The RAD Science team and its affiliates utilize evidence-centered design, state-of-the-art science, multidisciplinary practices, engaging content and interfaces, and modeling appropriate cognitive and noncognitive skills in our work to enhance self-awareness and grow global citizens.
RAD Science organizational offerings are described in detail in the passages that follow. But please do read beyond this; it so much more than words, sound bites, or shallow promises.
SUMMARY OF OFFERINGS
An ever-expanding empirically tagged bank of social and emotional learning (SEL) items, measures of important cross-cutting competencies (e.g., critical thinking, emotional intelligence), and even a small suite of cognitive assessments. Notably, these measures are both commercial and open-source. And where we have gathered validity evidence, the assessments are supported with brief technical bulletins.
Comprehensive SEL assessment batteries using multiple innovative methods feeding into the score for any measured construct. The expansive pool of RAD Science-owned items allows rapid customization to individual sectors, including prototype assessments for high-school and college students, correctional education and re-entry programs, individuals entering the workforce, teachers, and the capacity to modify those for a chosen profession.
Score-reports for the individual, institution, and other key stake-holders (for example, in education, for parents, teachers, and administrators).
Intervention tools aligned with feedback, providing tips, strategies, and exercises, and pointing to role models from history, the entertainment world, arts and the sciences.
Research and Development
Basic and applied research, particularly in the areas of social and emotional learning, workforce readiness, and cross-cutting skills.
Consultancy services via RAD Science staff, each of whom has an expansive track record of conducting both basic and applied scientific and policy research for major organizations while in prior roles. A selection of these include, Army Research Institute, Australian Research Council, Agencia de Calidad de la Educación, Bloomberg, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Coalition of Adult Basic Education, Correctional Education Association, Educational Testing Service, High Quality Assessment Project, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Raikes Foundation, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Pearson, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Smarter Balanced, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Phoenix, and WK Kellogg.
Organization of topical convenings at the local, national, and international levels. RAD Science staff has extensive experience in organizing national and global conferences for a variety of constituencies.
RAD Science staff has experience in developing or co-developing multijurisdictional standards while at other organizations. These include the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (for NASDTEC), the Teacher Leadership Initiative Competencies (for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the NEA), the Teacher Leader Model Standards (for the Teacher Leader Exploratory Consortium), and others. Using Evidence Centered Design methodology, RAD Science staff has worked with educators and stakeholders directly to develop standards for clients.
The co-founders of RAD Science are committed to providing back to the scientific, policy, and educator communities. To this end, one of our services is a suite of working papers, designed to tackle concepts and issues that we trust educators, decision-makers, and scientists will find useful. RAD Science also disseminates information to the community via social media, especially Linked-In and our twitter feed.
The co-founders of RAD Science dedicate a significant portion of their time giving back to organizations and causes important to them. Examples include: Association of Test Publishers, Covenant House, Goodwill, and to teacher- and student-based organizations and individual classrooms nationwide.
RAD Science has deep connections in the education and workforce communities. These networks allow us to simultaneously:
A. Develop state-of-the-art assessments and standards;
B. Conduct research from literature review to cognitive lab to major field studies; and
C. Expand intervention tools towards curriculum, quickly, and efficiently.
We are joined by an outstanding global team of academicians and practitioners, providing services that include research, psychometrics, and scoring expertise.
True collaboration from go to whoa.
Social and Emotional Skills Assessments
SELF+eTM (Social and Emotional Learning Factors + enhancements), an on-line tool makes use of three different assessment methods: Self-report, forced-choice, and situational judgment. Currently, SELF+e has offerings in the following domains:
A) Middle and High School
D) Adult Education
E) Educator (inclusive both of teachers and administrators)
Cross-Cutting Competence Assessments
C. Social Media. See the LinkedIn pages of each of the co-founders, who regularly post on a wide range of topics. We will also be making posts that have gained attention available as downloads.
In addition, RAD Science has a twitter handle. Follow us on Twitter @radscience2.
Working Paper 2018-1
Working Paper 2018-2
Despite having built a slew of commercial products and services over the years, RAD Science staff has also been committed to developing open-source assessments for the scientific community. We aim to provide you with new information and source materials should a topic/construct appear of relevance. These are distilled in what we are calling our open-source assessment technical bulletins. Currently, we are releasing the first of these — The Lark-Owl Chronotype Indicator (LOCI), a measure of morningness-eveningness — as a proof-of-concept of this unique service. Inside the bulletin we not only provide the assessment for your use in your research, but several translations, additional information on validity evidence, and other psychometric characteristics.
As for our working paper series, we add to each open-source technical bulletin and to papers in the series. We appreciate feedback both on the substance and tenor of these bulletins and should you either be interested in working on further studies, or even consider commercializing one or more of these assessments please contact RAD Science at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Social Media: Blog Posts
We will be reproducing some of our blog posts here.
Our first entitled — Science and Myth of Noncognitive Assessment: Act I, Scene I — starts off as follows.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet
Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene ii
Is finding the consensual name for noncognitive skills (which I take to mean anything not assessed by traditional cognitive skills), worth the frequent air time it is given in media articles, blog posts, tweets, even published academic papers?
At the risk of being labelled a wanton hypocrite: I think not. But this is a cyclical event in my business-academic life, almost as consistent across the past two decades as the passing of time; the four seasons year after year. And in the interests of advancing the field, I really do hope it can stop.
You can click the download link for the full post if the introduction has spurned your interest.