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Jamestown Public Schools
Jamestown Public Schools is excited to embark on a new adventure with our most famous hometown hero, Lucille Ball, as it’s catalyst – “Lucy Lessons!” JPS will partner with the joint efforts of Desilu, too LLC, Howling Hounds Entertainment and ViacomCBS to launch “Lucy Lessons” in Jamestown elementary schools. “Lucy Lessons” are derived from the iconic I Love Lucy television series delivering academic content through a unique design that blends classic comedic scenarios with student-centered, problem-based learning. The pioneer “Teacher Troupe” will be attending professional development with Howling Hounds Entertainment this week. The training for “Lucy Lessons” is being provided free to the district.
“We are so excited to begin this journey to bring ‘Lucy Lessons’ to Jamestown schools,” said JPS Superintendent Kevin Whitaker. “We have such an iconic comedian, Lucille Ball, who hails from Jamestown. It is a wonderful opportunity to take her internationally-known television show to a new generation and at the same time, enhance our student’s learning in a fun and engaging way, while supporting district and NYS learning goals. We know that children are more likely to be excited about learning the curriculum when they are engaged and entertained.”
“Lucy Lessons” are not a curriculum but a supplemental resource and intervention tool that works in the context of the district’s and NYS curriculum. “Lucy Lessons” are based on solid methods and practices of teaching but present the materials in a fun and engaging way developed and taught by educational professionals. “Lucy Lessons” uses iconic I Love Lucy episodes like, “Job Switching,” which includes the famous Lucy and Ethel out-of-control conveyor belt in the candy factory scene, to enhance core subjects such as English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. “Lucy Lessons” also addresses social emotional learning and learning loss, and is appropriate for all students. The pioneer “Teacher Troop” will use the “Lucy Lessons” throughout the 2021-22 school year with both on-line and in-person support from Howling Hounds Entertainment.
“Lucy Lessons creates a learning environment that gives students confidence in their ability to access new information in order to process, understand, explain and show what they know,” said Bonnie Kole, M.Ed. from Howling Hounds Entertainment. “The I Love Lucy episodes that we use are highly engaging and entertaining for all age groups and can really make a reluctant or struggling learner want to learn the lessons. We are thrilled to be able to partner with Jamestown Public Schools to bring ‘Lucy Lesson’ to Lucille Ball’s hometown school district.”
The “Lucy Lessons” has the stamp of approval from Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, Chief Executive Officer of Desilu, too LLC.
“It’s a fitting 70th anniversary gift to that timeless source of love and laughter that we use its magic to help students better understand the world around them,” said Arnaz. “What a wonderful legacy that would be to my parent’s original concept.”
A second group of JPS teachers will have professional development training in August. Howling Hounds Entertainment will be collecting educational data and feedback from JPS teachers and students about the “Lucy Lessons” throughout the 2021-22 school year. Howling Hounds Entertainment and Arnaz hopes the success of the JPS pilot program will enable other school districts across the country to adopt “Lucy Lessons,” and the love of Lucille Ball, to help students learn with laughter.