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Proven Results

For more than two decades, educators have been giving Project Wisdom high marks! This program has withstood the test of time and continues to benefit schools across the nation.
Third-Party Evaluations

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"The best investment I made in the first year as principal for the benefit of the entire population!"

Melinda, High School Principal - Louisiana

Key Findings 2013 Third-Party Evaluation

More than 1,000 educators from 48 states responded to our 2013 online survey. Below are some of the results, along with a small sample of the overwhelmingly positive comments.
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Results show that Project Wisdom:
  • 94% indicate program affects the school climate in a positive way.
    Project Wisdom makes all the difference in the world to establishing a positive climate at your school. I have been using it for 7 years.
    - Frank, High School Principal, CA
    • I have brought this program to all four schools where I have worked. It is a great way to start off the day.
      - C., Elementary School Principal, NY
  • 80% indicate program helps decrease teasing and/or bullying.
    Bullying is down. The students seem to be more accepting of one another's unique traits. They do not seem to be teasing and picking on one another as much. I am not having as much gossipy conversation.
    - Jill, High School Teacher, TN
  • 71% indicate program helps decrease discipline referrals.
    It has helped decrease our out-of-school suspensions.
    - Betsaida, Middle School Assistant Principal, PA
  • 89% indicate program has positive impact on teacher morale.
    Teachers are constantly telling me how much they enjoy the messages.
    - Bonnie, Elementary Counselor, TX
  • 86% indicate daily messages stimulate student conversation about character issues.
    The messages open topics of conversations at each grade level for teachers to explore, and when I see students in my office, I use the same vocabulary.
    - Denise, Elementary Principal, CA
  • 86% indicate program increases students’ self-awareness
    88% social awareness
    85% self-management
    86% relationship skills
    86% responsible decision making
    Project Wisdom speaks to students on a level they can understand about concepts that are difficult for even adults to embrace. Overall, by helping children develop a sense of empathy and compassion for others, they are able to learn the value in being a part of a community.
    - Christy, Elementary Assistant Principal, MS

    • We have experienced a rise in kindness lately!
      - Susan, Middle School Principal, CA
Data analysis and reporting conducted by Dr. Beth Manke, professor in the Department of Human Development at California State University, Long Beach.
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Key Findings 2004 Third-Party Evaluation

More than 900 educators responded to our 2004 online survey. Below are some of the results, along with a small sample of the overwhelmingly positive comments.

  • 95% indicate program affects the school climate in a positive way.
    We wanted to use the morning announcements from Project Wisdom to promote a positive school climate. The serendipity for us was that it not only met our goals but also cut our discipline referrals in half the first year that we used it.
    - Mamie, Elementary Principal, CO
  • 78% indicate program helps decrease teasing and/or bullying.
    Our administration and staff have witnessed a drastic reduction in bullying and other anti-social behaviors among our students. We have seen students become more helpful and kind to one another and our staff.
    - Elizabeth, Junior High Principal, LA

    • Student suspensions have been reduced considerably as have referrals for bully type incidents.
      - Dr. Linda, Elementary Principal, PA
  • 67% indicate program helps decrease discipline referrals.
    About 50% lower numbers of referrals this year compared to last year.
    - Rose Marie, Elementary Counselor, MD
  • 92% indicate program has positive impact on teacher morale.
    Teachers particularly, and parents who are here in the morning to hear announcements comment positively on the way it starts their day, and the need to have something positive to think about.
    - Donna, Elementary Principal, VA
  • 88% indicate daily messages stimulate student conversation about character issues.
    Students often relay their experiences regarding the daily message to me in the cafeteria.
    - Brad, High School Principal, IL
  • 86% indicate program increases students’ self-awareness
    89% social awareness
    86% self-management
    87% relationship skills
    86% responsible decision making
    Getting students to be ready to take responsibility for the consequences of their choices and actions is a huge part of middle school. Project Wisdom provides a consistent message that each individual's life and the entire community is better served when individuals make thoughtful decisions.
    - David, Middle School Principal, WA

Data analysis and reporting conducted by Dr. Beth Manke, Professor in the Human Development Department at California State University, Long Beach.
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Discipline Referrals

We believe qualitative data helps illustrate and complement the quantitative findings obtained from our Web-based surveys.
Discipline Referral Data


Scientifically Research Based

This form was created to help schools document that Project Wisdom is scientifically research based and aligns with No Child Left Behind.
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More Third-Party Evaluations

2008 Program Evaluation - Project Wisdom Educator Resource Site (ERS)
Key Findings:
  • 96% of all principals indicate they would recommend this site.
  • 99% indicate they enjoy receiving the weekly morale boosters.
  • 92% indicate they enjoy reading the Teacher's Story.
  • 91% indicate they enjoy the special-topic ERS broadcast messages.
  • 97% indicate an overall satisfaction with this online service.
  • Materials offered on the ERS are being used in advisory, homeroom, and character education classes; in the discipline process; during counseling sessions and other academic classes.

