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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.

Media Making Empowers Youth

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17 pp.

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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

Publication Date: 

Wed, 10/05/2016

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Revitalizing Language: Exploring the Effects on Children’s Learning and Well-Being

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Ruth Rouvier’s extensive expertise in documentation, maintenance, and revitalization of endangered languages informs her work connecting children's linguistic and cultural heritage to their early learning. Recently, Ruth worked with tribal communities and EDC's National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness team to develop tools and resources to support American Indian and Alaskan Native Head Start centers in planning and implementing language revitalization programs. On October 13 and 14, she will lead a National Science Foundation-funded workshop that will examine the impact of endangered language documentation on young children. In this post, Ruth shares insights from her work studying tribal language revitalization in Head Start and Early Head Start programs nationwide and discusses the importance of the workshop.

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Continuous Improvement in Education: What Is All the Buzz About?

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Sheila Rodriguez, an experienced researcher and evaluator, develops tools and provides technical assistance that enable state education agencies, districts, and schools to use data and current research to improve outcomes for students. She specializes in facilitating training for and providing coaching to state and district stakeholders on data-driven continuous improvement strategies, logic modeling, and program evaluation. Currently, she is a researcher for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC, as well as an evaluator for the EDC-led Home Visiting Action Improvement Team (HV-ImpACT) initiative. On October 4, Sheila and her colleague Karen Shakman will present a free REL Northeast & Islands webinar, “A Practical Approach to Continuous Improvement in Education.” In this post, Sheila discusses continuous improvement and shares some of her recent work. 

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Join EDC at ICLDC 5

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03/02/2017
Honolulu, HI

Ruth Rouvier will present findings from her National Science Foundation-funded workshop, "Documentation and Child Learners: A Workshop to Examine the Broader Impacts of Endangered Language Documentation" at the 5th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation. The theme of this year's conference is "Vital Voices: Linking Language and Well-Being." Learn more and register for the conference.

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Early Literacy Learning at EDC

Mon, 09/26/2016

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Kimberly Elliott, Jennifer Crandell

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 literacy learning experiences that foster their school readiness and success. Features highlights from our research and evaluation, professional development, and instructional design initiatives.

EDC supports teachers and families in promoting children's early literacy

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Measures of Improvement

In this feature article, EDC Principal Research Scientist Leslie Goodyear, the newly-elected President of the American Evaluation Association, shares her insights on the critical role that evaluation plays in building capacity to ensure that programs meet the needs of the people they serve: "Evaluation is about learning, reflecting, and making things better. I think some people see evaluation as a very stern, judgmental, impersonal process, but I don’t see it like that. The programs that I evaluate have a lot of knowledge about what works within the context of their field and in their communities. As an evaluator, my job is more than measuring outcomes. It’s also helping those programs apply that practical knowledge in the service of programmatic improvement. There are lots of ways to do this, and I work in collaboration with program staff to develop the most appropriate evaluation plan."

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EDC Newsroom

Publication Date: 

Fri, 09/23/2016

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