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Promoting inquiry and best practices

Through the Center, educators have access to the latest research on girls' cognitive development and social-emotional growth. The best pedagogical tools also are available to support their academic and personal success. 

Parents have access to up-to-date resources for shepherding their daughters through childhood and adolescence.

The Influence of Peers on Adolescent Students’ Academic Engagement and Aspirations in Science and Mathematics

The Agnes Irwin School, along with nine other independent schools nationwide, has partnered with Dr. Nilanjana Dasgupta at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in a research study investigating what factors enhance student learning, interest and aspirations in science and math.

Dr. Dasgupta is a Professor of Psychology, and her research study is funded by a federal grant from the National Science Foundation. The primary goal of this study is to undersatnd what factors in classroom environments improve students' interest in science and math, promote positive attitudes towards these subjects, and motivate students to pursue science- an math-oriented interests in the future.

Collecting student opinions is essential to the study, and Dr. Dasgupta is seeking the participation of students in eighth grade willing to complete questionnaires and computerized tasks designed to participating eighth grader to complete a brief parental survey.

The study will help us undersatnd how to promote our students' academic success and ensure our students acheive their full potential now and in the future. For more detailed information please watch this short video from Dr. Dasgupta, the principal investigator.

This electronic consent form also provides a detailed explanation of the study and the tasks required of students who elect to participate. Pleae read the form carefully. As you will see, participation in this study is an opportunity for our students to offer important insights into how their interests develop and change over time, as well as what factors improve their learning in the classroom.

There are no risks associated with participation; students who participate will spend one (1) hour during school on two occasions during the academic year to complete study protocols. 

Living Leadership in the Lower School

Published as an online feature in the Winter 2016 edition of Independent School Magazine.

This article details the Participatory Action Research Project wherein the Leadership Toolkit was created and implemented into our Lower School classrooms.

Goldie Blox in the 2nd and 3rd Grade: Final Report

Published in the August 22, 2015 edition of NCGS: Coalition Connection.

Sharing Solutions 2015 Advancing Girls in STEM

Published on November 17, 2015.

This white paper captures the work done during the first STEM think tank and symposium, Sharing Solutions: Advancing Girls in STEM, in March 2015.

Participatory Action Research Project

In order to foster the culture of inquiry in our school community, CAG has reached out to Dr. Darlyne Bailey, Dean of the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and CAG Advisory Board member, to work with members of our faculty in a Participatory Action Research (PAR) initiative. During the 2012-2013 school year, the School, with the help of Dr. Bailey and her research team, undertook two projects – one of which will directly impact student experiences at Agnes Irwin: the creation of a leadership development program for our Lower School girls. 

Molly Clarke '15 was selected to produce a video capturing the experience of the PAR project. Interviews with the members of the program development team give life to the "faith walk" the group undertook in an effort to create a tangible representation of leadership development in young girls. This program has been fully integrated into the Lower School. To view the video click here.

Sharing Solutions 2016 Building a Better Pipeline

Published on October 11, 2016.

This white paper captures the work done during the second STEM think tank and syposium, Sharing Solutions: Building a Better Pipeline, in March 2016.

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