Research & Evaluation

We partner with schools, districts, and other educational organizations to write grants, and conduct research and evaluation to power K-20 educational innovation. 

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NSF VisMO (Fostering Elementary School Students' Visuospatial Skills and Mathematical Competencies through an Origami-based Program)

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Project VisMO is a three-year fundamental research project that investigates the causal link between children’s visuospatial skills development and their longitudinal gains in mathematical competencies. This research effort brings together cognitive psychologists, learning scientists, mathematics education researchers, and origami artists to develop and evaluate an innovative origami-based program for elementary school children, with a focus on the English Language Learners (ELLs).

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NSF APPRENDE (Asset-based Practices in Engineering Design)

The Latinx (a gender-neutral term for Latinas/Latinos) population is a severely underrepresented group in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.As a result of this persistent underrepresentation, Latinx K-12 students lack role models with careers in these fields -- especially in engineering. The goals of this project are (1) to explore how and to what extent the integration of funds of knowledge with engineering design can facilitate Latinx students' interest in engineering, and (2) how to develop teachers' capacities for activating and acknowledging students' funds of knowledge. 


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NSF STEM WoW (Bridging the World of Work and Informal STEM Education)

STEMWoW is a two-year Exploratory Pathways project to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics interest among middle school students in a primarily Hispanic-serving area, as research suggests that promoting and maintaining interest can increase the likelihood of students considering a STEM career. This award is under the direction of Dr. Odesma Dalrymple, Dr. Yaoran Li, Dr. Perla Myers, Dr. Vitaliy Popov, and Dr. Joi Spencer.

Cajon Valley World of Work

In Fall 2017, the Cajon Valley Union School District launched the World of Work (WoW) Initiative which aims to connect in-school learning and the demands of the real-world and make explicit connections between students’ social and emotional learning (SEL), academic performance, and career development.  In this four year longitudinal study, we focus on the implementation of the initiative and how various stakeholders experience the WoW initiative, we measure the impacts of the district-wide WoW initiative through a mixed methods design and begin to identify the contextual factors that maximize these impacts, and we will track some students to examine the sustained effects of the WoW initiative.

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The Monarch School

We are honored to work with Monarch School, the first school in the U.S. to exclusively serve homeless children. Our research support includes collecting SEL pre and post-data on growth constructs, identifying key programmatic data that can be used as the formative assessment of program implementation and output, research data on the new California School Dashboard and alignment with school reporting efforts.