MDD partners with NYC elementary schools to provide a transformative educational program. MDD’s commitment to measurable student outcomes has resulted in the following studies and findings.

Johns Hopkins University

Roisin P. Corcoran, PhD’s 2018 peer-reviewed study found that MDD’s Partnerships in Literacy Program is “evidence-based.” Students’ 4th grade NYS Reading Assessment English Language Arts (ELA) scores rose a “statically significant” amount after they completed MDD’s 16-week dance and literacy program.

Click here to download a PDF of An Embodied Cognition Approach to Enhancing Reading Achievement in New York City Public Schools: Promising Evidence.

William T. Grant Foundation

William T. Grant Foundation supports MDD’s Professional Learning Program’s Trauma-Informed Teaching Series. MDD will evaluate the series’ impact on its students, faculty, and classroom teacher partners.

New York University

A 3-year NYU sociology study indicated improved math test scores, writing skills, and classroom behavior.

Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School’s Social Return on Investment (SROI) study: “For every $1.00 contributed to MDD there is a $2.11 benefit to society.”

Students’ Journal Writing

MDD has tracked its students’ journal writing for over 15 years. Its annual evaluations include exemplars of students’ writing, vocabulary, and social and emotional learning.

National Endowment for the Arts

Peer panels called MDD’s seven-year sequential PreK-5 education program “a national model.”