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Research & Publications

Promoting inquiry and best practices

Through the Center, educators have access to the latest research on what is best for girls. The best pedagogical tools also are available to support their academic and personal success.

Rosalind Wiseman

Internationally acclaimed author and speaker, Rosalind Wiseman, spoke at The Agnes Irwin School on Wednesday, January 11, as part of the Agnes Irwin’s Center for the Advancement of Girls- Radnor PTO/PTA partnership that strives to bring illuminating conversations to our combined communities.

Wiseman is the author of the New York Times’ bestsellers, Queen Bees & Wannabes, which was turned into the movie Mean Girls and Masterminds & Wingmen. She is also the author of The Guide (which is being developed into a movie), Queen Bees Moms & King Pin Dads, and the young adult novel, Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials. In the fall of 2016, she re-launched the Owning Up Curriculum, a social emotional learning curriculum that she wrote in collaboration with middle and high school students and the Association of Middle Level Educators.

Ms. Wiseman’s talk to parents was very well received. She provided insights into the experiences of today’s youth and gave practical advice for parents on how to help our children build “cultures of dignity.” On Thursday, Ms. Wiseman spoke to girls in grades 6, 7, and 8. Feedback from student surveys revealed how well-received her message was:

  • “LOVE HER!!!!!  I wish she had more time to speak with us”

  • “…she gets me…”

  • “…I would love to see more presentations like this!”

  • “She was spot on with everything that has been going on in my life.  I almost felt as if she knew everything that has been happening to me and my friends."

Ms. Wiseman has generously shared the slides of her parent presentation with us. Please find them 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 symposium, Sharing Solutions: Building a Better Pipeline, in March 2016.

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 understand how to promote our students' academic success and ensure our students achieve 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.

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.

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

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

Participatory Action Research Project

In order to foster the culture of inquiry in our school community, C.A.G. has reached out to Dr. Darlyne Bailey, Dean of the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and C.A.G. 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.

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