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EDC Launches Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data

Bill Tally

With support from the National Science Foundation, EDC has launched an initiative, Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data, to build high school students’ skills in using data to investigate and explain significant problems in biology and earth science.

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Standing Up and Being Counted

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Randy Kochevar,  Director of EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, brings passion for science and conservation—as well as a proven ability to make complex scientific concepts engaging and comprehensible for diverse audiences—to his R&D of innovative online educational resources for teachers, students, and the public. Trained as a marine biologist, Randy leads a team that is working to transform K–16 science education to support students' entry into a world of big data through instructional design, research, and strategic partnerships with education and industry leaders. Currently, he is an investigator on the Ocean Tracks, CODAP, and Real World, Real Science programs. In this post, first published on the Oceans of Data Institute's blog, Randy discusses how important it is for our students to have the tools they need to be informed and to think for themselves.

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Contextualized Curriculum for Adult Learners

Wed, 11/02/2016

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Education Development Center

EDC is working with developmental education and adult basic education faculty, instructors, program leaders and industry advisors from across Massachusetts through a grant from the MCCWDTA to provide and share contextualized curriculum modules that can be flexibly integrated into a range of developmental, adult basic education and industry-specific programs. This website includes curriculum modules targeting core topics in mathematics and literacy contextualized to three key MCCWDTA industries: healthcare, advanced manufacturing and information technology.

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Keeping It Real: Building Bridges Between Employers and Schools

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Jessica Juliuson supports districts and schools in making systemic changes to ensure youth acquire the skills and knowledge they need to become productive members of the workforce. To this work, she brings over 20 years of experience in advancing innovations in instructional design and teacher development that enhance learning, promote civic engagement, and improve academic achievement—with an emphasis on equitable expectations, resources, and opportunities for all youth. As a member of an EDC team that has played a lead role in the design and implementation of the Ford Next Generation (NGL) initiative, she manages professional development for a wide network of STEM academies, while coordinating team externships that strengthen collaboration among schools, local communities, and industries. On November 9, Jessica and her colleague Ilene Kantrov will present this work at the 20th Annual National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) Conference. In this post, Jessica shares some insights on the pivotal role that close collaborations between employers and schools plays in supporting college and career success. 

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EDC Contributes to National Computer Science Education Summit

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EDC’s Pam Buffington, Shelley Pasnik, and Jim Stanton were invited presenters at the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Summit last week. Held at the White House and George Washington University, the summit marked the first time that the 17 states leading state-level, systemic computer science (CS) education reform came together to share their work and meet with researchers who can inform their efforts.

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4 Reasons Why Media Making Is Critical for Youth

This feature article spotlights EDC's decades of work fostering youth media making across the U.S. and around the world. Experts Tony Streit and Wendy Rivenburgh share their insights and experiences: “The best youth media activities are based on the idea that young people are problem solvers, and are capable of articulating the things that matter to them,” says Rivenburgh. “Making media is a way to expose the difference between the reality they are living in and the better world they envision." Streit agrees. He recalls one film, produced by students in Chicago, which juxtaposed the reading of the Gettysburg Address with footage of a Chicago housing project being destroyed. “Young people who contribute to the telling of stories from their communities begin to see that raising questions, challenging the status quo, and voting their conscience are their right and their obligation,” he says.

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EDC Newsroom

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Wed, 10/12/2016

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Girls Communicating Career Connections

Fri, 10/07/2016

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In Summer 2016, the American Library Association selected this website as a "Great Website for Kids." The site presents the Girls Communicating Career Connections (GC3) media series—short video segments produced by middle school aged girls—that captures the inquiry-based learning experiences of six girls as they investigate what it means to be a scientist or engineer. The video series targets girls from underserved groups (minority populations, youth of low socioeconomic status, and those with disabilities).

Videos, games, and fun activities about cool careers that use math and science, created by young people.

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Youth Media Stories

Fri, 10/07/2016

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This series of 17 features published on the Adobe Education Exchange website spotlights the powerful role that media making can play in the lives of youth around the world. The author provides a vivid, close-up view of the experiences, insights, and dreams of youth as they master the use of media to tell compelling stories that matter to them, to their communities, and to us all.

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What Did Teaching Teach You?

Former teachers and current EDC staff members Kirsten Peterson, Rebecca Lewis, Tony Streit, and several others share what they learned in their classroom that they bring to their current work as instructional designers, project leaders, and professional developers.

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EDC Newsroom

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Wed, 10/05/2016

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ITEST's STEM Workforce Education Model

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10/06/2016
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From 3:00 to 4:00pm, STELAR staff will present the results of the STELAR/ITEST Data and Impact Working Group’s efforts to identify the types of data that might be collected by ITEST projects to provide evidence that the program is setting youth on a STEM career trajectory. Kirk Knestis, David Reider, and Joyce Malyn-Smith will present their research on a Workforce Education Model for K-12 STEM Education Programs, pub

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