Teacher Training Evaluation: Participating teachers are asked to evaluate the teacher training workshop on-site at the conclusion of the session, using an evaluation instrument developed by Sangamon Auditorium project staff.
Class Acts Performance Evaluation: Teachers are asked to complete a brief evaluation covering the pre-show classroom visit, the Teacher Guide, and the live performance. In previous years this evaluation form was distributed to teachers when they arrived for the performance, but now it is distributed and collected by the Head Start Education Coordinator, and we have a response rate. Criteria for evaluation include the experience’s perceived contribution to school readiness as well as age appropriateness, anticipated student interest, and practicality.
Family Night Evaluation: Parents and caregivers are asked to evaluate the Family Night via a mail-back survey, with questions touching on the following criteria: interest and engagement of children in pre-show activities, their own and their children’s responses to the performance, and questions or responses children had following the event. The first year this survey was distributed to parents and caregivers when they checked in at the event they attended, the second year it was sent home from school the following week with students who attended.
2016-2017 Evaluation Report
Summary of 2016-2017 Teacher Training Evaluations:
Head Start teachers and staff participated in a professional development workshop on Friday, October 28, 2016, at the St. Cabrini Site. The workshop, titled “Sing Me A Story,” was led by Kennedy Center Partners in Education teaching artist Deborah Sunya Moore. Participants attended one of two sessions of the workshop held that day, learning about integrating music with reading.
We received survey responses from 26 teachers, 18 assistant teacher, and 22 other staff members. Respondents were asked to rate “The workshop overall,” “Relevance of the topic to your role as a Head Start teacher,” “Presentation style and format,” and “Hands-on demonstrations and activities.” For all four areas, approximately 80% rated them as “Excellent,” 14% as “Good,” and 5% as “Average.” No one ranked any areas as “Fair” or “Poor.”
Participants were also asked to provide comments about the content and presentation of the workshop; below is a sample of their feedback:
The day before the workshop, Deborah Sunya Moore went into classrooms at the Cook and South 11th Sites to do teaching demonstrations. This allowed teachers to see these new teaching methods in action. After completing the workshop, every classroom was given copies of two books used by Deborah Sunya Moore to assist teachers in their ability to begin using these techniques in the classrooms.
Summary of 2016-2017 Class Acts Evaluations:
For both performances attended by Head Start classes (Pete the Cat and Biscuit), we worked with the Head Start Education Coordinator to distribute and collect surveys after the performances. This year we received a total of 59 responses, nearly double what we received the year before.
The Teacher’s Guides for both performances were highly rated, and 59% of respondents reported that they used most or all of the material in the guides. On a scale of 1 being “not useful” and 10 being “very useful,” the combined ratings for both events averaged 7.80 on usefulness in preparing students for the performance and 7.56 on usefulness in helping teachers reach other classroom goals for their students.
The pre-show classroom visits continued to receive very positive responses from Head Start teachers. Survey respondents ranked visits at an average of 8.63 on a scale of 1 being “not useful” and 10 being “very useful.” For the pre-show visits before both performances, we tried to more deliberately incorporate interactive elements and make the pre-show visit itself an arts experience. This was especially effective with Pete the Cat, for which we were able to include rhythmic techniques taught in this year’s professional development workshop. Teachers commented on how much they appreciate being given a copy of the book for their classroom libraries.
When asked about the quality of the performances, both performances received similar ratings. Pete the Cat received an overall rating of 8.27 on a scale of 1 being “poor” and 10 being “excellent,” and Biscuit received a rating of 8.21. In written comments, teachers preferred the quality of the Pete the Cat production, but they wished it had been a more direct adaptation of the storybook. Regarding the logistics of attending the performances, teachers expressed an appreciation for the improved drop-off process, but they had new concerns about keeping their students all seated in the same row.
To conclude the survey, teachers were asked to complete an oral survey with their students. Following both Pete the Cat and Biscuit, teachers reported that their students were able to correctly recall many important elements of the play and that they enjoyed of the overall experience of attending a live performance.
Summary of 2016-2017 Family Night Evaluations:
The Family Night in fall 2016 included a meal, craft activities, and a performance of Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters offered at no-cost to all Head Start students, staff, and their families, including participants in the home-based program. We saw a record high attendance of 298 people at the Family Night, but we only received a very small number of survey responses.
Of the surveys we received, everyone had positive comments about the experience and the performance. Here are a few comments:
We will continue working with Head Start staff to strategize methods to increase the survey response rate.
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