Math in a Basket has transformed my 4th graders since the program was implemented in my school last year. The in-service training provided to teachers before the first year of implementation was phenomenal; we spent four days learning about the "math" behind the program while we had the opportunity to create four unique baskets for ourselves. I believe that Dramatic Results truly embodies the Chinese proverb "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand." By being involved in the basket making process ourselves, we were well equipped to help our students understand not only how to design and create a basket, but to learn some key mathematical concepts that are vital to success in 4th grade Common Core mathematics. The teaching team is top-notch; it's clear that Dramatic Results recruits and trains their teaching artists to combine their knowledge of art and engineering with meaningful mathematics instruction. Both last year and this year, I have had students come to life with enthusiasm for the program who previously thought of math as something difficult to understand. In addition, Dramatic Results has designed a 3-year inclusion program for classroom teachers which has allowed us to gradually take on more responsibility. The first year, we served as "guides on the side" while the teaching artists delivered the lessons. This year, the classroom teachers have collaborated to teach half of each lesson with guidance from the teaching artists. This interim step gives the classroom teachers the valuable opportunity to learn and embody the concepts before we "step up to the plate" next year as the primary instructors. The most amazing thing about our Math in a Basket program, however, centers around the students and their enthusiasm for learning. My 4th graders eagerly look forward to each lesson, and I have witnessed several at-risk students embrace both the program and the essential learning behind it. I feel truly lucky to be a part of this incredible program and, as a veteran teacher of 30+ years, I have yet to see a program that produces the same results as Math in a Basket.
Dramatic Results is a breath of fresh air in an education system that is dated and lacking in meeting the holistic needs of all learners. One need only walk into a Dramatic Results’ class to find genuine excitement from students who are engaged, collaborating, and learning, all while having fun. I am a better educator for working with Dramatic Results and hope to be involved in the program in the future.
As an industrial designer, I was definitely not the obvious choice as an intern for an education based nonprofit. But, Dramatic Results definitely flips the script on classic education. Through my time here, I have been able to share my experiences as a designer to students who would not normally get this kind of exposure. While working with Dramatic Results, I have been able to see the opportunities for design to elevate education. The entire time I worked with them, I always felt like my contributions and feedback were valued and taken seriously. I believe that Dramatic Results’ approach to education is paving way to a newer, more relavent way of learning.
Dramatic Results does outstanding work with the local youth of Long Beach. When I worked with them over the summer, I was able to see the difference their program made for students in only a week, which is quite the accomplishment. They also treat everyone with equal regard and respect and kindness regardless of background, which is a quality we need more of.
I’m currently a pre-service teacher for Dramatic Results and I have to say this program has taught me the value of community and interpersonal skills. I would also like to add how Dramatic Results emphasizes on creating a safe space and judgement free zone for the students. I have personally seen the positive outcome!
Dramatic Results (DR) truly showed me the power of community in a multitude of ways. We always hear and say "knowledge is power" and "it takes a village to raise a child..." But what about access to education? What about access to this village? Education is so much more than just school; it is about knowing how to reflect on oneself; how to communicate well; how to network and make relationships for future opportunities; how to establish and maintain relationships whether it be individually or organizationally—and all these things are factors that enhance education and enhance the power of community at a grassroots level. It is about empowerment; empowering not only our students, but everyone who wants to make a positive impact on the youth and community as a whole for a better tomorrow. DR is truly invested in the well-being of our youth and our community, and I am proud to be a part of its vision.
Our boys were blessed not just once, but twice, to participate in summer programs sponsored by Dramatic Results. Last year, they were invited to participate in a STEAM camp at the US Sailing Center. They were excited every week to learn about sailing and engineering. They raced every week and were excited for the opportunity to apply their learning when they engineered and sailed their own boats! This past summer they were extremely appreciative of a second opportunity when they were invited to participate in the LB Yacht Club’s Wet Wednesday’s sailing events. The partnership between Dramatic Results and the US Sailing Center gave them an opportunity they’ll never forget - to compete on a team that included 3 other children in a sailing series against several adult teams. They came in 2nd Place, validating and affirming their abilities as participants, and magnifying this opportunity as something more than just a learning experience. Dramatic Results has been successful in extending the love for science beyond the classroom, by opening doors of opportunity for children who may have otherwise never have had the chance to partake in such activities. Thank you Dramatic Results for igniting these interests in our boys Micah and Maddox! They will never forget their two summers of sailing!
