Transforming Education (TransformEd) supports educators and education systems in equipping students with the mindsets, skills, and habits they need to succeed in college, career, and life. Our founding network includes experts in education, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and policy. We seek to create change across the K-12 education system through three related strategies:
DEVELOP PROOF POINTS
Our current collaboratories in California and Massachusetts provide us with opportunities to develop proof points by fostering translational learning in the context of vastly different education systems. In each of our collaboratories, we have partnered with education systems that are committed to taking action now to improve student outcomes.
SHARE WHAT WE’RE LEARNING
In addition to working deeply with our collaboratory partners, we have committed to share what we’re learning in order to help all education systems act on what is known today about MESH assessment and development. To do this, we translate advances from our on-the-ground work with into scalable tools and resources that can help every school system. We also share information about the latest advances in research and practice from other leaders in the MESH space to amplify key learnings and create a coherent national dialogue about MESH.
INFORM EDUCATION POLICY
As proof points begin to emerge, we aim to build buy-in amongst education leaders that MESH is a critical ingredient in students’ success. As that buy-in grows, we will also begin to propose and catalyze the adoption of specific policies that build awareness, provide funding, and improve the quality of MESH education nationwide.
TRANSFORMING EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA
TransformEd is the advisor on social-emotional learning to the CORE Districts, a group of school districts that serves more than one million students in 1,500 schools across California. The CORE districts are developing a unique, holistic approach to measuring school performance as a balanced function of students’ academic outcomes, students’ social-emotional competencies, and school climate and culture. Participating districts include Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Sanger, and Santa Ana.
Through consultation with the TransformEd team and leading researchers on our Advisory Board, these districts have chosen to concentrate initially on four social-emotional competencies: growth mindset, self-management, self-efficacy, and social awareness. Together we are refining measures of students’ social-emotional skills and implementing them at scale to help schools foster student growth in these competencies. We are also working to engage educators and parents in this effort. The ultimate goal is to empower schools to adopt scalable, evidence-based approaches that develop students’ social-emotional competencies effectively.
BOSTON CHARTER RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE
The Boston Charter Research Collaborative (BCRC) is a multi-year partnership between six Boston-area charter schools or charter management organizations (Boston Collegiate Charter School, Brooke Charter Schools, Excel Academy Charter Schools, KIPP Massachusetts, Match Education, Roxbury Preparatory Charter School), Harvard and MIT, and Transforming Education. Together, we focus on research and practice that targets growth in both cognitive skills and the mindsets, skills, and habits that contribute to student success in school, college, career, and life (i.e. MESH skills). This partnership represents a new and exciting collaboration between educators, researchers, and students to promote growth and success for all students.