PERTS: Project for Education Research That Scales

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What is PERTS?

PERTS (Project for Education Research That Scales), located at Stanford University, is a center for applied research that focuses on academic motivation and achievement. PERTS team members conduct research that explores ways of improving motivation, using the information they received from partnered schools, colleges, and organizations.

The PERTS website provides many great resources for teachers, students, and other professionals. The site lists projects that are currently being conducted by PERTS team members. PERTS publishes findings from relevant literature that support student motivation. Research has shown that students will achieve more motivation if they are in a resilient environment. Having a “growth” mindset encourages more success and motivation within the classroom. The PERTS program is dedicated to helping students maintain a growth mindset that will foster motivation and success within the classroom.

In addition to literature on academic motivation, the website includes a Mindset Kit that contains resources on mindfulness techniques for teachers, parents, and students. The resources are divided up by categories for: teachers, parents, math, and team educators. In each category there are lesson plans that lead each mindfulness training technique.


Carol Dwek, author of “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”, describes the two types of mindsets, fixed and growth. In her book, Carol explains the benefits of a growth mindset, and how to obtain one. In addition, she describes the short-term and long-term outcomes of each mindset. The PERTS program appears to be grounded from Carol Dwek’s growth and fixed mindset theories.

In 2014, Carol Dwek presented “The Power of Believing That You Can Improve” during a TEDTalk. The short video clip gives great background information on the power of the growth mindset. Edutopia provides a clip Carol Dwek discussing “Envision Education” and its success with student motivation and academic success.

Health Care and Higher Ed

March 23. 2010- In an article from Insider Higher Ed entitled, “Health Care and Higher Ed” talks about the ways in which the legislation will benefit students, campus health centers and medical schools more immediately. According to the article, college and university based student health insurance plans are given a special exemption to continue to exist, even though they don’t fit classification as individual plans or employer-based group plans. The article continues by talking to the president of the American College Health Association and director of student health at the University of Virginia, Jim Turner.

Teaching First-Year Students

September 29, 2009- The first session for the 2009-2010 season dealt with the issues and concerns that come with teaching the first year student. Presenters included Gina Occhiogrosso, Professor of Art, Angela Gordon, Professor of Business, and Joseph Pryba, Assistant Director of Resident Life. Presenters spoke about the challenges first year students face and how to overcome these challenges.

           The session began with Gina Occhiogrosso presenting the Foundation of Art program and what it does to help students transition into college life. Occhiogrossos class is structured around making the first year as clear and enjoyable to students as possible. This is done by presenting them with a schedule of events, materials needed, and expectations of the course 2 months prior to the beginning of the semester. This allows students to have an understanding by the time they arrive at Saint Rose. Occhigrosso also talked about the concept of community, and the importance of getting students involved in the art community at Saint Rose. 

          Next, Angela Gordon spoke about the Business 111 course, which is required for all first year business and administration students. In this course students are introduced to business disciplines and create strong cohorts as a way to strengthen team work. This course also gives students the opportunity to create a business plan from the ground up. In doing so they are creating a personal development plan which help them operate their goals and present them with opportunities. 

          Finally, Joseph Pryba talked about the mission and goals of the Office of Residence Life. Pryba spoke about programs such as RA planned programs, student centric programming, and policies and procedures that are used in order to give students the freedom of creating their own policies while still staying within the boundaries of Saint Rose. To conclude the presentations Pryba ended with expressing the challenge of encouraging interaction and involvement on campus. 

          Following the presentation, an open discussion took place where topics such as how to communicate to students, concept of openness, encouraging shared experience learning, challenges faced by transfer students, and the effect hybrid classes have on first year students were discussed among faculty and staff.

Below you will find the materials each presenter shared during the session, as well as links to other helpful and informative resources.

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