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Leaders in 21st Century Digital Learning

The Metiri Group serves the education community through a broad range of products and consulting services that empower educators and education institutions to:
  • Advance effective teaching and learning through an understanding of best practice, current research, and emerging trends;
  • Use digital tools with associated measures in powerful and meaningful ways;
  • Foster essential 21st Century, non-cognitive skills in students, teachers, and administrators; and
  • Develop learning organizations that are prepared for and actively provide Digital Learning opportunities to all students.

We are a team of professionals with multiple layers of experience in education (teachers, administrators, state directors, technology coordinators, grant specialist, assessment coordinators, etc.). We are all passionate about digital learning and helping the vision that we first articulated in our enGauge document adapt and come to life in today’s schools and universities. We are a woman owned, small-business that partners strategically, works diligently, and is 100% focused on making sure that the work we engage in empowers effective digital learning.


We have worked with some of the greatest names and organizations in 21st Century skills and digital learning. Some of our most recent clients include:

Alliance for Excellent Education

Alberta Ministry of Education

Amplify Education

Apple Computer

Cisco

Edgemaker

Harvard University

Intel

ISTE

Illinois State Department of Education

Massachusetts State Department of Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michigan State Department of Education

Microsoft

National Commission for Teaching and America’s Future

New Jersey State Department of Education

New York Botanical Gardens

School2Home

Universal Design Implementation and Research Network

U.S. Department of Education





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Press Release on TRAx

Leaders in Digital Learning Offer New Evaluation and Assessment System for Digital Learning Initiatives for K-12 Schools

If you are engaging in any type of systematic digital learning initiative, you need to think carefully about data. If you haven’t yet been asked for data to support your answer to the question, “What progress are we making towards our vision of digital learning?” now is the time to act. Metiri Group has designed the comprehensive TRAx system to provide digital learning readiness and implementation data for schools.

​​Digital learning is on the radar of virtually every K-12 educator. Outside of school, 96% of nine- to seventeen-year-olds embrace a culture of social networking, online browsing, texting, GPS mapping, and interactive gaming. Inside schools, K-12 administrators are investing in digital devices, broadband, and training, but many are still not articulating student outcomes, collecting relevant data that can inform practice, or documenting changes over time. This is precisely why the Metiri Group, the author and developer of the Future Ready Framework and Dashboard for the White House and Alliance for Excellent Education, has unleashed a school-focused TRAx Digital Readiness dashboard. 

TRAx is a customizable tool that assesses the digital readiness and the implementation of digital learning initiatives in schools and districts. A unique feature of TRAx is the collection of data from six different stakeholder groups: students, parents, teachers, school administrators, educational technology specialists, and information technology coordinators. The aggregation and comparisons from this multiple stakeholder dataset insure the accuracy of the TRAx reports. Thus, school administrators can act with confidence to address any gaps that the TRAx data surface. Schools are able to identify and close gaps more quickly, thus accelerating results and increasing effectiveness.

With this release of TRAx Digital Learning, districts and schools finally have access to a quality measurement and evaluation tool designed specifically for digital learning. TRAx Digital Learning measures schools’ readiness and progress towards achieving 21st Century, digital learning. With data aligned to the district-level Future Ready Framework, TRAx adds the dimension of school-level data to inform progress towards a research-based vision of digital learning in classrooms and other learning environments. Using TRAx, districts and schools can finally answer the questions, “What progress are we making and how are we continually developing our practice with digital learning?” with detailed school-level data from students, parents/families, teachers, school administrators, and technology specialists.

“We are excited to be launching TRAx for districts and schools in the United States and abroad,” says Cheryl Lemke, Metiri Group’s CEO. “We have witnessed such incredibly smart uses of the TRAx data by schools and districts. School administrators can now use TRAx to identify and address any gaps that are preventing the effective and innovative uses of technology for learning in their schools. The reports are customized and automated, so administrators can document their progress over time with one click.”

CHERYL LEMKE

CEO, METIRI GROUP

“We have been especially impressed by the data that is coming out of our new TRAx Digital Learning tools,” says Dr. Jody Britten, Metiri Group’s Senior Associate. “For years we have seen our partners in K-12 education use incomplete or irrelevant data to inform their digital learning progress. As of today, these partners have the ability to track and strategically plan for digital learning policies and practices using informative data that shows the complete picture of digital learning.” Because the TRAx tool is fully automated, districts and schools can license it and begin collecting data about digital learning almost instantly. The interactive dashboard allows administrators to assign roles and responsibilities to staff within the system, and engage stakeholders in survey taking by simply typing a specific code into a district jump page.

TRAx Digital Learning provides districts and schools with reports that are generated immediately and offer individual reports for each component of the Metiri Group framework for digital learning. These reports include digital learning readiness scores and implementation ratings that can serve as benchmarks or longitudinal trend data over time. Administrators can produce a customized report for their individual schools and districts on the interactive dashboard at any time. The district summary provides a listing of all schools and their readiness and implementation ratings for digital learning in a succinct report. Contact Metiri Group for a demonstration of the TRAx tool and learn more about how our partners are using data to inform, improve, and document progress.

