EDC has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation that will enable the global nonprofit to launch eight new initiatives and continue ongoing work to enhance preK-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and improve outcomes for students. Over the next several years, EDC experts will carry out the following STEM-related R&D, evaluation, technical support, and professional development work:
- Mathematics Immersion for Secondary Teachers at Scale: A team led by Al Cuoco and Matt McLeod will design, implement, and research the effects of a professional development immersion experience in mathematics for practicing secondary teachers (grades 7–12).
- Think Math+C: Integrating Programming into a Comprehensive K-5 Mathematics Curriculum: Paul Goldenberg, June Mark, and Deborah Spencer will develop and test high-quality instructional materials to support teachers and students in programming activities that can strengthen both mathematical and computational thinking.
- Combining Media and Messaging to Engage Underserved Families in STEM Learning: Co-Principal Investigator Bill Tally and colleagues from WNET will develop, test, and refine a family engagement model that includes a face-to-face workshop, rich narrative, and text-message prompts to help parents engage children in playful STEM activities.
- Community for Advancing Discovery Research Education (CADRE): With an award to continue EDC's 10 years of leadership of CADRE, Catherine McCulloch and Amy Busey will strengthen the capacity, advance the research, and amplify the influence of over 300 active NSF-funded Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12) projects that are seeking to improve pre-K–12 STEM education.
- Building on Strengths: In this new initiative, Eden Badertscher, Al Cuoco, and partners from Iowa State University and Young People’s Project will develop and pilot the infrastructure, induction process, and early implementation of a new Mathematician Affiliates of Color network. The project draws upon EDC's Designing for Equity by Thinking In and About Mathematics (DEbT-M) project.
- Data Analytics Technician Advancement (DATA) Program: Co-Principal Investigator Joe Ippolito and colleagues from Columbus State Community College will develop a data analytics career pathway--including designing a curriculum with an embedded internship and conducting significant outreach efforts to engage military veterans.
- Evaluation of Leap into Science: Lead Evaluator Leslie Goodyear and Erin Stafford will examine The Franklin Institute's efforts to scale up its proven outreach program that builds the capacity of children and families from underserved communities to participate in science. Field-tested in 12 cities, Leap into Science will be expanded to 90 new rural and urban communities in 15 states, reaching over 500,000 children and adults.
- Evaluation of Northwest PULSE (Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education): EDC evaluators Ginger Fitzhugh and Carrie Liston will evaluate a Washington State University initiative that is seeking to transform the approach to undergraduate education in the life sciences. The initiative responds to the recommendations of an American Association for the Advancement of Science report.
The NSF is an independent federal agency that supports research and education across all fields of science and engineering. Each year, the NSF receives over 48,000 competitive requests for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF funds reach all 50 states through awards to colleges, universities, nonprofits, and other organizations.
- Learn more about EDC's STEM, Mathematics, Science, Research and Evaluation, Professional Development, and Technical Assistance work.
Last updated: October 2017