Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Troubadour Inc

  • Chestnut Hill, MA
  • www.troubadour.org

Mission Statement

Troubadour’s mission is to improve student literacy and academic achievement in underserved Massachusetts schools through poetry, song lyrics and prose. We empower teachers with dynamic strategies to strengthen instructional practice in the literary arts.

 

We accomplish our mission by bringing our Literacy through Writing and Song Program and Professional Development Workshops to schools that serve at-risk students in Boston, Lowell and other low-income Massachusetts communities.

Main Programs

  1. Literacy through Writing and Song Program

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Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Troubadour partners with schools that serve at-risk children in Boston, Lowell and other low-income Massachusetts communities.

ruling year

1985

Principal Officer

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Victor Cockburn

Keywords

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Boston, Lowell, Massachusetts, low-income

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EIN

22-2581823

 Number

4930897356

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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For thirty years, Troubadour has improved student literacy and academic achievement in underserved Massachusetts schools, grades K-8, through poetry, song lyrics and prose. We have:

- Served more than 175,000 teachers and students since our founding;

- Contributed to increases of up to 22 percentage points over three years in Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) scores on English Language Arts exams (Represents percentage point increase by grade level 3-5 over 3 years in the number of Taylor School students passing the MCAS ELA exam (scoring in the Advanced and Proficient categories);

- Empowered teachers with dynamic strategies to strengthen instructional practice in the literary arts;

- Been selected as a Creative Teaching Partner by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and

- Produced award-winning resource materials and audio recordings, including traditional and contemporary story narrations, poetry and original songs for major educational publishers (e.g., Scholastic Books, Hampton-Brown, Curriculum Associates and Macmillan Publishers) to help teachers implement their literacy curriculum.

Programs

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Program 1

Literacy through Writing and Song Program

Troubadour’s Literacy through Writing and Song Programbrings highly qualified Teaching Artists into the classroom to work with students and demonstrate for teachers how to integrate literature, writing and music into the academic curriculum. The program:

 

- Improves students’ reading, writing and other academic skills while nurturing their creativity and helping them develop critical thinking, problem-solving and collaborative skills, and

 

- Builds teachers’ skills, knowledge and confidence in using our innovative program strategies, techniques and activities on their own.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$120,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Troubadour partners with schools that serve at-risk children in Boston, Lowell and other low-income Massachusetts communities.

Funding Needs

- Wordsmith—$25 supports a curriculum textbook for one teacher.  - Lyricist—$50 supports writing supplies for one classroom. - Poet—$100 supports curriculum textbooks and CDs for two teachers. - Raconteur—$250 supports art materials for a school-wide Emerging Writers Festival. - Novelist —$500 supports curriculum textbooks and CDs for 10 teachers. - Minstrel—$1,000 supports two Professional Development Workshops for teachers. - Balladeer—$5,000 supports a one-year, in-depth program for 75 urban students and their teachers. - Playwright—$10,000 supports training and supervision of one Teaching Artist-in-training. - Bard—$25,000 supports a one-year, in-depth program for 375 urban students and their teachers. - Troubadour—$50,000 supports a one-year, in-depth program for 750 urban students and their teachers.

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Troubadour Inc

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Principal Officer

Victor Cockburn

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sandhya Douglas President

Vice President, Wellington Management Company

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