Looking Ahead to 2019!

Happy New Year from TransformEd! 

Last year was a time of reflection and evolution for our team. We enter this new year with an updated strategic vision that focuses on the whole child, and acknowledges the interconnectedness of social-emotional mindsets, skills, and habits with the many other supports and experiences that students need to thrive.

Updated Mission Statement

Transforming Education partners with school systems to support educators in fostering the development of the whole child so that all students, particularly those from underserved populations, can thrive.

Our new mission statement aims to better capture 1) the interconnectedness of social-emotional mindsets, skills, and habits with the many other supports and experiences that students need to thrive; 2) the importance of strengthening adults' and education systems' capacity to foster whole-child development; and 3) our commitment to working with schools and systems to more effectively support students from underserved populations.

What We Do

Through this reflection process, we have formalized how we work with schools and school systems:

  • Prioritize: TransformEd engages with educators to identify the priorities and assets of their community, set a strategy for supporting the whole child, and recommend corresponding measurement tools that are appropriate for their context.
  • Integrate: TransformEd partners with educators to turn data into action plans, facilitate impactful professional development, and curate evidence-based resources related to whole child development.
  • Continuously Improve: TransformEd empowers educators to learn from and with their colleagues, engage in continuous improvement, and build the systems and structures needed to sustain their commitment to whole child development.

Learning Agenda

Through this work, we further refined our learning agenda. As we partner with educators across the country, we draw from research, best practice, and the input of diverse stakeholders; then we apply and share what we’re learning around three key questions:

  1. How can the practices, systems, structures, and environment of a school foster students’ social-emotional development?
  2. How can researchers and practitioners learn from one another in order to accelerate improvements in student outcomes?
  3. What are the most effective ways to prompt a paradigm shift towards schools developing the whole child?

Our Work in Action

Over the past six years, TransformEd has partnered with schools and districts serving over one million students in twenty US states to support practitioners in their efforts to identify, integrate, and sustain evidence-based and research-informed practices that create positive learning environments and support students’ social-emotional development. Highlights of this work in 2018 include:

  • Convening the Massachusetts-based Excellence Through Social-Emotional Learning (exSEL) Network with The Rennie Center. The exSEL Network is a learning community of 19 school districts that meet to gain critical insight on how to support students' social-emotional development through changes in policy and practice at the district, school, and classroom levels. This blog post showcases the launch of the 2018-2019 network. 
  • Partnering with WestEd along with RAND Corporation and CCSSO to co-lead the National Center to Improve Social-Emotional Learning and School Safety, which is focused on expanding the knowledge and capacity of educators and system leaders to integrate evidence-based SEL and school safety practices and programs with academic learning in order to promote success for every student in college, career, and beyond.
  • Working with NewSchools Venture Fund to offer schools the data, research, and coaching they need to expand their definition of school success. To learn more, check out this recent paper and blog post on our assessment work. Keep an eye out for a forthcoming paper in 2019 on promising practices from schools that are positive outliers in supporting students' social-emotional development.  
  • Launching the SEL Assessment Guide we co-created with several partner organizations. This curated catalogue offers guidance to districts on how to choose and use social-emotional competency assessments. It provides detailed information on 23 assessments that are currently being used in schools and gives concrete examples of how practitioners are using the resulting data to support students more effectively.
If you are interested in learning more about ways that you or your organization can work with TransformEd, please don't hesitate to contact us at
January 15, 2019: Report Release

The National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development will release its final report, "From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope" on January 15th from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST. RSVP for the livestream or check TransformEd's Twitter feed on January 15th for updates from our Executive Director, Sara Krachman!
January 16, 2019: Report Release

TransformEd will be releasing a final report on the results of a randomized controlled trial conducted within the Boston Charter Research Collaborative, investigating the effects of a mindfulness intervention on students' sustained attention and perceived levels of stress.
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