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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

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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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!

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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 ! (:

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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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dramatic Results continues to exceed expectations, creatively weaving math and art together to help students "get it!"

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.