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Using Video Analysis to Promote "Productive Talk" in Preschool

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Cindy Hoisington and former EDC Senior Research Scientist Julie Hirschler design, deliver, and study engaging and rigorous professional development programs for early childhood teachers. The EDC Excellence in Teaching courses they teach—including Foundations of Science Literacy and Literacy Environment Enrichment Program—build educators’ capacity to promote young children’s school readiness and success. In their previous post, Cindy and Julie introduced “productive talk” and discussed the important role it plays in fostering young children’s learning. In this post, they discuss Foundations of Science Literacy’s “Engage-Explore-Reflect” cycle and describe how Foundations of Science Literacy uses video vignettes to help teachers engage young children in productive talk in science.

Cindy Hoisington and former EDC Senior Research Scientist Julie Hirschler design, deliver, and study engaging and rigorous professional development programs for early childhood teachers.

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The Role of "Productive Talk" in Early Science & Language Learning

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Cindy Hoisington and former EDC Senior Research Scientist Julie Hirschler design, deliver, and study engaging and rigorous professional development programs for early childhood teachers. The EDC Excellence in Teaching courses they teach—including Foundations of Science Literacy and Literacy Environment Enrichment Program—build educators’ capacity to promote young children’s school readiness and success. In this two-part post, Cindy and Julie discuss the important role that video analysis plays in promoting teachers’ professional growth and fostering their ability to enhance children’s early science and language learning. 

Cindy Hoisington and former EDC Senior Research Scientist Julie Hirschler design, deliver, and study engaging and rigorous professional development programs for early childhood teachers.

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Understanding Auditory Learning: Integrating Listening into the K–12 Classroom

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Guest blogger Monica Brady-Myerov is a 25-year veteran public radio journalist and the founder and host of Listen Current, an online instructional resource that uses radio stories to foster students’ listening skills. Before founding Listen Current, Monica was a senior reporter and assistant managing editor at WBUR in Boston, and her reports have aired on NPR, Marketplace, and many other outlets nationally and internationally. She won two Edward R. Murrow Awards for her stories on closing the achievement gap. On February 24 (3:00-4:00 ET), Monica was the featured presenter for EDC’s free EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) interactive webinar, “Listen to Learn: Building Critical Listening Skills Using Online Tools.” In this post, originally published on the Listen Current Blog, Monica reflects on the important role that strong listening skills play in students’ learning and school, college, and career success.

Guest blogger Monica Brady-Myerov is a 25-year veteran public radio journalist and the founder and host of Listen Current, an online instructional resource that uses radio stories to foster students’ listening skills. Before founding Listen Current, Monica was a senior reporter and assistant managing editor at WBUR in Boston, and her reports have aired on NPR, Marketplace, and many other outlets nationally and internationally. She won two Edward R. Murrow Awards for her stories on closing the achievement gap.

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Hartford Program Will Use Science, And $3M, to Teach Students English

This article spotlights EDC's new i3 project, Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science, and features comments from EDC Senior Research Scientist Jess Gropen: "The project will focus on about 2,000 children in prekindergarten through first grade whose native language is not English. They will be engaged in hands-on science activities in class, at home and in the community — and, educators hope, having extended conversations about what they're experiencing. 'Language is a critical piece of scientific inquiry,' said Jess Gropen, a senior research scientist for Education Development Center, a Mass.-based nonprofit that was awarded the grant through the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation competition. Learning about science means 'making predictions, describing phenomena, offering explanations,' Gropen said. 'Those conversations can happen in Spanish, they can happen in English, they can happen in any language. Really, what we're trying to do is help kids develop that sort of conceptual knowledge about the world that will feed their understanding. I think that's important...The federal grant 'could not have come at a better time,' schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez said. 'The Hartford community has identified educational equity for English Language Learners as a priority.''

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Hartford Courant

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Wed, 01/07/2015

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EDC Project Supports Young English Learners in Hartford Public Schools

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With a $3 million award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), EDC is leading Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS)—a project that is targeted to boost the academic success of pre-K through Grade 1 English learners in Hartford, Connecticut. Hartford serves more English learners than any other Connecticut district. Surveys show that 18 percent of students were identified as English learners in 2012–13, with 40 percent living in homes where English is not the primary language.

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Students' Voices: The Relationship Between Attitudes and Writing Outcomes for Fourth and Fifth Graders

Wed, 12/31/2014

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Andrea Winokur Kotula, Terrence Tivnan, Cynthia Mata Aguilar

This article presents selected findings from a four-year EDC study of a writing curriculum for fourth- and fifth-grade students and discusses implications for future research. As part of the study, the authors measured students’ writing ability and three components of their attitudes about writing: Perceived Value of Writing, Self-Rating as a Writer, and Writing Behaviors.

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A First Step Toward Digital Literacy

Wed, 08/20/2014

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Burt Granofsky

This article describes EDC's work to develop a new online version of Intel Easy Steps curriculum. The five Easy Steps modules progressively build novice users' digital literacy skills and support them in learning how to begin harnessing the power of computers. Topics covered include the basic functions of a computer,  the Internet, using word processing and spreadsheet applications, and creating simple presentations. A self-check at the end of each module helps learners assess their own knowledge and reinforces key ideas from the lessons.

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