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Powerskills Game Lab: Improving High School Communication Skills Through Formative Assessment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: 91990020C0083
Agency Tracking Number: 91990020C0083
Amount: $900,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 91990020R0007
Solicitation Number: 91990020R0007
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-17
Small Business Information
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New York, NY 10011
United States
DUNS: 080422539
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Scott Brewster
 (202) 245-7550
Business Contact
 Scott Brewster
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Research Institution

The project team will develop Powerskills Game Lab, a game-based intervention for high school students to develop career readiness abilities in communication and adjacent intrapersonal and interpersonal domains. The intervention will include modules on different career readiness topics (clear and effective communication, personal and social awareness, work ethic and professionalism) and will address specific skills, active listening, accountable talk, adaptability, assertiveness, conflict management, cultural awareness, empathy, initiative, integrity, self-management, and self-efficacy. Components of the intervention will include diagnostics for covered skills; practice games with anchored instruction, leveling, feedback and coaching; and scenario-based performance games that combine multiple skills in different real-world contexts. The intervention will be integrated into the existing Hats & Ladders Career Readiness Platform, which includes a student-facing app and educator-facing dashboard. Performance data and other implementation supports will be available through the dashboard.

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