Boston Charter Research Collaborative

Students in Hallway

Project Status: Current
Focus Area: School Improvement & Redesign
Location: Boston, MA
Timeline: 2014–19
Principal Investigator: Martin West

This multi-year partnership between six Boston-area charter schools or charter management organizations (CMOs), CEPR, MIT, and TransformEd, focuses on research and practice to support students’ cognitive and social-emotional development. The project, which began during the 2014-2015 school year, to identify and test promising measures of students’ cognitive skills (such as processing speed, working memory, and fluid reasoning) and social-emotional competencies. Collaborative members have also worked together to test the effectiveness of school-based interventions that aim to improve students’ cognitive and social-emotional outcomes.

As we do our work, 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?
See also: Project

Education Agencies

Six Boston-area charter management organizations

Organizational Partner

Transforming Education

Research Partner

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)