How do we evaluate our programs?
Notes in Motion assesses programs through a 360-degree approach including letters to parents requesting feedback, surveys for teachers, interviews with students, skill tests, journal writing, word walls, video and photo documentation, drawings, games, peer feedback, comment cards, and interactive culminating events that include the entire school community. Artistic/Executive Director, Amanda Selwyn and Education Program Manager, Annalisa Ledson observe teaching artists in the classroom regularly and discuss their progress. Teaching Artists also complete a journal log for each class visit in order to document the work of the students, the success of the curriculum, challenges encountered along the way, and any spontaneous changes or decisions made while teaching. Notes in Motion works with outside evaluators who tabulate and analyze this quantitative and qualitative data and offer recommendations for curriculum, logistics, budget, program schedule, staffing, assessment tools, and communication methods.