Equity

Courageous State Leadership for Educational Equity

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Guest blogger Loretta Goodwin, PhD is senior director of the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF). Dr. Goodwin brings extensive experience in middle and high school reform, experiential education, and international education to her work convening policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to frame issues, inform policy, and create conversations about improving education and young people’s lives. In this post, part one of a three-part series originally published on AYPF’s Forum For Thought Blog, Dr. Goodwin discusses AYPF's “Promoting Deeper Learning through Equity, Diversity, and Personalized Learning” Study Tour and shares some thoughts on the important role of state leaders in achieving equity in education for all students.

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Supporting Dual Language Learners at EDC

Fri, 06/16/2017

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Kimberly Elliott

Promoting young children’s dual language proficiency by engaging them in rich learning experiences in both their home language and English gives them a running start to long-term success in life.This fact sheet provides an overview of some of EDC's work to strengthen P-3 programs and systems to foster dual language proficiency and improve outcomes for young dual language learners. In all of this work, we seek to build educator capacity to support language development, engage families, and sustain strong family-school-community partnerships.

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Early Childhood at EDC

Fri, 06/16/2017

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This brief describes EDC's deep commitment to ensuring that all young children have the support they need during the critical early childhood window of time. In the brief, we share what it takes to improve the quality of early childhood services and describe some of the efforts that we are leading across the U.S. and around the world to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families.

Early Childhood brief

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Early STEM Learning at EDC

Fri, 06/16/2017

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Education Development Center

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of some of EDC's work to ensure that all young children—and especially young children who live in low-income communities and are members of underrepresented groups—can access high-quality early STEM learning experiences that foster their school readiness and success. Features highlights from our research and evaluation, professional development, and instructional design initiatives.

Early STEM learning at EDC

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Supporting the Whole Child at EDC

Fri, 06/16/2017

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Kimberly Elliott, Karen Cairone

This fact sheet provides an overview of some of EDC's work to strengthen systems and services to help families, home visitors, community members, educators, and health care professionals ensure that all young children have the health care, social emotional support, and safe living environments they need to thrive today and throughout their lives. Features highlights from our national support centers in the U.S. and our domestic and international work focused on health promotion, prevention, and intervention.

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Achieving Educational Equity and Justice in Career Academies: Challenges and Promising Strategies

Wed, 05/24/2017

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Career academies are a model of career and technical education (CTE) that combines academic rigor, instruction that is relevant to students’ lives, and strong relationships between students and adults. Shown to have positive impacts on high school students’ motivation, graduation rates, postsecondary enrollment, and career outcomes, career academies also have great potential to reduce opportunity and achievement gaps.

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Farzeen Harunani

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Farzeen Harunani

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Harunani

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Farzeen Harunani brings a fresh outlook on computer science (CS) education to her work at EDC. Harunani is committed to facilitating the expansion of CS education across the country and to seeking solutions to STEM equity issues for traditionally under-represented groups in the field.

As the Coordinator of District & Teacher Engagement the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), Harunani develops and assesses professional development efforts in the state to deliver high-quality computer science education to all teachers.

Previously, Harunani served as a mentor for the Girls Who Code program.  While a student at Marquette University, she proposed and founded a tutoring initiative for Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the computing honor society, to provide additional support to CS students outside of the classroom.

Harunani received a BS in Computer Engineering from Marquette University in 2015, and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 2016.

 

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Pathways to College and Careers

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2591

Closing STEM Education Opportunity Gaps for Rural Students

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Pam Buffington provides technical support in evidence-based policy development and decision-making to state and local education agencies. An expert in rural education, STEM education, and technology integration, she leads the design and management of professional learning programs that build educator capacity to improve students’ learning outcomes. She is a co-PI of the National Science Foundation-funded Research and Practice Collaboratory and Visual Access to Mathematics study. Recently, she served as the Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance Facilitator for REL Northeast & Islands. In this post, Pam reflects on EDC’s work to close STEM education opportunity gaps for students in rural areas to ensure they are ready to succeed in a job market that demands a solid foundation of STEM knowledge and skills.

 

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