading.

Chautauqua Institution Arts Education, a year-round arts education resource for youth, teachers and families in Chautauqua County, N.Y. and neighboring communities, provides authentic, inspirational, and engaging artistic experiences in drama, music, play writing, literature, opera and visual arts.

Residencies for Exceptional Students offer underserved students with disabilities extended engagement and experiences with music and the  arts.

Battle of the Books is a lively academic competition that improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Professional Development for Teachers offers professional development workshops in which arts integrated teaching techniques are described and modeled, and also include observations by Master Teaching Artists in schools.

Opera Invasion in the Schools provides immersive experiences in opera, making opera more accessible, using arts integration techniques to advance learning standards in music and English Language Arts.

Cleveland Public Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, has two major projects that promote performing arts, literacy, and personal and interpersonal skills.

Cleveland Act Now (formerly Brick City Theater) is an afterschool and summer performing arts and academic enrichment program for over 700 children ages 5-14 living in public housing. The on-site program promotes children’s positive sense of self and community through exposure to the performing arts.

Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP), the longest-running arts-based education and workforce development program in Cleveland, has served over 1,000 at-risk inner-city teens, primarily African-Americans, for 22 years to write their own brand-new play and perform it on tour across the city.

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) addresses the societal impacts of a changing climate by supporting educators and their students in teaching climate and energy topics effectively. CLEAN is co-lead by a team from the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The

Education Foundation of Sarasota County: Technology and Innovation Initiatives in Sarasota, Florida invests in innovative programs and initiatives that enrich the learning experience for countless students and teachers. Technology and Innovation are integrated into its many initiatives and have evolved through the years to adapt to 21st-century education demands and help prepare Sarasota County students for college, careers and beyond.

Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline, MA, integrates history, literature, and human behavior with ethical decision making and innovative teaching strategies to enable secondary school teachers to promote students’ historical understanding and connections to current events, critical thinking, and social emotional learning.

The Innovation Hub in North Little Rock, Arkansas uses tools, skills, and expertise to inspire students, innovators, and entrepreneurs to expand the range of educational and economic opportunities for themselves, their communities in our state of Arkansas, and throughout the world.

Kids4Peace Boston, (K4PB), a regional program in Boston, MA, educates, trains, and inspires Christian, Jewish, and Muslim youth from diverse backgrounds, ages 12-18, to become interfaith peace leaders. K4PB creates opportunities for both youth and their families to build relationships from across faith and other boundaries and become ambassadors for coexistence and justice.

Kids4Peace Jerusalem is a grassroots interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in Jerusalem and other divided societies around the world.  It brings Jewish, Christian, and Muslim youth of Jerusalem and their families together, to create a community of leaders acting for lasting change. 

Learning in Concert is an educational outreach program of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra  in New Bedford MA, that provides local schools with authentic, concept-based arts integration learning experiences designed around shared concepts that connect classical music to other subject areas across the curriculum.

Moreland Middle School's Academic Empowerment for Student Success in San Jose, CA pairs middle school students who are at risk with adult volunteer mentors to improve their self-confidence, habits of mind (purpose, flexible thinking, communicating with teachers, organization) social responsibility, and a renewed interest in school.


Needham's Art in Bloom: a collaboration between Needham, MA High School Art Department and Beth Shalom Garden Club creating a free community event showcasing student artwork with floral interpretations by garden club members. This event attracts an ever-increasing audience.  


New Arrival Centers, “NAC,” a program in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD) in Houston, Texas, strategically provides accelerated language instruction to students who move to Texas from all over the world; who exhibit minimal English upon enrollment; yet who demonstrate remarkable proficiency achievements as a result of this one-year program.

Norwood High School Global Citizenship Program in Norwood, MA provides students global awareness and competency in 21st century skills, integrating academic achievement, co-curricular activities, community service, and international travel.

ParentChild+  (formerly the Parent-Child Home Program), Mineola, NY, and 15 U.S. states and 6 countries, uses early education to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families by engaging toddlers, their parents, and family child care providers with early literacy and school readiness supports to create opportunity.


Play On Philly (POP)  provides underserved children in Philadelphia, PA a transformative music education experience that develops and inspires behaviors and skills necessary for successful lives.  Throughout the school year, students receive tuition-free daily in-school and after-school music education.  POP also provides students a free to low cost 6 week summer music camp and over 25 performance opportunities throughout the year.


Reach Incorporated in Washington D.C., is an out-of-school time program through which teens, who struggle with reading, are hired as elementary school literacy tutors and supported in becoming children’s book authors, resulting in reading improvement for both the elementary school students and their teen tutors. a national program with offices in Los Angeles, California, and Boston, Massachusetts helps high-achieving, low-income, under-represented junior and senior high school students to get into and graduate from top colleges equipped to reach their full career potential.

SCS Noonan Scholars, a national program with offices in Los Angeles, California, and Boston, Massachusetts helps high-achieving, low-income, under-represented junior and senior high school students to get into and graduate from top colleges equipped to reach their full career potential.

Sinamune in Quito, Ecuador provides children and young adults having special needs with musical education, training, therapy, and participation in an orchestra.

The Summer Reading Program at the Boston Arts Academy (BAA)  in Boston, MA, is a 5-week intensive intervention that takes talented high school students and artists who are reading years below grade level, and empowers them to develop their reading skills from 1 to 4 grade levels in 1 summer.

Urban Improv in Jamaica Plain, MA uses interactive theater workshops and improvisation to teach violence prevention, conflict resolution, decision making, and impulse control.  The program's innovative curriculum helps students deal creatively with major issues in their lives; it is truly a rehearsal for life. is a research and action institute at Wellesley College, MA, which advances gender equality, youth education, social justice, and human wellbeing.

Wellesley Centers for Women is a research and action institute at Wellesley College, MA, which advances gender equality, youth education, social justice, and human wellbeing.

NIOST, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, a program of Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, continues to support the healthy development and wellbeing of children, youth, families, and communities by improving the quality, availability, and sustainability of programs during out-of-school time, including before school, after school, expanded learning time, summer, camp, and vacations.

Open Circle, a program of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, provides a unique, evidence-based social and emotional learning program for grades K-5 that 1) proactively develops children’s skills for recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships and problem solving, and 2) helps schools develop a community where students feel safe, cared for and engaged in learning.

The National SEED Project (Seeking Equity and Diversity) is a 31-year leader in peer-led professional development that promotes greater equity, diversity, and positive change from within organizations for more equitable schools campuses, workplaces, and communities.  

Work, Families, and Children: For more than 25 years, the Work, Families and Children research group (WFC) has studied the lives of children and adults, and the workplaces, early care and education programs and families in which they live, work and grow. Based on this research, WFC has developed innovative programs and materials for practitioners, policymakers and advocates.