Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Dance 4 Peace’s signature program is an evidence-based, progressive curriculum that uses dance as a vehicle for social and emotional learning. The activities empower students to express emotions; establish diverse dialogue; value differences; behave empathetically; understand and manage anger; and showcase conflict prevention and resolution techniques through creative movement. D4P ensures standards-based approaches at every level from pre-kindergarten through high school. Curricula are tailored to the cultures and languages of local sites, tackle specific issues facing each community, and engage parents, teachers, and the broader community ecosystem. Each semester of the curriculum consists of 10 distinct sessions, designed to be implemented once a week for one hour.
HubDanceXChange, a key curricular initiative, connects students worldwide through learning dances developed in diverse contexts. For example, youth based in the U.S. learn dances choreographed in Colombia, Germany and the Philippines, and vice versa. HubDanceXChange teaches students that finding common ground transcends countries and cultures. This program enables all Dance 4 Peace youth, even in the most isolated and lowest income areas, to become internationally engaged, and understand their role as civic leaders. Additionally, Dance 4 Peace has developed teacher training programs, and workshops for parents, educators, and other adults, including corporate trainings.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
MTW administers pre and post-test quantitative surveys, engages in qualitative monitoring and evaluation, monitors the degree to which the program is implemented as intended, and references academic studies. In 2012, aggregate data indicated a 48% decrease in violent responses to bullying. Survey questions to MTW students testing for appreciation of diversity showed a 15% increase in listening to others, 30% increase in liking group work, and 25% increase in likelihood to try new things. In one school in 2012, suspensions dropped from an average of 53 per semester to 12, after one semester of MTW programming. In one class in 2013, there was an 86% increase in ability to manage anger. In another, there was a 60% increase in ability to think independently when faced with social pressures. This impact is sustained and translates beyond the classroom into social and occupational situations.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
We are have expanded our professional development and facilitator support structure. Educators will learn how to facilitate programs in their own classrooms and integrate MTW behavior management strategies without having to rely on contractors. Through training facilitators in addition to providing direct services, online platform access, and customized programs, MTW will enable stakeholders to sustainably transform their environments, enabling MTW to reach more youth, adults, and community leaders, and amplify long-term impact nationally and internationally.