Dramatic Results is an incredible nonprofit that's connecting the resources of the community with students and teachers. Not only do students enjoy learning, they actually get excited about it! To see their joy in using math, science and creativity, and how they're able to grow in their communication skills – it's truly one of a kind.
Dramatic Results is such an amazing hands-on learning program and experience relating to real world experiences for our in-coming 6th grade girl (Raena). Her first experience with DR was during this past summer at the US Sailing Center. Raena had such a fun, adventurous, and memorable learning experience with Samai, Mike, Tori-Ann, Tatyana, and all the staff from both Dramatic Results, Mike, and his US Sailing staff. She learned how to sail a boat and her team even created one out of cardboard! Thanks to the ABC Scholarship program our little girl, Raena, will have the opportunity to immerse herself every Saturday morning with activities and/or lessons/mini-lessons integrated with Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering, and Mathematics throughout the day and it has been such an exciting approach to her learning. She also writes about her experiences and shares them in class with everyone. She is exposed to new and challenging vocabulary words, which will also help her become a stronger reader. Raena is truly excited and looking forward to continue to be a part of Dramatic Results and the ABC Scholarship Program. We are extremely proud and grateful for all involved in her interests and support in her academics. We appreciate all involved in holding high accountability and expectations as well as ensuring collaborative/cooperative group learnings and constantly checking for understanding with high critical thinking. We are really blessed Raena is with Dramatic Results and couldn't be happier. It will prepare her for a happy and successful future. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we all look forward to the next three exciting years as well as getting to know Brenda (new Program Manager) as well. Thank you again Dramatic Results for all of your commitment, dedication, hard work, and time. :)
I became aware of the ABC Program by visiting the Nelson Academy Office and reading a pamphlet on the program because my son qualified a 6th grade student enrolled in accelerated classes. I applied online for my son Jilal and was contacted the next day by Brenda informing me that my son received the last spot in the program! She was very polite, informative, and professional while giving me the basic information on how to get started! I followed up with her today asking questions and she is very patient and excited to be working with all students who were afforded this great opportunity!!!
During the summer, I had the opportunity to work with Dramatic Results; an amazing nonprofit organization which helps students understand the connection between art and STEM fields. Being able to see how they begin to think and make the connects with each activity they do is something I won't forget. Giving the students experiences they won't be able to obtain anywhere else such sailing, which was the first time I had ever gone sailing.
Dramatic Results is an incredible organization that creates groundbreaking learning experiences. Students get excited to build academic skills and they grow so much in their confidence, teamwork, and engagement. Dramatic Results comes alongside schools and communities to empower educators to make a lasting impact on students, and it shows!
Dramatic Results is an amazing organization inspiring learning through art. The staff is passionate and the children are enthusiastic to take their learnings to the next level. The children are excited to advance their skills and gain much confidence in their learning abilities. Dramatic Results makes learning FUN! You can see that the children served are touched and inspired in a unique and artful manner. The program offers a delightful and engaging learning process!
I am very grateful and excited that LBUSD has such a great community that cares about their excelling students. We worked so hard with our children to push them to their full potential. I am glad that their are sponsors and ABC Scholars/Dramatic Results and everyone involved to be able to be apart of such a great STEAM program is an honor for not only my child, but also for me as a parent. My child is a GATE/EXCEL student and while this program is great for him in the classroom, having a program outside the classroom on the summer break and weekends will only help him improve and expand his knowledge and way of thinking with hands on experience. The STEAM program have an extensive mentors that will be helping the kids learn, grow, and think outside of the box. I recommend this program to any parent with a gifted student. This program really help the children reach their full potential and really challenge them. These creative minds need to be challenge on a daily and for my child to be among other peers too, group problem solving and working in groups also help them be prepare with the real world and social settings.
