Each spring, cohort members identify goals for that year, consult with each other for advice, and compile the data sets necessary to advance the project. In late June, all cohort members gather for a three-day work session hosted by Maret School in Washington, DC. The Center will cover travel and hotel expenses for Fellows to come to Washington, DC and each Fellow will also receive a stipend of $1000 from the Center.
The work session has two complementary objectives:
to help institutional research practitioners in independent schools build the technical capacities required to pursue research questions
to carve out intensive work periods during which participants can actually execute the nuts-and-bolts tasks necessary to turn their data sets into functional models alongside peers with relevant and constructive experience
Following the summer session, cohort members will be in contact virtually as they implement their work and determine next steps in the fall and winter.
"I am realizing the importance of collaborating with a group like this, to get outside of the day-to-day focus of school, and to benefit from the wisdom of others, and the range of experiences, perspectives and challenges that we each bring to the table."2020 Summer Lab Cohort Member
The 2021 Summer Lab Fellowship will take place on Wednesday, June 23 through Friday June 25. Fellows will be welcome to join us on Maret's campus in Washington, DC or join us virtually via Zoom as circumstances allow. Anyone interested in joining this year's cohort will be asked to register. For more information about this year's Summer Fellows Lab, please email Eric Heilman at firstname.lastname@example.org. To submit an application to be part of this year's cohort, click the link below.
In June of 2020, our Director of Institutional Research, Eric Heilman, hosted a three day Zoom conference around developing Thrive Index models. Hailing from independent schools from Virginia, to New York, to California, this summer's cohort members drew on their own experience in constructing quantitative measures of holistic student thriving to collaboratively build best practice standards, discuss the role of data analysis in institutional evolution, and to share methods of building positive data cultures in our faculties. In addition, cohort members offered a full day of open training sessions on Zoom to help support additional independent school data practitioners from all over the country in building their technical skills and knowledge of useful data analysis practices and programs. Maret hopes to host another cohort of institutional researchers next summer (hopefully in person!).
"This meeting has felt so positive. I have really appreciated the chance to be part of this group of thoughtful, positive, leaders. Our conversations are mind-expanding and fun, and it has been an exciting experience of feeling myself learn and think and new ways. This joyful intellectual stimulation has been exactly what I need right now. I am really grateful for this experience!"2020 Summer Lab Cohort Member
"It’s nice to hear that others are interested in this topic and have actually moved their institutions forward!"2020 Summer Lab Cohort Member