New Education Options, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Environment

Location: 14431 Ventura Blvd. #312 Sherman Oaks CA 91423 USA

Mission: New Education Options, Inc. serves children, educators and adults with products and services as a public benefit educational arts organization. It is combining educational , brain-based research with Science, Math, Engineering and Technology principles through water stewardship. The goal improve instruction and enhance school skills through saving millions of gallons of water, conservation practices, and interactive language programs. Building science and academic vocabulary in daily practice in school and out.
Results: Services won a California Lottery "Hero in Education Award" for service to the schools under the Mars 2030 program working with at-risk children using high tech musical tools and vocabulary/language arts/ English writing/performance constructs to motivate children to excel in school and out! After completing a Masters Thesis at California State University San Bernardino in 2012, our director has continued to work in LAUSD with Gault Elementary School and with NOBLE, Inc. at Hamlin Charter Academy. NEO received a grant from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to work with 10 schools or 2000 children then followed by a grant from the California Arts Council/from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. USDOE has approved Bo's arts integration ELL work to proceed as a mobile informal science center working with PK-5th graders now planning more training arts educators, childcare providers, and classroom professionals in 2014-2015, 2015-2016. The NOBLEkids staff training using Songworks pedagogy with ML work is seen on the Cynthyny Lebo classroom on Teachers Tube, designated a favorite this week! This "It's Elementary my dear" video documentary was produced by Cleveland High School Media Academy students as a Landmark SELP project from a donation from David Elliott. The project is collaborating with Globe.gov, WaterSense, the Dana Foundation, and CalRecycle under AB1548 to build science vocabulary in school through music and arts inclusion.
Target demographics: At-Risk learners, low income children and instructors in Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire and South Bay areas. Provider of educational SES programs for Title 1, 5-8 years old in Elementary and Middle Schools. Serving children that need to build up English Language skills. Live interactive events and school programs at public environmental celebrations, public libraries, book stores and festivals providing public children's musical programming, arts residencies for bilingual families and children.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 200-500 children directly, 2000-5000 in events, 200 plus parents, 12 teachers
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, Inland Empire (San Bernardino, Riverside)
Programs: Education and Environment curriculum, musical theater, songwriting and music composition, lyric writing, journal writing, and STEM/STEAM arts integration programming to celebrate our relationship to Nature, Science, Water, and Song.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Bo completed her Masters Project on Musical Linguistics for 3rd graders and has begun to work with the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's support. NEO, Inc. became a Community Partner. Programs served children, childcare workers, and classroom teachers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build the board and fine 8 more schools to work with in the San Fernando Valley for 2014-2016 or 2016-2018 to begin launching new teachers and serving a goal of 10 Elementary Schools and/or 2000 children in the 3rd District in LA County.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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"Songs as sweet as chocolate. Programs based on brain research and the wonder of childhood as expressed through gorgeous rhymes and rhythms. Ongoing love of learning, practice, practicality, and persistence." "Working to lower Californian water usage by millions of gallons by linking long term memory, mindful awareness and the arts to English speakers, students and family through the love of words and music" "Making our riverbank memorable one drip at a time."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching children respond with all their hearts and spontaneously dance, jump, read and sing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it it's bus and support its work with LADWP, the Economic Alliance, LAUSD, and other agencies.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The impact its had on its audiences.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, professional, and talented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a model that combines arts, science, and inquiry and link kids, parents and teachers to affordable scalable solutions for healthier schools, communities, job and school readiness. Improve core resiliency in tough times while improving test scores.

Ways to make it better...

The program had found a more regular funding source to provide for a seasonal calendared set of regional and specific tour dates and the LEA contracts to serve more schools.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Field research, innovative program, and SES Title one cuts. It has volunteered and so it hasn't been on the list for large donations yet. As a young award winning nonprofit venture, it still needs a backbone of support & needs to build Mindspan Members.

One thing I'd also say is that...

That learning how to learn is part of bringing generations into our culture now and making our country stronger, happier, healthier, and more employable/competitive no matter where one is starting with reading, words, performance, or studying.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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I like seeing the kids light up. Bill and Bo work magic in the children, drawing them into the event, singing or dancing. I like the expressions on the Moms and Dads watching their kids.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They continue on in tough times. Making a difference in the lives of children is important to them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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1 person found this review helpful

I am a volunteer working with English- challenged children. I've seen how the New Education Options program brings kids to life and stimulates them to find their own reasons to learn English.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing a roomfull of kids belt out a song with challenging English words and intricate rhythms with a minimum of coaching. Their love of the song opened pathways to the brain that otherwise would have been closed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the course of the dropout problem in Southern California.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Consistently excellent theater. Well directed and produced plays with great actors ,sets,lighting. I am a season subscriber and normally see 5 plays a season. Recently saw "The Vertical Hour". It was a bit long and "talky" but I found it thought provoking and topical.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending plays

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the variety of plays presented

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very efficient.

Ways to make it better...

refreshments were not allowed in the theater after intermission. Had an experience with patron swishing ice in a cup and opening wrappers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably money!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm glad we have a local, equity theater in Dayton

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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