Data analysis and reporting conducted by Dr. Beth Manke, Professor in the Human Development Department at California State University, Long Beach.
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2003 Program Evaluation
Key Findings:
  • Reduces incidents of disruptive behavior, such as bullying and teasing.
  • Helps develop a more positive school climate.
  • Reduces discipline referrals.
  • Creates perceived benefits that are immediate (no sleeper effects).
  • Produces benefits that do not dissipate with time.

Data analysis and reporting conducted by Dr. Beth Manke, Professor in the Human Development Department at California State University, Long Beach, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston.
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Other Survey Results

2010 Online Survey - Project Wisdom Educator Resource Site (ERS)

An online survey was conducted in 2010. This survey was sent to all registered users of the Project Wisdom Educator Resource Site and over 1,500 educators responded. The objective of this survey was to help the content development team, customer service department, and Web development team better serve client schools. It was not evaluated by a third party and used solely for internal purposes, but the results are noteworthy.

Key Findings:
  • 96% of all principals indicate they would recommend this site.
    I used Words of Wisdom at my previous school location, and in both places, it caught the focus of students and helped them reflect on the choices they made. The program is also popular with the staff (and parents).
    - Dawn, Principal, Washington, DC
  • 99% indicate they enjoy receiving the weekly morale boosters.
    Love the "Just for You" [weekly email to educators]. It is like a little gift in my mailbox. Every time I read it, I receive a morale boost and am reminded why I do what I do.
    - Amy, Teacher, MI
  • 92% indicate an overall satisfaction with the Teacher's Story.
    Thanks for "making it real." I like hearing how real people respond and react - rather than theories about how one could or should.
    - Cheryl, Teacher, NC
  • 92% indicate an overall satisfaction with the special-topic ERS broadcast messages.
    The topics/focus are very relevant and thought-provoking.
    - Kate, School Social Worker, NY
  • Materials offered on the ERS are being used in advisory, homeroom, and character education classes; in the discipline process; during counseling sessions and other academic classes.

2007 Online Survey - Project Wisdom Educator Resource Site (ERS)

An online survey was conducted in 2007. This survey was sent to all registered users of the Project Wisdom Educator Resource Site and over 1,100 educators responded. The objective of this survey was to help the content development team, customer service department, and Web development team better serve client schools. It was not evaluated by a third party and used solely for internal purposes, but the results are noteworthy.

Key Findings:
  • 92% indicate an overall satisfaction with the Educator Resource Site (ERS).
    This is a valuable resource for our school. The staff and students love it.
    - Lynne, Counselor, NC
  • 93% indicate an overall satisfaction with the ERS broadcast messages.
    I appreciate the timeliness of the ERS broadcasts and materials. My teachers have commented on their use many times. We all appreciate the Just for You messages, especially during high stress periods of the school year.
    -Lea, Counselor, MS
  • 90% indicate an overall satisfaction with the Just For You weekly morale booster.
    The "Just For You" messages remind us to take care of ourselves. They are very uplifting.
    - Jill, Principal, NY
  • 83% indicate an overall satisfaction with the Teacher's Story.
    The information and stories you send are wonderful and always give me a lift that I can pass on to my students!
    - Janine, Teacher, NJ
  • Materials offered on the ERS are being used in advisory, homeroom, and character education classes; in the discipline process; during counseling sessions and other academic classes.

2002 Online Survey

An online survey was conducted in 2002. Over 400 educators responded. The objective of this survey was to help the content development team, customer service department, and Web development team better serve client schools. It was not evaluated by a third party and used solely for internal purposes, but the results are noteworthy.

Key Findings:
  • 98% indicate program affected the school climate in a positive way.
    Teachers report that students are getting along better.
    - Herschel, Principal, CA
  • 96% indicate messages encourage students to reflect on values being fostered.
    We hear frequent discussion in classes following the AM announcements. It also serves as a conversation starter between Admin, support staff and kids in the lunchroom.
    - Maureen, Learning Support Specialist, WA
  • 67% indicate program has helped decrease teasing and/or bullying.
    Middle School is the "Playground" for teasing but this program has reduced this problem.
    - Joan, Principal, WV
  • 61% indicate program has helped decrease discipline referrals.
    We have noticed a reduction of at least 40%.
    - David, Principal, SC
  • 96% indicate that staff and parents are satisfied with the values presented.
    Parents and staff really like the "Words of Wisdom".
    - Sandi, Principal, OR

2000 and 2001 Surveys

A separate response card was completed and returned from schools using our character education materials for a minimum of one full school year. These schools had completed Series 1 and gone on to Series 2 and/or Series 3. The numbers below represent aggregate data from both surveys.

Would you recommend our program to other educators?
98% said yes

Do you consider our program a good value for the cost?
97% said yes

Do you hear your students discussing or referring to the Project Wisdom messages?
84% said yes

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