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Theatre Education offers both individual and group development of skills and techniques. This art form provides access to multiple learning opportunities, often integrating demonstrations of knowledge through verbal, written, and physical means. 

The full potential of a student involved within this art form is realized when:
  • sufficient learning time is provided for the mastery of skills, techniques, and reflection of goals,
  • theatrical experiences are instructed by individuals with adequate training, and
  • broad in-depth learner experiences are encouraged by the school community.

New Academic Standards Under Development - Theatre 2018

Standards Review

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising academic standards. The process begins with a notice of intent to review an academic area with a public comment period of one month. The State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council examines those comments and recommends whether to revise those standards or continue with the existing standards. If a revision is determined to be needed, a state writing committee is formed to work on revision or development of those standards for all grade levels. That draft is then made available for open review to get feedback from the public, key stakeholders, educators, and the Legislature with further review by the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council. The State Superintendent then determines adoption of the standards.

Here are links to resources describing the process.
Public Input Requested for the Wisconsin Standards for Theatre Draft. The comment period for the draft was scheduled for July 13, 2018 to August 13, 2018. The survey information collected, along with comments shared at the public hearing, will be shared at the State Superintendent's Standards Review Council on September 11, 2018 at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, GEF 3 Building, in Room P41, 125 South Webster Street, Madison, WI. Watch this site for more details. 

Specific information about programming and curriculum design is available through two publications: Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Theatre Education (1997) and A Guide to Curriculum Planning in Classroom Drama and Theatre (1992). You may purchase each guide at DPI Publication Sales or 800-243-8782. Districts are free to consider the standards of their choosing in their work.

For further information about theatre education in Wisconsin, please follow the links: 
For questions about this information, contact Julie Palkowski (608) 261-7494