Words Come Alive

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“The dance/theater work I have done in collaboration with the Flynn folks makes a difference both cognitively and socially for all the children involved. I couldn't imagine teaching without it at this point and the children would definitely agree!

– Terri Lessard, Literacy Coach at Burlington School District

Words Come Alive is the Flynn’s signature professional development program based on research substantiating the vital importance of the performing arts in learning. Since 2001, through Words Come Alive, classroom teachers have worked in close collaboration with Flynn teaching artists to develop drama and movement techniques that address curricular goals while strengthening students’ expressive skills. Words Come Alive techniques connect with reading, writing, social studies, science, math, social issues, foreign languages, and visual arts, enabling children to become active learners. They become ecosystems, embody poems, and get into the shoes of story characters. They relive the Boston Tea Party and create movement pieces about the Holocaust and child labor. The applications are endless. Words Come Alive is available in stand-alone classroom or teacher workshops, and it is also available as a multi-year, full professional development and arts integration program for classrooms or whole schools.

Watch this 8-minute video to see Words Come Alive in action--and hear what evaluators, teachers, and students have to say about the experience:


The Flynn’s comprehensive professional development program for teachers in Words Come Alive techniques runs over 2-3 year periods. For a list of the schools that have participated or are currently participating, click here. Read professional evaluations (PDF) of Words Come Alive programs implemented in some of these schools to learn of the exciting differences this work makes!  If you wish to read the full evaluations, contact schoolprograms@flynncenter.org.

 The full program consists of:

Words Come Alive resource materials are also available for purchase here.


Drawing from our extensive experience working with teachers through the full program of Words Come Alive , we offer our “best hits” as single events:

  • Words Come Alive student workshops can be booked for your classroom to enrich the curricular topic of your choice. Choose from a list of topics or propose your own topic.
  • Words Come Alive teacher workshops are available for booking for in-service training.
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