Accountability requirements, your own high standards as an education professional, and even our nation's health demand strategies and actions based on sound research. When you turn to Agile Mind, you can be confident you are getting authoritative resources that are built through a rigorous participatory design and evaluation process and are based on research, practice, and empirical data.
All Agile Mind programs have been through intensive testing and
expert review. They are based on current research conducted in conjunction
with leaders at the Charles A. Dana Center and the Biological Sciences
Curriculum Study group (BSCS), with nationally respected experts
on assessment and coaching, and with other experts in mathematics
and science instruction and professional development.
Our Research Partners
The Agile Mind system is grounded in the Charles A. Dana Center's
years of research and experience nurturing high achievement
in mathematics and science. Our work builds on Dana Center studies
of high-performing, high-poverty schools and districts, including
schools with exemplary high-enrollment AP calculus programs for
traditionally underserved students. The products of the Center's
work, which include the Advanced Placement Program® Mathematics
Vertical Teams Toolkit and the Advanced Placement Capacity Assessment
Tool (both developed for the College Board), have set the standard
of excellence for supporting successful AP programs.
The Dana Center serves as lead author of the instructional content
in our middle school, high school, AP®, and Academic Youth Development
services in mathematics
Read more about Agile Mind's collaboration
with the Charles A. Dana Center.
The design of the Agile Mind AP® support system builds on the work
Uri Treisman, professor of mathematics and of public affairs
at The University of Texas at Austin and executive director of the
Charles A. Dana Center. In particular, it draws on his early research
at the University of California at Berkeley investigating the factors
that support minority student high achievement in calculus.
While the Dana Center is responsible for the focus on alignment
to state and national standards and for the development of rich
formative assessments, The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
group (BSCS) serves as lead author of the instructional content
in our high-school biology services. BSCS, nationally recognized
for its excellence in science education, is a nonprofit corporation
that endeavors to improve all students' understanding of science
and technology by developing exemplary curricular materials, supporting
their widespread and effective use, and providing professional development.
The BSCS Center for Research and Evaluation designs and conducts
studies that contribute to the knowledge base of curriculum reform
and provide evidence of the effectiveness of instructional materials,
science teaching, and professional development programs.
The Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative and the First
in Math Consortium, both centered around high performance expectations,
ongoing professional development, examining student work, and improved
math instruction, are major research-based initiatives that include
formative and summative performance assessment systems, pedagogical
content coaching, and leadership training and networks. David Foster,
the executive director of these programs, is coauthor of our middle
school mathematics services and an advisor to our work on formative
In addition, Agile Mind research and development benefit directly
from the support of:
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Brown Foundation
The California State University at Dominguez Hills Foundation
The Carnegie Corporation of New York
The Chicago Community Trust
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program of The Institute of Education Sciences of
the U.S. Department of Education
The James Irvine Foundation
The National Science Foundation
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program of the National Science Foundation
The Noyce Foundation
The Sid Richardson Foundation
The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
The Texas Education Agency
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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Our Research Base
All Agile Mind services are built upon research, practice, and
empirical data, including:
- Intensive research-based professional development institutes
developed by the Dana Center that have provided professional support
for more than 100,000 mathematics and science teachers and 20,000
administrators over the past decade.
- The Dana Center's work with more than 30,000 K-12 mathematics
and science teachers and more than 10,000 school administrators
in Texas and around the nation on improving their instructional
programs, and in particular on strengthening student achievement
in mathematics and science.
- Exhaustive study of the K-12 mathematics and science standards
for the states of California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York,
Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington, along with the national
standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (Principles
and Standards for School Mathematics) and the National Research
Council (the National Science Education Standards).
- Empirical data from more than 900,000 student users and more
than 15,000 educator users of our online services.
- Collaborative input and feedback on the Agile Mind instructional
design from more than 1,000 teachers of mathematics and science.
- The exceptional contributions of many expert researchers and
practitioners whose work has directly affected-or inspired-our
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Ongoing Research and Development
Agile Mind uses ongoing research to support continuous improvement
of our internet-delivered services. We work with our research partners
and with a community of scholars and educators nationwide to apply
qualitative and quantitative research to the systematic improvement
of the services' curriculum content, student support, and teacher
professional development. Our ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity
of schools to offer advanced mathematics and science courses to
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Evidence for Users
Our internet-delivered services enable teachers and students to
know very specifically how learning is progressing. The system provides
educators with aggregate data so that they can evaluate at a glance-in
real time-the performance of individual students and groups of students.
This feature takes the burden of mechanical work off the teacher.
It makes student performance-rather than the logistics of tracking
whether students have done their work-the central information a
teacher receives. Students, too, can take responsibility for the
success of their learning, because they receive detailed data about
their work in real time.
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