Dramatic Results is a stellar organization doing important work with the mission of using art to help students succeed. I got involved with DR in July of this year and have been so impressed with its mission and impact on students.
I was able to interview students and their parents during DR's summer program to help collect testimonials and I heard such touching stories of how the program helped them. One student said "after this program I know I can go into 6th grade feeling confident in learning". A mother said "my daughter wants to work for NASA one day and this program did wonders for her math and science skills and her self-esteem". All after just 3 weeks!
The programs really make the subjects come to life for the students. Kids who weren't interested in learning become engaged and start loving it. Just wonderful!
Two of my sons did Dramatic Results and to see their excitement and the difference in their attitudes after the first day was amazing. Dramatic Results helps students develop critical thinking skills to push forward in all areas of life. As a dad it's been really special to see this change in them.
My daughter Emma participated in the Summer STEAM program this year. When we found out she would get to do this program we were jumping up and down! She is going into the GATE program at LBUSD and wants to work for NASA one day. This program was so helpful. She learned so much about math and science, grew in her confidence in learning, and was so excited to wake up early to participate every day. I am very thankful for your program and I hope you can help even more students in the future! Anything we can do to help, we are here to support.
I've known Dramatic Results since its beginning. They have been changing lives for the better for 25 years! Their dedication, their vision, their excellence is amazing. They truly help children learn not for testing but for life. They are the truest to their name organization I know of. This is a non-profit that works from the heart. They target children who are most in need and help them to build their confidence, their self-esteem, and their learning! Here's to another 25 years!!!!
For the last 5 years I have watched this agency with awe. The heart and soul that is Dramatic Results shows up on every child that participates in their programs. There is a reason that this nonprofit has been around for 25 years they strive to be better every year and they do it. Who doesn’t want to learn and have ridiculous fun doing it ‼️
STEAM / Dramatic Results was a blessing not only for my son but for the family. I am extremely thankful for this program and words cannot explain the gratitude and honor I feel that Jaden was able to join this summer. Being able to see and experience everything he learned was beyond anything we could have asked for and frankly more than I could have afford. I first came across this program when my son came home with a basket he proudly made at school in 4th grade. I really wished everyone was aware of programs like this to encourage children to focus on education because educating them isn’t always reading a book it’s about the techniques and first hand experiences such has STEAM offered my son. I am thankful for everyone who worked with the kids and to everyone who makes it possible for Dramatic Results to exist. I have nothing but positive experiences from each and everyone whom Jaden and our family interacted with. I hope to see more successful stories such as the one we had and hopefully Jaden or my youngest daughter will be able to join in the future! Thank you all!!!!!!!!
I have been working with Dramatic Results as Operations Manager for nearly a year now and my love for the agency and its mission grows stronger every day. Having moved here from Shanghai, with a background in contemporary Chinese art production, my work with DR has been a new challenge. I was shocked to realize the constraints on teacher resources and the lack of opportunities for students in title 1 schools. Though most of my time is spent behind the scenes, I cherish the days I get to assist in class, whether that is at our 3-week Summer STEAM Institute, Math in a Basket program with 4th graders, or learning about pollination and ecosystems with our 2nd grade STEAM students in Walnut. A day spent with Dramatic Results is always great! This October we will celebrate 25 years of successful arts integration and social emotional learning; I look forward to supporting the agency over its next 25.
Dramatic Results has provided meaningful math experiences for Long Beach Unified School District students. Selected school sites and students were able to experience project based learning activities such as weaving baskets or making paper airplanes in a space built around teamwork and perseverance through problem solving. Students and classroom teachers benefited from interacting with the knowledgeable staff that planned motivating activities to support the grade level math content standards. The Dramatic Results staff was always open to collaboration with curriculum leaders, principals, and teachers to help plan STEM activities that enhance the district curriculum. Kudos to all they do for our students!
I've been working with Dramatic Results for a few years now and it has been amazing how much of an impact one organization can make. Dramatic Results students score higher in all areas when measured against the California standards. The students gain exposure to design thinking, modeling, scaling, modular shapes, crafting, design, and so much more based in STEAM. If want to see a positive impact in the community and are looking for dramatic results in education, you're in the right place!
