TransformEd partners with researchers and school systems to translate the latest research on MESH into actionable policies and practices that support student success. “MESH” refers to the intrapersonal and interpersonal Mindsets, Essential Skills, and Habits (MESH) that research has linked most clearly to student success in college, career, and life.
TransformEd’s work is grounded in compelling, longitudinal research on the importance of MESH competencies and informed by our on-the-ground experience as:
- The lead strategic advisor to the CORE Districts: six school districts (serving over one million students) that have chosen to integrate MESH competencies alongside academic outcomes in their federally-approved accountability and continuous improvement system; and
The facilitator of the Boston Charter Research Collaborative (BCRC): a collaboration between six high-performing charter management organizations and researchers at Harvard and MIT to develop and pilot innovative ways to assess and develop students’ cognitive and MESH skills.
Through our relationships with the foremost researchers, policymakers, and education system leaders, TransformEd is uniquely positioned to translate lessons learned from our on-the-ground research and practice work into systematic changes in practice and policy to help ensure that all students have opportunities to build the MESH skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Develop Proof Points
Translate MESH research into practice
Offer technical assistance to states and districts that want to prioritize MESH skills alongside academics
Share What We’re Learning
Develop and disseminate scalable tools to schools and districts
Share findings from MESH research and practice with educators at all levels
Build buy-in among education policymakers that MESH should be a priority alongside academics
Catalyze policies to support that shift
SEL POlicy Forum
Resources now available
On October 26th, MassINC, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, and Transforming Education co-hosted an education policy forum on supporting the social and emotional development of students. The forum reviewed new research from all three organizations that synthesizes the evidence on social-emotional learning and examines the state of the practice in public schools today. You can now view and download TransformEd's slides to the left. Stay tuned for more resources.
Resources for Educators
Our professional development toolkits include student interviews, videos, and handouts that introduce each competency, share research on why it matters, and provide practical classroom strategies teachers can implement immediately.
Review Sample Classroom Strategies for Social Emotional Learning and School Culture & Climate, and overviews of several MESH competencies including: