Our Program

Shakespeare’s Heartbeat

Iambic pentameter—the rhythm of Shakespeare—engages our emotions because it matches our heartbeat. It’s not surprising that the rhythm of Shakespeare can help people connect with themselves and others. We’ve included Shakespeare in our work for years, and have seen the results.

So we’re delighted to bring Shakespeare’s Heartbeat to Northern California. Developed by Kelly Hunter of the Royal Shakespeare Company and based on the Hunter Heartbeat Method, Shakespeare’s Heartbeat uses the heartbeat rhythm of Shakespeare’s words and the physicality of his characters to develop communication and life skills for people on the autism spectrum. We’ve also found this program to have positive results

Ohio State University’s Norsinger Center has an ongoing study of the benefits of the Hunter Heartbeat Method. The data-based results show that participants demonstrate improved:
• Ability to make and maintain eye contact
• Spatial awareness and understanding of appropriate personal space
• Emotional expression and vocal intonation
• Social interaction
• Flexibility with unexpected situations

Here’s a look at Ohio State University’s research:
• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yox5hMAHXQo

Common Core

Listing every possible application for the Eureka Street Learning method would take many pages, but these are some examples of how Eureka Street Learning aligns with Common Core State Standards for K-12:

  • English Language Arts. Make a kinesthetic game out of identifying parts of speech, and using them to build clear sentences.
  • Narrative. Improv a story with a clear narrative arc and identify relevant information that “moves the story forward". Act out characters and develop vocabulary to describe them.
  • Science. Make science concepts, such as electromagnetism, gravity, and erosion real by acting them out.
  • Research and investigation. Use mock interviews to develop investigation skills while reviewing subject matter

Teacher perspectives

Eureka Street Learning brings subjects to life. With the Eureka Street Learning approach to science, this was the first time every student understood the subject.