Research

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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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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Jan 21, 2015 How “Experience Sampling” Could Revolutionize Teacher Grade Reports

Think of a typical progress or grade report a teacher writes each quarter. Most of them require a teacher to fill out a rubric or checklist to indicate progress on a variety of behaviors, like active listening, respecting others and staying on task. But what are teachers actually basing these ratings off of after several weeks of school have passed? If we're honest with ourselves (and I spent eight years as a middle and high school history teacher, so I'm included here!), we'd admit that most of us  base them off of vague recollections of past behavior that was either exceptional...

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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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