In our summer STEAM institute, I was able to mentor the students from an engineers prospective. Students went from fear of getting in the water to designing, building (out of duct tape and cardboard), and sail their own boats. Keep up the great work!
Dramatic Resultults created a 3 week summer program that is true inquiry based. Students explore a common topic in their unique ways with defined parameters, common instruction, language and opportunities to learn while expanding their base of knowledge. There are definite “correct” answers but the key is there is more than one answer that will work. I love learning that is an inch wide and a mile deep. A good life lesson that the journey is more important than getting to the destination although there are distinct destinations in this 3 week STEAM experience
I am a Job Coach for College Internship Program where I work with young adults who have ASD and other learning differences. My company has had a partnership with Dramatic Results for the past two years. Dramatic Results has given many of our students the opportunity to gain work experience. The staff is very understanding of our students and they go the extra mile to make them feel at home.
Great place to volunteer! Extremely friendly staff with a motivating purpose. Always extremely heart melting to see the children's faces light up during activities.
This nonprofit organization offers fantastic programs in a creative environment for students to learn hands on! I had the best time volunteering at Dramatic Results since it was a creative outlet for myself to explore.
I really appreciate how Dramatic Results incorporates art, math, and science with their programs. As a volunteer, I was able to gain leadership skills while receiving my service hours. Overall, I love this nonprofit organization!
Dramatic Results has such a hardworking team who are devoted to doing what they love and providing opportunities for students to achieve in the arts, mathematics and science. Looking forward to many more years to come with this wonderful organization!
I've been volunteering at Dramatic Results for about 4 years and have been thoroughly impressed with the work that they do. They are such a great asset to our community and to the schools where they teach. It is a great program and a great way for children to learn while incorporating art to make learning fun! I highly recommend this program as I have seen first-hand what it can do for the kids that are lucky enough to be a part of it. I, too, am lucky to be able to volunteer and be part of such a great program. Keep up the good work!
I have been a community volunteer for Dramatic Results for the last 2 years. The first year I helped in the classroom with the Math in a Basket program and last year I helped in the office. Working in the classroom with the kids was so enlightening, seeing the kids light up when we walked in to the room made my morning. The program is amazing how it integrated math and art, the kids were learning math skills while making art projects, how great is that...and they loved it! Being able to give these kids a special program like this is amazing and such a great asset to their education. I believe it builds their confidence in learning and gives them a vision and understanding of both math and art. I am proud to say that I was able to be a part of that...what a wonderful program Dramatic Results provides. Keep up the good work!
I've been volunteering at Dramatic Resilts since last year and it's been such a great experience ! The people who work here are so nice and welcoming and the setting itself is so friendly . The fact that these people take their time to help kids learn in such a creative way is so outstanding , im so happy to be a volunteer here & I'm very excited to see what new projects they have coming up ! (:
It's a great place to volunteer I love the people there and I love what they stand for , helping bring arts and crafts for elementary kids while incorporating both math and science.
Everyone is always friendly and artistic and every time they tell me about their activities that they do with the kids makes me happy that they always find a way to help kids understand more of the subject. Dramatic results is a very inspiring and extraordinary program for it's unique way of teaching kids.
Volunteering with Dramatic Results has been a great opportunity for myself to not only offer my time and assistance to help expand a beneficial non-profit program into our public school systems, but it has allowed me to observe first-hand how dedicated the team and teaching artists are at Dramatic Results. Lessons are meticulously crafted through workshop sessions to help create a seamless dialogue between teaching artists, the students and their teachers.
The material itself is surprisingly well thought out to help bridge students' core education with art concepts such as the Math in a Basket program; the program focuses on understanding perimeter and area while inspiring students to celebrate important facets of their life represented by their choices of reed color used to help structure their basket. These sessions emphasize student education and artistic awareness but most importantly students are engaged on a level that transcends standard learning techniques which, from this volunteer's perspective, exceeds expectations.
