My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for BIG FUN Education, Madison, CT, USA
I am an educator with classroom and administrative experience and have worked in both capacities in suburban and urban communities. During my time as a principal in an urban elementary school with a diverse school population, I began my relationship with Big Fun Productions. At that time, the company had created an online set of activities designed to help prep students for the state mastery tests. They were fun, aligned with the state standards of the time, were teacher friendly, and most importantly allowed students to work AT THEIR instructional level, thus allowing for true differentiation of instruction. The addition of the learning activities by BIG FUN was the one variable in instruction and test prep. Test results improved from one year to the next. By analyzing assessment data on a cohort of students over a course of 3 years there was no doubt in my mind of the value of these activities. The founders of BIG FUN have proven their creativity and commitment to student learning over the course of the 5 years I have been professionally acquainted with them. The plays they are now able to bring into the classroom are just the tool teachers need to emphasize 21st century learning and to tap into the learning style of each student with whom they teach daily. Every student who becomes involved with a play will reap an educational benefit.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
add a marketer to the staff who would be able to highly publicize how outstanding the learning opportunity through drama (BIG FUN plays) is for all students.
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