Research and Evaluation

EDC Studies Impact of Transition to Algebra Mathematics Course

Transition To Algebra Curriculum

A new four-year National Science Foundation-funded project is enabling EDC to research the impact of Transition to Algebra, a year-long mathematics course taken concurrently with Algebra I to provide additional support for students who are underprepared for Algebra.

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EDC Launches Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data

Bill Tally

With support from the National Science Foundation, EDC has launched an initiative, Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data, to build high school students’ skills in using data to investigate and explain significant problems in biology and earth science.

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New York City ELL Study Offers Glimpse Into National English-Learner Trends

This article spotlights findings from a REL Northeast & Islands at EDC study conducted by EDC Principal Research Scientist Carrie Parker and Michael Kieffer of New York University: "With more than 140,000 English-learners enrolled in New York City's K-12 public schools, the district has more ELLs than all but five states: California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and, of course, New York. That's why a recently released study from the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands on English-learner reclassification patterns may hold value for ELL educators and policymakers across the nation. Noting that the city's English-learners speak about 150 home languages and arrive to school from a host of educational, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, the researchers said the district provides a "unique opportunity to build knowledge about English learner student reclassification patterns."

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Education Week

Publication Date: 

Mon, 10/17/2016

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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

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Wed, 10/05/2016

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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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Sheila Rodriguez

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Sheila Rodriguez

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Sheila

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Rodriguez

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Sheila Rodriguez, an experienced quantiative and qualitative researcher and program 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. (Read a blog post by Rodriguez: "Continuous Improvement in Education: What Is All The Buzz About?")

Rodriguez is a researcher for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands (REL-NEI) at EDC. She contributes her expertise in survey instrument design, needs sensing, and data collection and analysis to several REL-NEI research alliances, including the Urban School Improvement Alliance and the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, and has co-led a series of webinars on continuous improvement and logic models. Currently, she is serving as an evaluator for the EDC-led Home Visiting Action Improvement Team (HV-ImpACT) initiative that is providing technical assistance to grantees of the Federal Home Visiting Program in all 50 states, DC, and five territories. She is also a member of an EDC team that is conducting a statewide evaluation of the Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program and providing technical assistance to the Illinois State Board of Education, its 21st CCLC management staff, and 21st CCLC subgrantees.

She has co-authored several publications including "The College Readiness Data Catalog Tool: User Guide," "Logic Models for Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation: Workshop Toolkit," “Continuous Improvement: A Practical Approach to Educational Improvement," “Survey Methods for Educators: Selecting Samples and Administering Surveys,” and "Parent Involvement and Extended Learning Activities in School Improvement Plans in the Midwest Region."

Prior to joining EDC, Rodriguez served as a policy analyst for American Institutes for Research, where she conducted policy outreach, cultivated ongoing communication with state legislators, legislative staff, governor’s policy advisors, and state education agency personnel regarding topical education issues, and managed data collection activities for large-scale studies.

Rodriguez holds a BA in Education Studies from Brown University and an MAEd in Educational Leadership from Argosy University-Schaumburg.

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Research Associate

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770 North Halsted Street, Suite 205
Chicago, Illinois 60622

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312-962-4519

Join EDC at ICLDC 5

Date: 

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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ITEST's STEM Workforce Education Model

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10/06/2016
Free Online Event

From 3:00 to 4:00pm, STELAR staff will present the results of the STELAR/ITEST Data and Impact Working Group’s efforts to identify the types of data that might be collected by ITEST projects to provide evidence that the program is setting youth on a STEM career trajectory. Kirk Knestis, David Reider, and Joyce Malyn-Smith will present their research on a Workforce Education Model for K-12 STEM Education Programs, pub

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