The two-fold mission of Arts/Literacy is 1] to create an effective year-round professional development program for teachers and actors linking the performing arts and literacy skills; and 2] to provide challenging academic and artistic opportunities for low-income students in resource-poor schools to help them meet new standards-based learning outcomes. In the next two years, Arts/Literacy will move from a pilot project to a self-sustaining model of professional development that educates actors, and preservice and inservice teachers to use the performing arts to help students meet new high academic and artistic standards. At the end of two years, a cadre of teacher/actors will be prepared to educate others in this professional development model. A student/faculty research team will provide systematic evaluation with particular attention to the capacity of this model to help students meet the Rhode Island Arts Framework K-12. The work will be extended to a national audience and we will have developed a long-term plan for a Center for Literacy and Performance Studies for Youth. The project has multiple audiences including [over two years]: 18 teachers and 18 actors in intensive work, 400 students at Brown Summer High School, 100 participants total in teacher/actor teams at "institutes" 18 teachers and [on average 5 classes of 23 students each] 2070 secondary school students during the academic year, 40 Brown undergraduate students, and several hundred parents and members of the performing arts and educational communities attending culminating performances. The Providence Black Repertory Company is our partner in this consortial proposal; participating organizations include Trinity Repertory Company, NewGate Theatre, and the Institute for Elementary and Secondary Education, Education Department, Brown University.