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The Proof

20th CENTURY TEACHING HAS LEFT OUR CHILDREN IN CRISIS:

Without the Basics…

Attendance
Estimated 4-year high school dropout rate in Los Angeles: 51%

Behavior
Chance of 6th grader with “poor”citizenship graduating high school: 24%

Content
California 4th graders reading at a level below “proficient”: 77% 


Without Core Values & Character…

Focus
Average attention span of an American 12-year-old: 8.2 seconds

Empathy
Decline in empathic concern among college students since 1982: 41%

Self-efficacy
Fastest rate of increase in depression among Americans: ages 9–17 


Without 21st Century Skills…

Critical thinking
Entry-level employees with inadequate critical thinking skills: 75%

Teamwork
Employers who cite deficiency in teamwork among high school graduates: 70.3%

Creativity
Grades where U.S. creativity test scores are in steepest decline: K–6th

AN INTERVENTION IS DESPERATELY NEEDED…

“If you want to address the drop-out issue in high school — we need to have appropriate interventions in place when students are in 4th, 5th and 6th grades.”*
—Jack O’Connell, former California Superintendent of Public Education

* Over 75% of SPIRIT SERIES students participate in grades 4, 5 and 6.

“WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON THE WRONG SKILLS AND ABILITIES IN OUR CHILDREN, AND WE HAVE 
BEEN USING THE WRONG STRATEGIES TO HELP NURTURE AND TEACH THOSE SKILLS.”

— Paul Tough, “How Children Succeed”

SPIRIT SERIES WORKS:

Teaching the Basics…

Attendance
Decreases In absenteeism during SPIRIT SERIES residency: 26%–38%

Behavior
Students dropped from SPIRIT SERIES for disciplinary cause: 0.3%

Content
Increases in reading comprehension after SPIRIT SERIES residency: 13.8%

Teaching Core Values & Character…

Focus
Partner-teachers reporting that SPIRIT SERIES elevates focus: 87%

Empathy
Only arts discipline correlated to increases in student empathy: drama

Self-efficacy
Increase in college aspirations after arts-related curricula: 9.4%


Teaching 21st Century Skills…

Critical thinking
Meta-studies linking drama to increased cognitive outcomes: 80

Teamwork
Partner-teachers reporting improved teamwork after SPIRIT SERIES: 94%

Creativity
Only arts education proven to increase student creativity: drama & dance

“SPIRIT SERIES IS AN EXTREMELY WELL-DESIGNED PROGRAM, WITH EXQUISITE RESOURCES AND A VERY WELL-CONSIDERED PHILOSOPHY THAT MAKES IT A UNIQUE AND VALUABLE OFFERING FOR SCHOOLS, PROMOTING POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR STUDENTS IN ALL OF ITS GOAL AREAS.”

— 2011 Evaluation, Harvard Graduate School of Education

THE RIGHT THING. IN THE RIGHT WAY. AT THE RIGHT TIME.

When budgetary constraints are not a factor, 98% of partner schools renew the Series each year.

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“The residency was intense, and showed our teachers just how much our students are able to achieve when they are pushed to do so. It was a truly transformative experience!”

— Cheryl Merz, Principal, Bruce School, Lawrence MA