Case Studies

CAL Program Case Studies

Interested in learning more about how a CAL program can help your students? Read our case studies for program details, plus insights, inspired moments, and outcomes. You can also read reflections and testimonials from students, teachers, and parents.

Case Studies

Participating Schools

  • Roxboro Middle School – Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District
  • Monticello Middle School – Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District
  • Fuchs Mizrachi School

7, 8

Number of Students  

Teaching Artists
Mike Fields
Mike Geletka

Program Overview
Digital Storytelling: The Disability Experience was an in-school residency that guided an inclusive cohort of 309 students, including 75 with federally-recognized disabilities, in exploring the disability experience through the creation of two- to three-minute digital stories. Students worked in small groups of up to four to weave together their original stories with images, music, narrative, and voice, creating a cohesive multimedia presentation. The program enabled students to experiment with new forms of technology and learn how incorporating digital media adds impact and dimension to their storytelling, enabling them to express themselves in ways many of them never have before.

Program Outcomes

100% of students:
  • conveyed complex information through the design and presentation of a digital story.
  • understood the editing software of Movie Maker for image and auditory collection.
  • worked cooperatively in groups to problem solve their personalized digital story.
  • improved social-emotional understanding through the creation of digital stories that connect to such issues as human rights, bullying, feminism, and equality.

Learning Standards

  • Ohio’s Learning Standards for English Language Arts
  • Ohio Learning Standards for Fine Arts
  • National Core Arts Standards for Media Arts

Inspired Moment
Public exhibition of student artwork is a pillar of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning’s programs. Showcasing their work improves student ownership as well as family engagement in the creative process. The 8th grade students at Fuchs Mizrachi screened their digital stories at their graduation ceremony. According to a teacher at Fuchs Mizrachi, “Showcasing these films at the student’s graduation was engaging and had the audience on their seats waiting for the next film to start. This changed how our students will present their work at graduations to come.”

Work Samples

No Gun Violence


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