Small Business Innovation Research

Small Business Innovation Research

The NSF SBIR program provides funding to catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. Metiri Group has been the recipient of two different SBIR grants from the National Science Foundation including our Assessment Portal for 21st Century Learning and the Morphology project to transform middle school mathematics into pathways for entrepreneurship. If you are planning a SBIR NSF application feel free to reach out to our Principal Investigator Jody Britten to learn about how Metiri’s network of schools and educational organizations might help support your research goals.


Leveraging Metiri Group’s background in 21st Century learning and the learning sciences, our team is developing a collaborative, personalized professional learning environment that will lead individual teachers or teams through an initial needs assessment to formulate a personalized growth plan, guide them to research-based resources and strategies they can use tomorrow, match them with collaborative partners who share their interests and professional goals, guide them in redesigning units or lesson plans that support students’ development of the cognitive skills that underlie entrepreneurship, and ultimately help them implement teaching practices that support personalized instruction that develops students’ 21st Century skills. While other entrepreneurship programs focus on skills, tasks, or routines that entrepreneurs might typically participate in, our work is focused on making sure that all students have the opportunity to develop the key cognitive skills before participation in other programs to help all students be entrepreneur-ready. 

Assessment Portal for 21st Century Learning

AP21 offers a dynamic range of tools to engage teachers in thoughtful articulation of the assessment of 21st Century Skills as part of the overall evaluation of student progress with the Common Core Standards.


Professional Development

The AP21 professional development series is constructed to allow asynchronous professional development from the experts at Metiri. With over 50 years of combined professional development experience, the AP21 series provides content, activities, and assessments that are built from the core belief that teachers learn best when engaging in a Community of Practice with peers who share a context. The AP21 series is available for individual teachers, schools, teacher teams, districts, or states. There are three core outcomes to the AP21 series:

1. Foundational understanding of the research behind specific 21st Century Skills, such as Critical Thinking.

2. Understanding assessment in a 21st Century context, including developing rubrics that are reliable assessment tools.

3. Building opportunities for authentic learning, tied to the Common Core Standards and key 21st Century Skills.


Assessment Tools

AP21 leverages Metiri’s widely used rubrics for 21st Century Skills combined with rubrics that have been built out for the Common Core Standards. Already included in AP21’s growing list of assessment tools are rubrics for Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Statistics and Probability for 6th grade, and Statistics and Probability for 7th grade.

Also included in the assessment tool kit are tools to help AP21 users achieve and document inter-rater reliability within a scoring team. This tool kit provides sample student work and rubrics for scoring teams to use as they embark on the essential task of consensus when evaluating formative assessments within the new Common Core Standards.


Case Studies

A dynamic aspect to the AP21 suite of tools are the case studies. These dynamic cases build out video exemplars of units being taught, with unit plans, rubrics, sample student work, teacher reflections of teaching the unit, and actual classroom teacher blog posts about the process of preparing and teaching these model units that encompass the Common Core Standards and 21st Century Skills.


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