Many schools, facilities, organizations, and professionals throughout the world, have found that using role-playing games are highly effective as an instructional modality for increasing student engagement and retention in many topics.
Here is a collection of research using RPGs for education: http://rpgr.org/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/rpg-education
The RPG Trailer will it much more affordable traveling across the North American continent providing educational institutions RPG sessions for students and/or training educators to help students engage more fully in the learning process, leading to better engagement, retention, and many other benefits.
Note, some program consultation and/or training can be provided via audio/video conferencing for those beyond the reach of the trailer.
There is extensive research on how role-playing games can be a powerful modality for instruction.
Hawke Robinson, the creator of the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer, has been involved with role-playing games since 1979, and has created a number of programs using RPG to help participants learn various topics, ranging from practical life skills, to more academic topics.
Hawke is registered with the Washington State Department of Health as a Recreation Therapist.
Here are a few examples programs I have created for (life skills) education using RPGs:
- Program Using Tabletop RPG to learn the use of civic resources (police, fire, doctor, hospital, theater, etc.)
- Using Tabletop & LARP to learn use of public transit
- ADD/ADHD Classroom Modifications: Education Gamification
Here are some programs by others using RPGs for to achieve numerous education goals:
- California Abantey Workshop (math, science, etc.): http://roleplayworkshop.com
- Østerskov Efterskole - Danish public high school teaching 9th and 10th year of education, and the subjects are: Danish, English, German, Mathematics, Science (physics and chemistry), Biology, Geography, History, Social science, Religion and Physical education. using LARP
- Mythic RPG & LARP, coordination with schools, libraries & others, offering programs encouraging reading & spelling (among many other programs). Greater New York / New Jersey metropolitan area