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Examining the Social Science

This article spotlights findings from EDC's study of the role that social media can play in promoting informal scientific discussions and discovery. An EDC research team led by Daniel Light and including Michelle Cerrone and Noah Goodman conducted the study over the past two years, and Light and Goodman are quoted: “Social media is a low-cost way for research institutions to engage the public in scientific exploration, especially in a time when science news largely goes uncovered by the press,” says Light. “Twitter is a way for people to keep alive the passion for science and learning that they felt as kids. Museums can really foster that.” “Twitter is a place where scientists, science enthusiasts, and others with little connection to the science world can all converse about things that matter to them,” says Goodman. “It can feel very personal.”

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EDC Newsroom

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Thu, 02/02/2017

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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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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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Leana Nordstrom

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Leana Nordstrom

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Leana Nordstrom brings a diverse set of communications and project management skills to an array of STEM education initiatives. Through her efforts, a broad range of projects advance their strategic plans and expand their public information outreach.

Nordstrom manages CADRE (Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education), the National Science Foundation (NSF) resource network for the 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), Nordstrom disseminates the work of ODI’s portfolio of projects through newsletters, a website, blogs, press releases, and social media. In addition, she heads up communications efforts for Science Fairs Under the ‘Scope, an NSF-funded project studying middle-school science fairs.

Since joining EDC in 2010, Nordstrom has contributed to cross-sector NSF-funded STEM forums (STEM Smart and Next Generation STEM Learning for All) and informal education (Exploring Trees and Ponds), research (Elementary Science Specialist Study), and professional development (Electronic Teacher Guide and NPASS2) initiatives.  

Before joining EDC, Nordstrom was a staff member at Public Interest GRFX, the in-house communications department for the Fund for Public Interest, and served as an Environmental Education Extension Agent in Senegal, West Africa for the Peace Corps.

Nordstrom has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

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Project Associate

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2767

Promising Approaches to Engaging Families in the Mediation of Science and Art Activities with Preschoolers

Tue, 09/27/2016

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This brief presents findings on promising practices for family engagement from EDC’s evaluation of PNC Financial Services Group’s Grow Up Great® multi-year, bilingual initiative. Grow Up Great® is designed to help teachers and families prepare children—particularly underserved children—from birth through age five for success in school and life. In addition to findings, the authors provide an overview of the initiative and describe the methods they used to examine the impact of the initiative’s activities for families.

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Promising Approaches to Involving Teachers in the Mediation of Science and Art Activities with Preschoolers

Tue, 09/27/2016

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This brief presents findings on promising practices for teachers from EDC’s evaluation of PNC Financial Services Group’s Grow Up Great® multi-year, bilingual initiative. Grow Up Great® is designed to help teachers and families prepare children—particularly underserved children—from birth through age five for success in school and life. In addition to findings, the authors provide an overview of the initiative and describe the methods they used to examine the impact of the initiative’s activities for teachers.

Grow Up Great Evaluation Brief 1

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In Support of Educators: Strategies that Work

Mon, 09/19/2016

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This collection of essays shares insights and strategies from EDC's work to support teachers' professional learning, as well as links to an array of EDC's resources for teachers.

In Support of Educators: Strategies That Work

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Resources to Help Parents Support Kids’ STEM Interests and Explorations

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Tracy McMahon has over 10 years of experience designing quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation studies. Much of her work focuses on program evaluations that seek to identify the effectiveness of formal and informal science education initiatives. In 2016, she co-authored the report Engineering for Every K-12 Student based on her team's work on a National Science Foundation-funded landscape study of K-12 engineering education in Massachusetts. Tracy is also a mom, and in this post she describes some free science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources and programs that she hopes will be useful to other parents who are interested in the recent focus on STEM in their kids’ education. 

 

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EDC Continues Leadership of NSF STEM Learning and Research Center

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen EDC to continue to lead STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR), the national center that supports NSF-funded Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) projects.

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