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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Education, Human Services

Mission: Dramatic Results facilitates student success by stimulating curiosity and fostering creativity through a hands-on, arts-based approach to learning that results in improved student critical thinking and problem solving.

Results: * Dramatic Results invests approximately 15 percent of the annual program budget to evaluation. * Independent Evaluation demonstrates Dramatic Results’ students outperform control students, LAUSD, L.A. County and the State of California on Content Standard Test math scores * Independent evaluators analyze both quantitative and qualitative program data each year * Teachers report dramatic improvements in classroom behavior and motivation to learn * Parents confirm significant improvement in their interactions with their children

Target demographics: Title I schools in Long Beach Unified School District that have 45-99% of the students come from low-income households.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,200 students

Geographic areas served: The greater Long Beach area

Programs: Dramatic Results currently has three programs available for Kindergarten through 6th grade, along with a Bridge Program that focuses on students with higher social-emotional needs, and an intensive Professional Development program for teachers. All programs are hands-on, art-based, and tailored to meet the needs of each individual school and classroom. Our current in-class programs are Math in a Basket for 4th grade (Math/Basketry/History), InCreasing Math for 5th and 6th grade (Math/Origami/Engineering) and STEAM K-3 (Science/Art/Engineering). All of Dramatic Result’s programs are Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) integrated, hands-on, and problem-based. They are taught in the classroom, in small groups, and enable students to apply common core concepts and vocabulary to real-life models by making hands-on, original art projects—all aligned to national and California state content standards in English, Math and Art, as well as Next Generation Science Standards.

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 ‼️

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!!!!!!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

1 Stephanie Grace M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 karen1182

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Previous Stories
2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 ! (:

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.