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In Support of Educators: Strategies that Work

Mon, 09/19/2016


This collection of essays shares insights and strategies from EDC's work to support teachers' professional learning, as well as links to an array of EDC's resources for teachers.

In Support of Educators: Strategies That Work



18 pp.

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EDC Continues Leadership of NSF STEM Learning and Research Center

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen EDC to continue to lead STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR), the national center that supports NSF-funded Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) projects.

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Survey Tool Hones In on Competency-Based Learning


Joshua Cox is the Alliance Researcher for the Northeast College and Career Readiness Research Alliance of the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC. His recent work for the Alliance has focused primarily on competency-based learning. Recently, the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences published a new survey tool and guide co-authored by Joshua and his colleague Sarah Ryan that meets the growing, nationwide need to systematically examine students' experiences with competency-based learning. In this post, first published on the REL Northeast & Islands' website, Joshua discusses the new survey tool, shares the process used to develop the tool, describes the kinds of data the tool can help schools and districts collect, and describes REL Northeast & Islands resources that can support use of the tool.

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New Tool Meets Need to Systematically Examine Students' Experiences with Competency-Based Learning

Competency-Based Learning

Across the U.S., practitioners and policymakers are keenly interested in competency-based learning models of high school education. It is believed that competency-based learning models have significant potential to prepare students to succeed in college and careers and to ensure that high school graduation is based on something other than the time spent in classrooms.

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Workforce Education Models for K–12 STEM Education Programs: Reflections on, and Implications for, the NSF ITEST Program

Wed, 07/20/2016


David Reider, Kirk Knestis, Joyce Malyn-Smith

The authors of this article propose a STEM workforce education logic model, tailored to the particular context of the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. This model aims to help program designers and researchers address challenges particular to designing, implementing, and studying education innovations in the ITEST program, considering ongoing needs and challenges in STEM workforce education in the United States.

Journal of Science Education and Technology


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Cracking the Code: Giving More Students Access to Computer Science

This article highlights the work of the EDC-led Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) and quotes EDC's Jim Stanton: "Jim Stanton, Executive Director of MassCAN and Senior Project Director at the Massachusetts-based EDC, emphasized the importance of getting all stakeholders involved to provide students with what he termed 'indispensable skills in all industries and careers, nationally and globally.' He stressed the need for every student to gain these essential 21st century skills, warning that in the current workforce, 82 percent of those with CS qualifications are male, and 83 percent are White or Asian. That is not a sustainable model for filling all the necessary jobs requiring CS, and thus we need more young women and historically underrepresented groups taking CS."


American Youth Policy Forum

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Mon, 07/25/2016

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