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Castilleja School’s Partnership for 21st Century Assessment empowers educators to develop tools that capture and measure students’ growth in the essential attitudes and skills needed to become effective learners and leaders in today’s world. These new assessment tools allow teachers to measure the initiative and self-knowledge students need to pursue intellectual and social challenge, the agility required to engage in creative problem solving, and the sense of purpose needed to join, support, and lead others to effect change now and in the future. 

The Partnership for 21st Century Assessment is made possible with the support of an educational leadership grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation awarded in 2013. Castilleja was one of only 5 schools nationwide to receive this $250,000 award. The Castilleja Community made a 3:1 match—donating $750,000. 

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Karen Strobel has spent her career researching settings that promote and support adolescents' intellectual, social and emotional development.  She has worked with schools, after school programs and university researchers to capture the qualities of young leaders, engaged learners and collaborative problem solvers. Prior to her time at Castilleja, Karen was a senior researcher at the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford where she led research projects designed in partnership with teachers and community leaders. Through her research projects and partnerships, Karen was able to conduct research that was genuinely relevant to educators in classrooms and after school settings. She received her BA from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University Graduate School of Education.

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