I am a 4th grade teacher who just completed the Math in a Basket teacher training. This program is a wonderful and positive experience. The staff is very knowledgeable and very patient. It is very apparent that the teaching artists are very knowledgeable about the program, and their patience was extraordinary. During the week we learned the system, and I truly saw the entire process from beginning to end and I am beyond impressed. I have taught for 16 years and there are always students who struggle in math and trying to grasp the concepts. Math in a basket uses 4th grade core Math content that students will need to follow to be successful in their experience.
I can not begin to tell you how impressed I am with the leadership of this program. Christi Wilkins is such a positive leader. I truly believe that she has surrounded herself with a strong and capable team. Along with a wonderful team, Christi has a program that I believe all the students are going to absolutely love. I feel the program is challenging for kids who need the challenge, and it is a different way of learning and may reach the students who struggle with 4th grade concepts. I am blessed to be a part of this program, and look forward to a wonderful school year with Math in a Basket. I walked into the Dramatic Results office on Monday morning not understanding the program at all, and I walked out on Friday after an amazing training with arms full of baskets, and a true sense of accomplishment. I am looking forward to a wonderful year! Thank you Christi and all the amazing teaching artists!!!
Dramatic Results is a great community organization. I am a Career Coordinator for a support program for college students with learning differences. Some of our students interested in the fields of arts and/or education have volunteered with Dramatic Results. They have received the opportunity to work hands on in preparing materials and projects for the teaching artists and have gained a general understanding about job tasks and the working world. Samai, the Program Coordinator, is great at teaching our volunteers the various tasks and assignments. The staff at Dramatic Results are very creative and provide wonderful supplemental curriculum to local schools. Our students are proud to be volunteers for this organization!
I interned for Dramatic Results for over year and really got a chance to see this organization in action. Dramatic Results is truly a one of a kind organization that incorporates creativity and art into Math and Language Arts lesson plans. These lesson plans are taken to the classrooms of schools in low-income neighborhoods and serve as a resource for these students where they have the opportunity to develop their creativity while learning Math or Language Arts. Dramatic Results has been so successful because the board and staff work really hard and are very organized in the planning and executing process. Dramatic Results is a rich, unique, dedicated organization that should be admired for what they do and stand for.
Dramatic results is an amazing organization. The teachers and staff are wonderful, friendly, welcoming, and have a passion for what they do. I am interning with them, and I have learned many things and love going every time. Everyone works together and gets along so well which makes a great team. Since the first day I started interning I felt so welcomed and the staff has taught me many different things. I will continue interning because of the growth and development I have experienced. Dramatic results is a great organization that allows students to learn and grow as individuals.
Dramatic Results is an amazing organization that encourages creativity in the classroom. It is a great way for students to express themselves through art. I am pleased to have volunteered for Dramatic Results because I was able to help and work with others and staff hands on. This organization has served as a creative outlet for students and myself to undertake artistic opportunities. I am very appreciative for Dramatic Results and their programs to further educate and inspire students.
I have volunteered for Dramatic Results, and it is an extraordinary organization that allows students to learn and be creative. I feel very blessed to be part of an organization that is meaningful and helped me gain artful skills that I never knew I had. I would just like to thank Dramatic Results for letting me be part of their organization.
I am a volunteer at Dramatic Results and all I can say is it really fun! The people over there loves the skills I have and brought to them. They were excited to see me when I first show up. One thing I love about Dramatic Results is that it have to do with are and art is my type of cup of tea. I get to use all the skills I have and to show to others and help others. The people that works there are very kind and generous towards their volunteers. It feels like a second home to me now.
I’m a volunteer at Dramatic Results. The few times I’ve volunteered it has been a great experienced. I enjoy help others and at the same time in gaining in learning new things. I think this program helps a lot with children. Also because not only are they working with school subjects but as well they are learning how to create fun things for their school work.
I am a volunteer at Dramatic Results, and I enjoy being part of this community and want to continue being part of it. I have experienced new things and gainined new creative skills with my volunteering. Moreover, I think that Dramatic Results is a wonderful arts program, in which helps many children with math, and with their creativity skills, and it also gives the child the opportunity of being engaged in activities that are fun but also beneficial for their learning. Dramatic Results, has wonderful staff members, they work hard and this program does the best to give children hands on experiences.