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Respected Leaders in Digital Learning Release Next Generation, Personalized Learning for Teachers

PRESS RELEASE – NOV 3, 2015 05:00 EST

Metiri Group today released Learning Revolution, a new personalized, online, professional learning platform for educators. While many educator professional learning opportunities are available, most use a one-size-fits-all model where all learners receive the same information in the same way over the same time period.

Metiri Group today released Learning Revolution, a new personalized, online, professional learning platform for educators. While many educator professional learning opportunities are available, most use a one-size-fits-all model where all learners receive the same information in the same way over the same time period. Based on the research on how people learn, Learning Revolution provides personalized, self-directed professional learning. By leveraging multimodal, digital materials, Learning Revolution provides any-pace learning tailored to an individual’s learning needs. Funded in part by a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Grant, Learning Revolution fills a gap in the professional learning market by providing educators the opportunity to self-select resources, materials, and presentation formats to suit their own needs.

“This work in entrepreneur-readiness is a natural progression from our work with 21st Century skills,” reflects Cheryl Lemke, Metiri Group’s CEO. “Metiri has a long history of providing relevant, timely information and resources for classroom use. After months of research and development, we are looking forward to collaborating with educators in the Learning Revolution platform and seeing more teachers use these materials with students.”

“Learning Revolution is a step in the right direction. This platform provides a strong example of personalized professional learning for educators. Our goal is not just to deliver content, but also to model best practice and give educators some experience in learning via personalization. Having the chance to see what personalization can do for engagement of teachers in the learning process is the first step in making personalization possible for our students.”

Cheryl Lemke

With a goal of helping all students be college, career, and
entrepreneur-ready, educators choose among a growing
library of Learning Revolution’s resources to learn about
selected, malleable, meta-skills of entrepreneurship.
Educators can explore instructional strategies and carefully
vetted resources to support development of these meta-
skills and entrepreneurial-readiness in their students. The
platform includes downloadable lesson ideas and activities that educators can use with students tomorrow—or even this afternoon if necessary!

“Learning Revolution is a step in the right direction. This platform provides a strong example of personalized professional learning for educators. Our goal is not just to deliver content, but also to model best practice and give educators some experience in learning via personalization. Having the chance to see what personalization can do for engagement of teachers in the learning process is the first step in making personalization possible for our students.”

Jody Britten

TNTP’s recent research report on professional development in the U.S. should be a call to action for the nation. The Mirage Research Report found that up to half of teachers struggle with engaging students in instruction and with teaching higher-order thinking skills. Despite substantial investments of time and money, very little professional development seemed to have an impact on classroom instruction. Metiri’s Learning Revolution addresses these issues with a personalized format that allows educators to select both how and what they learn so they can begin with the resources that will be most relevant to their current teaching context. The research-based instructional strategies are specifically focused on engaging students in learning activities and encouraging higher-level thinking. The digital resources provide classroom-based examples and classroom appropriate activities which will allow educators to immediately apply what they learn, thus initiating instructional change from the very beginning. Jody Britten, Senior Associate at Metiri, stated, “Our research and input from educators has clearly shown trends in what educators want in professional learning. They are seeking personalization and quality materials that have a sound research base. We listened to educators around the world, and brought to market a tool that will exceed their expectations.” The web-based platform can be used by individuals and small groups of educators in professional learning communities, blended learning situations, or face-to-face. With the addition of wrap-around services provided by Metiri Group staff members, Learning Revolution is infinitely personalizable for any teacher, administrator, learning community, staff, or district.

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Metiri Group Selected as the Evaluator of Statewide STEM Professional Learning

PRESS RELEASE – MAR 24

Metiri Group, an evaluation and research firm that focuses on STEM, 21st Century skills, and digital learning has been selected as the external evaluator for a statewide professional learning grant that will support Idaho teachers in continuing to address STEM readiness for students in their K-12 classrooms.

Metiri Group has been selected as the evaluator from a statewide STEM professional learning project funded through the U.S. Department of Education Math and Science Partnership grant to the Idaho State Department of Education. In this role Metiri Group will help to document overall satisfaction as well as the impact of the professional development over the course of the five-year project. Using three of Metiri Group’s seasoned evaluation tools that measure impact and continuous improvement, the evaluation team will document and report how Idaho teachers, especially those in high-need districts, are developing their classrooms practice around STEM.

“The I-STEM model has shown some incredible development over the past five years. The team of committed and collaborative individuals have been a pleasure to work with and observe as they have taken this model to scale and grown their outreach by nearly 200% to schools across the state,” said Dr. Jody Britten, Senior Associate at Metiri Group, who has leaded the evaluation team the last five years. The I-STEM Summer Institute will bring Idaho educators to support STEM education in K-12 classrooms at six different colleges and universities across the state throughout the month of June. Over the past five years, Metiri Group served as the external evaluator for the previous Math and Science Partnership grant and has helped to inform the continuous improvement of the facilitators and project team. I-STEM is a true collaboration between the Idaho State Department of Education, educators, businesses, and industries and has demonstrated a statewide commitment to STEM education.

“The I-STEM model has shown some incredible development over the past five years. The team of committed and collaborative individuals have been a pleasure to work with and observe as they have taken this model to scale and grown their outreach by nearly 200% to schools across the state,” said Dr. Jody Britten, Senior Associate at Metiri Group, who has leaded the evaluation team the last five years.

JODY BRITTEN, SENIOR ASSOCIATE