Tracy McMahon has over 10 years of experience designing quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation studies. Much of her work focuses on program evaluations that seek to identify the effectiveness of formal and informal science education initiatives. In 2016, she co-authored the report Engineering for Every K-12 Student based on her team's work on a National Science Foundation-funded landscape study of K-12 engineering education in Massachusetts. Tracy is also a mom, and in this post she describes some free science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources and programs that she hopes will be useful to other parents who are interested in the recent focus on STEM in their kids’ education.
This EDC tip sheet responds to research findings that show that students with engaged families are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher level academic programs, be promoted on time and earn more credits, adapt better to school and attend more regularly, have better social skills and behaviors, and graduate and go on to post-secondary opportunities. Today, many K-12 schools are struggling to engage all families.
This EDC tip sheet focuses on resilience: the ability to bounce back from or cope with life’s difficulties. Resilient children seem to face difficulty with a sturdy disposition. Instead of fight, flight, or freeze, they seem to think, “How can I solve this problem?” This ability is very useful in and beyond the K-12 learning years, and educators and families can use this tip sheet's 10 simple, yet very effective, strategies to help build children's resilience.
Join EDC researcher David Jacobson at 1:00 pm ET for a free webinar in which he will present findings from his new policy report published by the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) that EDC co-leads.
On October 13 and 14, EDC researcher Ruth Rouvier will lead an invitation-only National Science Foundation-funded workshop that will engage experts in language acquisition, early childhood development, linguistics, statistics, and public health in examining the impact of endangered language documentation on young children.
This entry in the 2016 SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education provides an overview of accountability (monitoring, program evaluation, the use of data for continuous quality improvement, and collection of child assessment data to determine learning outcomes) in the current context of early care and education (ECE). It begins by explaining why accountability is important.
The author of this policy report focuses on three case-study states and their experiences implementing prenatal-through-third-grade (P–3) state policies and developing significant grant programs to fund regional and local P–3 partnerships. Research over the past 15 years has demonstrated the importance of high-quality care and education throughout the P–3 continuum, including prenatal and infant and toddler care, preschool education, and early elementary education.