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All Geffen Playhouse Education & Community Engagement programs are evaluated by outside research firms or through in-house surveys. Evaluation reports and the analysis of surveys have not only helped us understand the impact of our programs, they have also supported their continuous improvement over the years. Below are examples of some recent findings.
Most students were highly satisfied with the theater component of GPLP and enjoyed live theater and sessions with teaching artists. Over 90% of students felt that participating in theater activities caused them to try to provide work of the highest quality in class, stay more focused in class, and collaborate better with classmates
Students were also positive about the literacy coaching they participated in as part of the
project. More than 90% of all students felt that writing coaching helped them improve their writing and school performance and develop skills that were applicable to other subjects. Student writing assessment scores increased significantly when comparing the average score at the beginning of the year, 1.70, with their average score at the end of the year, 2.20. Additionally, students’ average scores on their major writing assignments throughout the year increased significant from first to final drafts. (Vital Research)
Students credited the teaching artists with helping them enjoy the plays more and understand the story and the playwright’s message. Over 60% of the students better understood the playwright’s message and the story line thanks to the teaching artists. On the post-program survey, students reported that the teaching artist team helped them become more confident, learn to express themselves, work better with others, and learn more about theatre, acting and improvisation.
The most frequently identified area of growth was in writing skills and attitudes about writing. The progression of essays helped students mark their progress. One student noted that they had “improved with every essay” and another remarked that “I can write essays if I just keep on trying.” (Moxie Research)
From Student Surveys
From Teacher Surveys
The Veterans’ Writing and Performing Project has grown dramatically over the last four years and remains an impactful and dynamic experience for the veteran participants. The Geffen staff and the Project’s artistic director have developed a transformative experience for veterans. They have refined the process and built on its strengths to result in a model program for veterans.
Following the workshops, the participants reported the following about themselves, their skills, knowledge and future. Following the Project, they reported that they…