My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Green Works in Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA
I am highly impressed with the incredible experiential learning and achievement created through Green Works of Kansas City. I served as the formal evaluator of the program. This evaluation was a research study of participating Green Works students compared to their matched peers taking the same science course in their alternative high school in Kansas City, MO. While there were no statistically significant differences between the groups on the pre-test, the Green Works students made highly significant post-test gains, compared to the students in the control group, in science vocabulary and concepts based on Missouri State Standards. Examples of gains are listed below:
1. Acid rain: Droplets containing pollutants that are products of burning coal, other fuels and industry. 1% correct on post-test by control group; 70% correct on post-test by Green Works students completing the ECOS curriculum and hands-on experiences.
2. Ecosystem: Living things all interacting as a group and with the surroundings in which they live. .05 – less than 1% correct– control group students; 70% correct Green Works ECOS students.
3. Environment: The air, water, light and land and their conditions that affect the living things in their surroundings. .06 – less than 1% correct control group students; 60% correct - Green Works ECOS students.
4. Erosion: Eating away of a surface. .06 – less than 1% correct - control group students; 40% correct - Green Works ECOS students.
5. Humus: Decayed matter that provides nutrients for plants and makes soil able to retain water. .06 - less than 1% correct - control group students; 40% correct - Green Works ECOS students.
6. Hypoxia zone: An area of oxygen-depleted waters. .03 – less than 1% correct - control group students; 70% correct - Green Works ECOS students.
7. Natural resource: Materials from the earth like timber, fresh water, coal or oil that have economic value. 12% correct- control group students; 70% correct - Green Works ECOS students.
8. Organism: Individual forms of life and living things, such as plants, animals, bacteria, or fungus. 16% correct - control group students; 70% Green Works ECOS students.
9. Soil compaction: Land in which the air and water is squeezed out through pollution and development. .05 – less than 1% correct- control group students; 40% correct - Green Works ECOS students.
10. Watershed: The specific land area that drains water into a river system or other body of water. 12% correct - control group students; 70% correct - Green Works ECOS students.
11. Wetland: A lowland area, such as a marsh or swamp, filled with moisture and the natural habitat of wildlife. 8% correct - control group students; 50% correct - Green Works ECOS students.
12. Bio-retention area: Places with high water run-off that are built with sand, soil and native plants to reduce drainage .06 – less than 1% correct – control group students; 20% correct - Green Works ECOS students.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
1. Correlating the ECOS curriculum to Missouri State Standards and recommended national science standards. 2. Researching and comparing Green Works experiential learning systems and strategies (e.g., hands-on science, mentorships, internships and lessons) with evidence-based research and best practices in teaching and instruction. 3. Evaluating and assessing the learning outcomes and changed student behavior patterns and consequences of the Green Works ECOS program.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Expand the organization's capacity to reach more students and bring the curriculum, workforce development training and internships to more high schools.