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NTC Research Foundation (NTCRF) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing, measuring and publishing better ways to educate young people about important life skills utilizing a multiplatform approach that targets the 21st century learning skills: collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. NTCRF delivers engaging and measurable K-12 educational content through innovative educational techniques that integrate with more traditional communication tools (digital, print, video, classroom). Our approach aligns with the concept of social norms theory – that much of people’s behavior is based on what they perceive as normal or typical, and by presenting positive choices as the norm, behaviors can be changed for the better. NTCRF projects are local, regional and national research-based investigations into the process, art and evaluation of stimulating educational events that teach youth important and timely curricular subjects in schools with lasting impact.
NTCRF’s research projects are funded by corporate, non-profit and government agencies seeking to understand the power of live events and enrichment programming in schools as educational catalysts for behavior change. Our sponsors support the need for an innovative means of approaching subjects such as: renewable and wise energy use, health, character, safety, financial education and STEM-related topics. Research studies are designed and executed by leading academic, medical and industry practitioners with a long history of publishing studies in national and international journals. The National Theatre for Children (NTC) creates the in-school educational programs under investigation by NTCRF. Since 1978, NTC has been creating original programs, educating students on a national level.