We collaborate with schools and child care centers in the Boston metroplex as part of our Deliberate Language Project (DLP) Research. Schools and centers partner with us as research sites in order to both support their educators in their mission to best support children and to inform the development of our software for which our goal is to support educators.
These sites are part of long term collaborations in which educators engage in their daily work with students, while wearing headsets, recording themselves (and not the child nor our community), to capture the actual language and notes. The recorded language is analyzed for successful interventions, used for coaching purposes, and run through machine learning to detect patterns of language that indicate success for a child in that moment. In turn this leads to our better understanding of what responsive, respectful communication looks like and how it can be further incorporated into educators’ work.
We use what we learn to improve our ability to deliver small, personalized professional development to support the coaching of play and social skills during children’s free play through the development of software, currently in UX testing.