Dramatic Results continues to exceed expectations, creatively weaving math and art together to help students "get it!"
How many times have you asked (about math), ‘where would I ever use this?’ Dramatic Results keeps students engaged in fun learning while introducing what might otherwise be difficult mathematic concepts. Students are excited about learning and eager to succeed. This program is pure genius! A few of the takeaways include a new skill, a deeper understanding of math and how to apply what you’ve learned to every daily life. Dramatic Results is helping students achieve against the odds…with measurable results.
This will be my fourth year volunteering in the classrooms with Dramatic Results. This program is a wonderful addition to the everyday school curriculum. The children are delighted and excited to see us in their classrooms and "learning through art".
My husband and I also donate monetarily because I feel this program is also another/different teaching tool. If these children don't learn the basic concepts of Math and English in elementary school, they will not make it in high school!
Dramatic Results has been a great program to build creative confidence not only in my students but in my ability to teach and create art. We have had teaching artists who have been patient and wonderful with our students and teachers. The program is well written and easy to build into our second grade curriculum. I have learned art techniques and lessons that I can continue to teach throughout the years because of the accessibility and how each lesson fits so well into our year.
After seeing Dramatic Results in action in elementary schools in Long Beach, I gladly joined the board. D.R. provides sophisticated, unique opportunities for children and educators to be engaged in hands on art experiences that deepen their ability to think and act critically and creatively in any context while at the same time developing positive personal relationship skills. In my work as an educator in schools throughout the United States, I have never seen better. Dramatic Results deserves our support.
Dramatic Results is a wonderful arts intergrated program. As a volunteer, I have seen first hand its positive influence on students' learning in the classroom. I have learned so much from this excellent organization. It has given me an opportunity to explore my own creativity through the arts. I feel grateful to be part of an organization that has allowed me to showcase my work through photography, videography, and hands-on art making. Thank you Dramatic Results!
Dramatic Results is a modern way to teach children critical skills through practical and fun activities. The focus of the children is dramatically different when they are fully engaged and interested in the activities and the learning capacity and ability to retain the learnings is unparalleled. Congratulations to Christi and the team for creating this simply amazing organization with yes...dramatic results. :)
U.S. students rank poorly in proficiency on both domestic and international math exams, a problem that could cost the country $75 trillion over 80 years, according to a new study.
U.S. students fall behind 31 countries in math proficiency and behind 16 countries in reading proficiency, according to the report released Wednesday, titled "Globally Challenged: Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?"
I recently learnt and was shocked to hear about the math proficiency of our students compared to other countries. Refer to the article "http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/17/math-test-proficiency-naep-pisa_n_929498.html" which states:
"U.S. students rank poorly in proficiency on both domestic and international math exams, a problem that could cost the country $75 trillion over 80 years, according to a new study.
U.S. students fall behind 31 countries in math proficiency and behind 16 countries in reading proficiency, according to the report released Wednesday, titled "Globally Challenged: Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?""
And another evidence that the money we are spending is not getting us the results. "http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/test-scores-dont-budge-in-response-to-money/
No wonder we need the intiative, perseverance and courage of people like Christi Wilkins (Executive Director, Dramatic Results) to realize that there is a need for not acceptable but "dramatic results". Dramatic Results offers programs that clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of these programs in improving math skills for participating kids.
I have had the opportunity to personally work with the individuals at Dramatic Results and I have witnessed firsthand the passion, the preparation, and the strong desire to ensure that each individual in the organization is prepared and ready to make a difference in the lives of the children they encounter. Dramatic Results diligently works to ensure that every detail for their programs are perfect because they have a keen sense and understanding that what they do builds up and strengthens each child they help teach, and ultimately the community in which that child grows up in. Dramatic Results is an outstanding organization.
I had the pleasure of joining a 2nd grade class and observing Dramatic Results. What a great morning! The kids were thoroughly involved, very attentive, and excited to do their work. I was amazed at their language skills as they shared their work with their partners and participated in class discussions. Dramatic Results has truly presented the kids with an opportunity to love learning.
