About PERTS

PERTS, which stands for the Project for Education Research That Scales, is an applied research center at Stanford University. We work with leading experts on academic motivation to raise student achievement on a large scale. In the process, we conduct research that enables us to improve our programs and to expand what is known about academic motivation.

 

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Results & Impact
User Experiences
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How do PERTS programs work? 

To be successful, students must be motivated and resilient: They must choose to learn and to persist even when schoolwork is challenging.

Research shows that students' academic mindsets—their beliefs about learning and about school—affect their motivation and resilience. Students with adaptive academic mindsets think about school and about their own abilities in fundamentally different ways from disengaged students: They understand why school is important; they trust their teachers and peers; and they understand that they can grow their abilities by working hard and by trying new strategies when they get stuck. Students who don't understand these things don't try as hard and give up quickly.

PERTS interventions target students' academic mindsets. They work to help students think about school in more adaptive ways that help them stay more motivated and resilient. In doing so, they can improve their academic outcomes.

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Ongoing PERTS Projects 


Resources for Teachers
To advance our goal of bridging mindset science and education practices, PERTS is partnering with k12 educators to undertake a user-driven design process that will result in open, online resources for educators. To learn more about available resources, visit our Resources page.

Online Programs for Middle School and High School Students
These are brief, evidence-based, online programs designed to help students learn to think about school in more adaptive ways. We work with schools to make these programs available to their students in their school computer lab or as homework. See the programs page to learn more.

Online Programs for Community College Students
We are working with several community college networks to refine mindset programs for community college students. If these programs are successful, they will be made available after the evaluations are finished. Contact us if you would like your entire college system to participate in one of these program evaluations.

Reducing the Achievement Gap in College
The College Transition Collaborative is investigating how to use adaptive mindset interventions to reduce group-based achievement gaps in college. It is a partnership between researchers and administrators from multiple universities.

Increasing Motivation in Online Learning Environments
The Mindset Challenge is bringing together online learning platforms and behavioral scientists to motivate students learning online.



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Results & Impact 

PERTS programs draw on decades of scientific research on motivation to help students become more motivated and resilient. They are designed by top behavioral scientists at leading research institutions and evaluated using rigorous, randomized controlled studies. This executive summary highlights some recent results. For example,

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User Experiences 

The impact was so overwhelmingly positive that I have to admit that it brought tears to my eyes. I was just so thrilled for my community.

[When PERTS unveiled our college's results at a state-wide summit of faculty and administrators], all the arrows went in the right direction, and there were gasps of joy when they saw this.

They ask us questions to help us succeed in school. That was my favorite part about the program.

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Team 

Our interdisciplinary team includes behavioral scientists, software developers, analysts, and logistics coordinators.

Leadership

Dave Paunesku

Executive Director
PERTS
Stanford University

Carissa Romero

Director of Programs
PERTS
Stanford University

Greg Walton

Assistant Professor
Stanford University
Faculty Advisor

Carol Dweck

Professor
Stanford University
Faculty Advisor

Affiliated Faculty

David Yeager

Assistant Professor
Univ. Texas Austin

James Gross

Associate Professor
Stanford University

Jo Boaler

Professor
Stanford University

Geoff Cohen

Professor
Stanford University

Staff & Research Collaborators

Jacquie Beaubien

Senior Program Manager

Chris Macrander

Software Engineer

Sarah Gripshover

Program Manager

Rachel Herter

Program Assistant

Ben Haley

Software Engineer

Jason Okonofua

MS5 Program Lead

Daniel Greene

Program Associate

Eric Smith

Technical Associate

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Partner Schools 

PERTS partners with schools, colleges, online learning platforms, and researchers across the United States to improve student outcomes.


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Press Inquiries 

For press inquiries or to request a speaking engagement, please email us at contact@perts.net.


In the News

2015, February 9, EdSource
2014, August 19, edSurge
2014, August 18, Mindshift
2014, July 24, edSurge
2014, July 16, Mindshift
2014, June 18, Positive Psychology News
2014, May 22, Seattle Times
2014, May 15, New York Times
2014, April 6, Education Week
2013, November 20, Wall Street Journal
2013, May 22, Scientific American
2013, February 22, Stanford News
2013, February 20, edSurge News Brief
2012, December 19, edSurge News Brief

