About artist in residency Maire Clerkin

This year we will be diving deep into the Middle Ages – joining us will be Maire Clerkin.

About the Artist

Máire Clerkin is an actor, Irish Dancer, choreographer, writer and teacher. From London of Irish parents, she moved to sunny California in 2003. She tours her one-woman show (see Performances), teaches dance drama in schools, runs literacy through dance education programs,…

Your child will be a juvenile delinquent! is a statement no parent wants to hear

Your child will be a juvenile delinquent – that is what Mary heard from one of her daughters teachers in Elementary school. Why do I tell you this? Because I hope that you hear from us that we care, we know the pain, and we know there has to be a better way.

Many people argue they learned more by doing than by formal schooling

“A thought-provoking article” said Allison Sweeney, another local busy BEE mom. In the article “Don’t assume I’m smarter than my contractor”, by Kevin Currie-Knight, a number of studies ask why culture trivializes nonacademic intelligence and knowledge. The full article is linked below.

Many people would argue they learned more by doing things like jobs, sports, leadership in clubs, than by actual formal schooling.

“According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), learning disabilities can only exist in academic subjects like …


The focus on STEM fields was initiated to increase global competitiveness and the project does have its merits. However, it has left the arts languishing far off in the periphery. This is quite unfortunate, as art education is known to improve academic performance.

– On average, students who study the arts for 4 years in high school score 98 points higher on the SATs compared to those who study the same for half a year or less.

– Students who took up music appreciation scored 61 points higher on the verbal section and 42 points higher on the math section.

Here’s how to register for Workshop Summer Camps starting next week for students ages 10 and up

Here is what you need to know about being involved in Summer Camp at the Urban Workshop this summer of 2016. Please pass this along and share it with others.

Summer Camps are open to all students age 10 and up – whether they go to “regular” school or are involved in homeschooling….

BEE is an educational nonprofit and has received a grant from the Haas foundation to encourage student enrollment into these workshop level courses. The funding is limited, please apply early.

If you are part of the alternative educational community, then you have one of two choices for registration:

If you are using charter funds, BEE is a recognized vendor for many charter schools in the area…

Our community is ready to work together to change education

Let take a moment to show how your donation of just $25.00 can make a difference in the life of a student. Through B.E.E. ‘s programs and classes, we provide the educational experiences that students need to succeed. Your individual donations will help:

the Arbor Learning Center with access to theater and bringing Shakespeare classes into their educational journey this year with Much Ado.
the Linden Tree Program launch a new Waldorf inspired homeschool program in Huntington Beach
the growing number of programs offered through B.E.E..

Classes start again next week. Are you looking for support

Classes start again for Spring Semester next week.  Are you looking for support with your struggling learner?  Are you unfamiliar with how to integrate the Arts for learning? We can help!  Our classes are designed to be small, individualized support, Read More …