The Hamilton Education Program Online Will Expand to All Schools

IBL News | New York

The Hamilton Education Program Online, which provides history lessons based on the Broadway smash hit Hamilton, will be available to all middle and high schools institutions from 2020 to 2021.

This fall, the Hamilton Education Program Online, also known as EduHam, is expected to spread to a wider array of students as part of a pilot program involving 76 public and private schools across the United States.

The program blends American history with performing arts, and engages students in grades 6-12 to create original works — such as poems, raps, songs and scenes — related to Alexander Hamilton and the U.S.’s founding era. It follows the model used by creator and composer of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the musical Hamilton.

The program will consist of classroom activities and digital resources that can be incorporated into a regular curriculum. Students participating in the program will have the chance to submit their performance piece and be selected to see a performance of Hamilton in New York City.

The program’s goal is to serve 250,000 students in Title I schools by 2020. So far, 138,654 students have participated in the program.

The Rockefeller Foundation — provided funding for the original Title I program and has been available to Title I schools since 2016 — is paying for the pilot expansion.