Speaking Engagements


Beaubien, J. (2015, January). Raising Student Achievement Using Adaptive
Paunesku, D., Beaubien, J. (2015, January). Academic Mindsets: Building
Romero, C. (2014, December). Growth Mindset: Moving From a Focus on
Romero, C. (2014, November). Mindsets and Mistakes in Mathematics:
Romero, C. (2014, October). Academic Mindsets: The Beliefs That Make
Romero, C. (2014, October). Academic Mindsets: The Beliefs That Make
Romero, C. (2014, September). Growth Mindset: Consequences and the
Romero, C. (2014, September). Growth Mindset: Consequences,
Romero, C. (2014, June). Growth Mindset Open Resources. Talk delivered
Beaubien, J. (2014, June) Raising Student Achievement By Promoting Adaptive
Romero, C. (2014, May). Growth and Fixed Mindsets: What They Are and
Romero, C. (2014, April). Guest Lecture on Intelligence. Talk delivered
Romero, C., Paunesku, D., Yeager, D., Dweck, C. S., & Walton, G. M.
Smith, E., Paunesku, D., & Romero, C. (2014, April). Mindsets Matter
Walton, G. M., Logel, C., Paunesku, D., Yeager, D., Romero, C., Akcinar, E.,
Farrington, C., Romero, C., Berger, R., & Briceno, E. (2014, March).
Romero, C. (2014, March). Raising Student Achievement by Promoting
Romero, C. (2013, November–2014, March). Panelist on the Deeper Learning
Paunesku, D. (2014, February). Changing Mindsets and Beliefs: Helping
Romero, C. (2014, February). Guest Lecture on Intelligence. Talked delivered
Romero, C. (2014, February). Mindsets: What They Are and How We Can
Romero, C., Master, A., Paunesku, D., Gross, J., & Dweck, C. S.
Smith, E., Romero, C., & Paunesku, D. (2014, February). Challenge May
Beaubien, J. (2014, January). Raising Student Achievement By Promoting
Romero, C. (2013, December). Psychological Barriers to Success: Beliefs That
Romero, C. (2013, November). Mindsets: The Power of Beliefs. Talk delivered
Romero, C. (2013, October). PERTS: Raising Achievement with Online
Romero, C. (2013, September). Keynote Address given at University of San
Romero, C. (2013, May). Choking Under Pressure: Beliefs that Hold Students
Paunesku, D., Romero, C., Dweck, C. S., & Walton, G. M. (2013, April). The
Paunesku, D., Romero, C., Dweck, C. S., & Walton, G. M. (2013, April). Mindset
Romero, C. (2013, April). Raising Student Achievement By Promoting A
Romero, C. & Beaubien, J. (2013, April). Raising Student Achievement By
Romero, C. & Beaubien, J. (2013, April). Raising Student Achievement By
Romero, C. (2012, November). Psychological Barriers to Success: Beliefs that
Paunesku, D. & Beaubien, J. (2012, October). The Importance of School
Beaubien, J. (2012, August). The Student Perspectives Program: Changing
Romero, C. (2012, June). Psychological Barriers to Success: Beliefs that
Romero, C. (2012, June). The Power of Brief Psychological Programs. Talk
Romero, C. (2012, May). Helping Students Across Difficult Transitions: An
Romero, C. (2012, April). The Student Perspectives Program: Helping
Romero, C. (2012, March). The Power of Beliefs About Change. Talk delivered
Romero, C. (2012, March). The Power of Brief Psychological Programs.
Romero, C. (2012, March). The Power of Brief Psychological Programs. Talk
Paunesku, D. & Dweck, C. S. (2012, January). Changing Beliefs about
Romero, C. (2011, November). Growth Mindset: Helping Students Reach Their
Romero, C. & Paunesku, D. (2011, October). Helping Students Across
Romero, C. (2011, July). The Power of Brief Psychological Programs.
Romero, C. (2011, Summer). Introduction to Social Psychology Lecturer. Talk
Paunesku, D., Romero, C., Walton, G. M, & Dweck, C. S. (2011, June). Raising
Romero, C., Master, A., Dweck, C. S., & Gross, J. (2011, June). Beliefs About
Romero, C. (2011, Spring). Lecture on Attachment. Lecture delivered at the
Romero, C., Master, A., Dweck, C. S., & Gross, J. (2011, May). Beliefs About
Romero, C. (2011, April). Mindsets: The Power of Beliefs. Talk delivered at
Romero, C., Paunesku, D., & Dweck, C. S. (2011, April). Brainology in the
Paunesku, D. (2011, January). Scaling up Psychological Interventions. Talk
Paunesku, D. (2010, December). Beliefs That Affect Achievement and Ways to
Romero, C. (2010, September, October). Mindsets of Intelligence.
Romero, C. (2010, Summer). Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Romero, C. (2010, July). Mindsets: The Power of Beliefs. Talk delivered at
Romero, C. (2009, November). Mindset: How to Welcome and Love
Romero, C. (2009, April). Theories of Intelligence and Theories of Emotion