Dramatic results is an unbelievable organization. They've helped students to become confident in their math and writing skills through art. They have made a tremendous work in providing different teaching methods for students to develop comprehension skills and critical thinking skills but at the same time accomplishing these skills by teaching through art. I just find this organization to be amazing, they rock please keep doing what you guys do! Thank you for allowing me to be apart of it!
Dramatic Results is all about children improving. They help children grow academically, socially, creatively, and personally. They put forth an amazing program and their efforts get outstanding results. Their determined dedication has resulted in beautiful positive life-long benefits for children.
I've personally experienced the benefits of Dramatic Results in the testimonies of the teachers who have seen their students' improve in both math and communication skills because they had the chance to learn these subjects through the arts,thanks to this non-profit. Dramatic Results opens students' eyes and creative minds. I've heard their teachers describe their students' enthusiasm in being able to participate in Dramatic Results. These teachers have told stories of how students who had difficulties in learning before Dramatic Results afterwards love to learn. They explained that students who did not understand math and communication skills before, had "ahhah" moments while in Dramatic Results because they were "seeing " what they needed to learn through art. I've also personally listened to teachers in tears explaining the amazing results they saw in their students' boost in self esteem because they were fortunate to work with Dramatic Results. Dramatic Results is actually true to its name. The result in students is "Dramatically Wonderful"!
Chrisi Wilkins and Dramatic Results has had a huge impact in the schools where the program has been implemented. Every child should be able to have this experience experiencing art, learning -- and having fun in the process.
Their name saws it all. They have a rock solid evaluation component that has been in place for years. Kids do better in school after participating in this program. The Long Beach Unified School District even uses their limited dollars to provide this program to students that need more individualized attention and to have a hands on learning experience.
Dramatic Results takes a fundamentally crucial concept, that children learn by doing something they consider fun, and applies it with passion, professionalism and ingenuity -- and the results are indeed dramatic.
I've spoken with teachers and others involved with the program, especially with Math in a Basket. I have been extremely impressed with their caring, attentive, and creative approach to education for children from less advantaged backgrounds, although this approach would work equally well for kids anywhere. It involves artistic understanding and creativity, language skills, self-knowledge, social awareness, a cooperative attitude, and increased self-esteem -- all in the learning of math skills that many of these kids otherwise have a very hard time grasping!
I believe Dramatic Results deserves every bit of support they can get, so their wonderful programs can continue, expand, and touch more and more children with a love of learning.
Dramatic Results is a terrific organization that has a huge impact. It brings into the classroom what is often missing---hands-on, creative experiences that link learning to doing and make a long lasting impact. Over time, the organization has developed well-honed curriculua for students and for teacher training. Experience pays off....and the students really learn. I have worked with a number of supplemental programs to improve student performance and Dramatic Results did better than all the rest.
The second grade students at Stevenson have had the opportunity to convey their thoughts verbally and visually with the Write-on Arts program with Dramatic Results. Write-on Arts combines visual arts with language arts content standards. Every week, students have new opportunities to explore their own creativity through painting, drawing, puppets, and a variety of artful expressions that compliment their writing. The Dramatic Results teachers/artists consult with our classroom teachers to determine a writing focus and utilize thinking maps during lessons. With the first year of implementation, our second grade students have looked at exploration and identity, played with elements, expressed mood, created imaginary creatures out of foil, wrote and performed original plays, made and used puppets to run for President, created art maps of their home and community, and finished with an art critique of their work. Students also study artwork by several artists, and learn about the seven elements of art (line, shape, form, color, value, texture, and space). They use the language of the discipline of visual art to describe the artwork they study and to reflect upon their own artwork and that of their classmates. It is truly a privilege for our students to participate and we are seeing a, “Dramatic Result”, at Stevenson. Our Trimester 2 English Language Arts scores improved in second grade by 9%.
The Dramatic Results family is made up of the most thoughtful professionals! The care they take to ensure their programs are delivering top notch, quality services is inspiring.
My experience with Dramatic Results has been amazing. The wonderful staff are dedicated to working with children and have done a great job of adapting their teaching styles to make sure their students understand all the material. Their hard work has made such a hug difference in the lives of all the children they have served.
