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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 18, 2015 Character In Schools Part I: What Exactly Is “Character?”

This is a first in a series of three posts about student character in schools. In previous posts, we’ve described why we should measure character and how we are measuring character. This post will provide the definition of character as we see it here at EduMetrics. In future posts, we’ll be diving into what character traits are essential to measure in schools and expand upon our previous posts about how to most accurately measure these traits. To paraphrase a saying I heard a professor once say, you can’t improve what you can’t measure, and you can’t measure what you can’t precisely...

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Jan 29, 2015 To Legitimize Character Education Programs, We Must Measure Student Character Better

A major obstacle standing in the way of comprehensive character education is that current measures of program effectiveness lack scientific accuracy. This makes it difficult to evaluate whether specific curricula are actually improving kids’ capacities. It’s also really hard for school leaders interested in implementing character education programs to compare commercially available options because each program uses different methods to measure effectiveness. But the experience sampling approach to data collection, pushing a few questions a day to devices carried around by students and teachers, could blow the door open on this field and change how we approach making sure these character education programs...

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