Author: Elizabeth Harris

Breakthrough II campus

Oct 22, 2015 How Digitizing a Student Character Grading Rubric Changed A Magnet School

EduMetrics’ product iNOTED is a flexible platform that is helping schools collect information that helps their mission and curricular goals. The EduMetrics team works with each school to help determine which areas would help advance the goals of their school based on our available modules. However, at times there is something unique that a school wants to assess. In those cases, the research team at EduMetrics works with staff at the school to create an assessment to meet the school’s needs. Here is an example of what this looks like at one of our schools. One of our partnering schools, Breakthrough...

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Aug 28, 2015 The Enduring Impact of Trauma in Schools, How Social-Emotional Learning Could Help

In the last post Phil talked about social-emotional learning. In this blog post Liz will be sharing the impact of Hurricane Katrina in the work that she does at EduMetrics, and in particular the importance of social-emotional learning in schools. This time of year always brings up a lot of things for Liz, in particular, the stories her former students told her about Hurricane Katrina. These are her opinions and experiences. Liz is a research associate working on the Templeton Study. You can read more about the study here. Five years ago in the beginning of August I was in an...

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Mar 09, 2015 What I Learned At The Highlander Institute’s Blended Learning Conference

This weekend I attended The Highlander Institute’s 4th Annual Blended Learning Conference in Providence, Rhode Island at the University of Rhode Island Providence Feinstein Campus. The Highlander Institute uses research-based solutions to help improve opportunities for educators, students, and families. Their work includes blended learning, expanded learning time, and meeting the needs of diverse learners. The conference was designed to bring together, teachers, administrators, and experts in the field to discuss current trends and practices occurring to integrate technology into schools. Guest speakers included Rhode Island’s Commissioner of Education, Deborah Gist, First Gentleman, Andy Moffit, and keynote speaker author and former...

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Feb 10, 2015 Our Contribution To The Grit Debate: Better Data

"Grit; that certainly is a hot topic." Last week, I was talking to a colleague about the research I’m working on. As announced previously in our blog, we’re currently conducting a year-long study using experience sampling methods to assess student character. We’re looking at three overarching themes of character development: diligence/grit, compassion, and honesty. After explaining this to my colleague he simply responded with the statement above. This is usually how conversations go down when I talk about the study.  While most people can agree that compassion and honesty are key components of a student’s character development, controversy surrounds the topic of diligence...

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Dec 01, 2014 EduMetrics Awarded $250,000 from the John Templeton Foundation

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the John Templeton Foundation in response to their funding competition entitled, "New Assessments and Measures of Virtue." We are honored to gain recognition from such a renowned organization that has consistently funded innovative projects to answer life's Big Questions. EduMetrics has been selected from a pool of over 100 highly competitive proposals, nine of which were selected to receive funding. The $250,000 grant funds a 12-month longitudinal study of 500 middle school students at five schools throughout New England. The main approach will be to send a small...

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