The word "empowerment" appears all over the ASTEP website, so I ask Mauricio what it means to him.
In an interview transcribed on the ASTEP website, she credits her arts education with giving her attention to depth and detail and expresses the will to emulate her ASTEP teachers (specifically Mauricio and his wife, Cindy) in the dedication and appreciation they exemplify for their work and for one another.
Dancer and ASTEP Volunteer Caroline Fermin describes her year of teaching through ASTEP at Brooklyn International High School as the hardest thing she has ever done.
ASTEP becomes a type of family, with shared values.
Like ASTEP, Voices Inside/Out emerged from artists' emotional and intellectual response to a need, and the strength of a partnership to support that response.
Since then, ASTEP has reached out to 2,500 children through four ongoing programs (Florida, South Africa, India, and New York City) and additional community workshops.
In 2007, with the help of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Ubuntu Education Fund, ASTEP took a group of 47 children on a 13-hour trip from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg to see productions of The Lion King and Rent.
Konopka first got involved with ASTEP as a student at Juilliard.
Previous work by collaborators in the ASTEP project was assessed when preparing the user needs for ASTEP (McAndrew, Desmulliez, Flockhart, Schnurr, Tomes, Ferreira, Santiago, Ra, Strom, Smith, Gracie, Rorvik, Johnsen, & Mayes, 1998).
The course model in the ASTEP project is task-centric, this means that all the material presented to the user, and all the actions that they take relative to that material, will be associated with learning tasks.
For example, some of the tasks in the ASTEP system were also built using an experimental version of a simulations toolkit--the Multi-Verse toolkit (2001)--that could support sharing between the students as well as their own active work on the task.
The previous section has outlined an overall approach for the framework used on the ASTEP project.