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Engineering for Every K–12 Student: A Landscape Analysis of K–12 Engineering Education in the Greater Boston Region

Fri, 04/01/2016

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Daryl Williams (Tufts University), Catherine McCulloch, Tracy McMahon, Leslie Goodyear

This landscape study, funded by the National Science Foundation and developed collaboratively by EDC and Tufts University, takes a look at the state of K–12 engineering education in the Greater Boston region. Through targeted interviews with and a survey of Boston-area stakeholders, the authors aimed to learn where stakeholders’ interests overlap and where needs exist. The analysis was augmented by a review of literature and websites.

Engineering for Every K-12 Student: A Landscape Analysis

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80 pp.

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EDC Shares STEM Expertise at New America Forum

Cindy Hoisington

On March 16, EDC Senior Instructional Design Associate Cindy Hoisington (at left) represented EDC as a featured panelist in the livestreamed New America Forum, “What’s Next for STEM Education? Boosting Teachers and Teaching, PreK–12.” A national early STEM education expert, Cindy Hoisington is a contributor to STEM Starts Early, one of several new reports that the panel discussed.

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New America Forum: What's Next for STEM Education?

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03/16/2017
Free Online Event

On March 16 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET, Cindy Hoisington will represent EDC as a featured panelist in the livestreamed New America Forum, “What’s Next for STEM Education: Boosting Teachers and Teaching, PreK–12." A nationally recognized expert in preschool and elementary school STEM education, Hoisington is a contributor to STEM Starts Early, one of several new reports that the panel will discuss.

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New CADRE Toolkit Shares Effective Dissemination Strategies

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  Leana Nordstrom brings a diverse set of communications and project management skills to EDC's STEM education initiatives. Currently, she manages the CADRE (Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education) resource network that EDC leads for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Discovery Research PreK-12 Program. In this role, she oversees the project’s social media outreach and other communications, contributes to the project’s website content, and manages the logistical aspects of CADRE’s work. As the communications lead for EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), she disseminates the work of ODI’s portfolio of projects through newsletters, a website, blogs, press releases, and social media. In this post, Leana describes a user-friendly toolkit that CADRE has developed to help researchers strategically disseminate their findings to support the field in improving STEM education. The toolkit also provides guidance for anyone who wants to communicate important messages to key target audiences.   

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When Do Students in Low-SES Schools Perform Better-Than-Expected on a High-Stakes Test

Wed, 10/26/2016

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This empirical study, published in Urban Education, analyzed data from 638 teachers and 11,800 students in low-socioeconomic status (SES) urban schools (and schools with urban characteristics) exploring associations of school, teacher, teaching, and professional development characteristics toward student performance on the revised Advanced Placement (AP) Biology and AP Chemistry examinations.

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35pp.

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Council of State Science Supervisors Annual Conference

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03/27/2017
Los Angeles, CA

Abigail Jurist Levy will attend the annual Council of State Science Supervisors conference.  The CSSS is a supportive community committed to K-12 education, whose members have direct accountability to the government agencies given the constitutional authority for education.  Each member plays a key role in leading efforts to improve school science and to ensure excellence and equity in science education.

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EDC LAB-AIDS Workshop

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03/24/2017
Warren, RI

Erin Bardar will present a one day workshop "Oceans of Data Institute: Preparing Students for Data-rich World and the Data Demands of the NGSS," for high school science teachers, curriculum directors, and department chairs at the Lab Aids Workshop at the East Bay Education Collaborative.

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Foundations of Science Literacy

Thu, 02/02/2017

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This study, published in Early Education and Development,  presents the results of efficacy research on Foundations of Science Literacy (FSL), a comprehensive professional development program designed to support teachers’ knowledge of early childhood science; their PCK around 2 physical science topics (water, and balls and ramps); and their abilities to plan, facilitate, and assess young children’s learning during inquiry-based science explorations.

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Caught in the Balance: An Organizational Analysis of Science Teaching in Schools With Elementary Science Specialists

Tue, 06/14/2016

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Lisa M. Marco-Bujosa, Abigail Jurist Levy

Elementary schools are under increasing pressure to teach science and teach it well; yet, research documents that classroom teachers must overcome numerous personal and school-based challenges to teach science effectively at this level, such as access to materials and inadequate instructional time. The elementary science specialist model represents an alternative to the traditional model of classroom teachers providing science instruction.

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26 pp.

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