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Unlocking Pathways to Learning

Study Overview

In 2009, Changing Worlds launched a bold longitudinal study to measure the difference the arts and culturally responsive teaching practices have on a child's academic and social development. 

As a result, Changing Worlds partnered with three Chicago public schools and the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University to measure the long-term impact of its Literacy and Cultural Connections Program. A total of 95 students were followed over a three-year period, from fourth through sixth grade.

Special thanks to the following funders who made this three-year initiative and report possible:

Anonymous, The Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Tribune Charities - Holiday Campaign, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Henrietta Lange Burk Fund, Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Northern Trust Centennial Fund, The Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund, Polk Bros. Foundation, Rothman Family Foundation, Seabury Foundation and Target.

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