This program has helped me grow so much as a person because it has showed me that giving that little extra attention to an individual child can better their self esteem as well as their overall performance. When I visited the classroom I was amazed by the wonderful, welcoming environment that the staff members have created. Many of the students I saw were amazed to learn new things about the world. They were allowed to interact with other students in order to conceptualize the topics they were being exposed to.
I can say the same about the program offices. The team is composed of great staff members who work hard to make sure the lessons are flawless. Their skills as a team help them organize creative projects that help students expand their knowledge about math and english. All staff members are open to suggestion and their main concern is to best serve their students. Such a team makes for a great program. I feel blessed to have been offered this experience where I can learn more about how to best help children exceed their potential. Thank you Dramatic Results! I am looking forward to learning more throughout the year.
Dramatic Results is a wonderful hands-on approach to learning! CA State Content Standards are infused into art and drama to provide a rich literacy based lesson for our 2nd graders.
I am thrilled on Dramatic Results' success. Christi Wilkins, the board and many others who lead this important work for teachers and students in Long Beach that was ahead of its time, but whose time has come, deserves a standing ovation!
As an early supporter, I wish you all continued success!
Who said teachers were wasting their professional development time basket weaving. They didn't know about Dramatic Results and its ability to show kids the meaning of fundamental math strategies as part of integrating arts in core curriculum, including English-language arts.
The category of 'previous funder' was not included in the choices for "Your Role", and that more accurately describes my role. As Vice President for the Long Beach Community Foundation, I give highest commendations to Dramatic Results, an organization to which we have awarded two grants in the past. Their work is outstanding in teaching children the fundamentals of math in ways that engage the students with hands-on activities, helping them to learn and retain what they are learning.
Our most recent grant was awarded through a multi-year transformational project known as the Connected Corridor. Dramatic Results received a grant to conduct "Math in a Basket" workshops for families at a local elementary school. Dramatic Results understands the importance of engaging parents and other family members in the learning process so teaching can continue in the home environment - a key factor in helping children excel in school.
Dramatic Results provides several effective programs to facilitate learning math - often a difficult subject for children. I observed the program in a 2nd grade classroom at Hudson Elementary and was impressed to see all the children engaged in the activity and demonstrating a good grasp of the concepts. Dramatic Results is professional, creative, and soundly based in the fundamentals of good teaching techniques. Our repeated funding of Dramatic Results is evidence of our confidence in the outstanding programs provided.
Dramatic Results, a non-profit art organization in Long Beach, is one of the few non- profits that continually seek to improve their curriculum by providing professional development to management, staff, and participating teachers. Art Education has drastically changed over the years since the California State Content Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts were adopted. Emphasis has moved away from the art product to the process of creating art. Students are taught vocabulary, techniques, art history and self - assessment. Dramatic Results embeds all the Strands of the Visual and Performing Content Standards into each unit they have developed for the various programs offered.
The staff includes an educational coordinator that is a credentialed art teacher with expertise in lesson design. They have developed integrated lessons based on the art standards plus those in, Math, Language Art, and Social Studies. A goal of Dramatic Results is to teach generalist teachers how to authentically start integrating the arts with other core subjects.
The organization works with school districts to tailor programs that fit the needs of the district, school, class, and student. The data gathered each year, from a strong outside evaluator, is used to guide and improve the curriculum, classroom management, supplies, and professional development.
It has been my pleasure to observe the teachers and students involved in different programs, provided by Dramatic Results. Everyone involved is growing artistically and personally! The best experience is to walk into a classroom where the students are participating in one of their programs. The students are on task, happy, and learning how to express themselves in a positive way.
As the art curriculum leader for LBUSD I have seen the wonderful impact that Dramatic Results has on students through arts learning for years. Dramatic Results stimulates students creativing through hands-on , art based, learning. Schools throughtout the district have shared that there is evidence connecting student learning in the arts to a wide spectrum of academic and social benefits.
I am especially excited about the new Write-On Arts program that combines visual and/or theatre arts with language arts to help students express themselves verbally and visually. Write-On Arts encourages students to keep journals to promote a life-long love of writing anfd the arts. What could be more important?
I thank Dramatic Results for it's commitment to LBUSD and our students.