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Success at the Core

Mon, 03/02/2015

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Education Development Center, Inc. and Vulcan Productions

Launched by EDC and Vulcan Productions in 2010 and now available on The Teaching Channel, Success at the Core (SaC) is a free professional development toolkit designed to help teams and teachers understand, embrace, and implement a vision of effective school leadership and teaching that prepares all students for success in college and careers.

Professional development and leadership development

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EDC's Interdisciplinary Science and Literacy Resources

Sun, 02/12/2017

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Education Development Center

EDC designs curricula and instructional resources that help teachers weave effective literacy instruction into rich science explorations and investigations. Our literacy-infused science materials have been published by Redleaf Press, LAB-AIDS, Carolina Biological Supply, and Heinemann. View the following resources to learn more:

Essentials of Science and Literacy

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American Association for the Advancement of Science Shares EDC Findings

This AAAS News feature focuses on the findings from a new report co-authored by EDC Distinguished Scholar and Research Scientist Wendy Martin that presents findings from their evaluation of the Kinetic City Empower Project (KC Empower): "The KC Empower Project first selected sample activities from The KC After School project, tested them with kids with varied special needs, received feedback from both the kids and adults involved, and huddled with an advisory board of researchers who specialize in accessibility. They then made changes to the activities based on the recommendations, and tested the improved activities to see if the changes had enhanced accessibility...."A lot of people making activities think that if they make them accessible they will be less fun and less effective for everybody else," said Hirshon. However, research conducted by EDC's Center for Children and Technology as part of his project generally dispelled such preconceived notions. CCT found that redesigning the activities not only made them more appealing and inclusive for children in special needs environments, but also made them more effective in general, and more responsive to different learning styles.

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AAAS News

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Sun, 01/24/2016

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EDC Expert Contributes to New NRC Report on Science Teachers’ Learning

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Barbara Miller, former EDC Vice President and Associate Director of EDC’s Learning & Teaching Division, served as a member of a National Research Council committee that has produced a newly released report focused on science educators, Science Teachers’ Learning: Enhancing Opportunities, Creating Supportive Contexts.

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Spreading the Word about Successful STEM Education

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Catherine McCulloch, with a strong team from EDC and external partners, works to address national concerns about the gap between research and practice in K–12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. In this post, she reflect on EDC's partnership with the NSF and National Research Council (NRC) to share findings and implications from the NRC report Successful K–12 STEM Education.

Catherine McCulloch, with a strong team from EDC and external partners, works to address national concerns about the gap between research and practice in K–12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. In this post, she reflect on EDC's partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Research Council (NRC) to share findings and implications from the NRC report Successful K–12 STEM Education.

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STEM Smart Workshop

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02/01/2016
San Francisco, CA

From 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. PT, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and EDC invite administrators, researchers, policy-makers, and all who are interested in effective STEM education to take part in the free, NSF-sponsored STEM Smart Workshop at the Hilton San Francisco-Financial District. Led and organized by EDC, this event will provide rich learning and networking opportunities as you explore the NSF's K-12 research and resources with a special emphasis on standards-based instruction in science.

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Registration Open for NSF-Sponsored STEM Smart Event in San Francisco

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On February 1, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is sponsoring a STEM Smart Workshop featuring national STEM education experts at the Hilton San Francisco-Financial District. Led and organized by EDC, the workshop, Focus on Instructional Materials, is free and registration is now open to educators, administrators, researchers, policy makers, industry representatives, and all others.

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Twitter, Facebook – What’s the Difference?

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Michelle Cerrone, a researcher at EDC’s Center for Children and Technology, focuses on advancing the field’s knowledge of effective STEM education, teacher development, and the role of digital media in K-12 classrooms. Currently, she is contributing her expertise in survey design as an investigator on EDC’s National Science Foundation-funded TwISLE (Twitter and Informal Science Learning and Engagement) study team. TwISLE is one of the first efforts to explore the ways in which people use social media venues like Twitter to engage in public science discussions. In this post, Michelle shares some of TwISLE’s early findings on how people perceive and use Twitter and Facebook.

Michelle Cerrone, a researcher at EDC’s Center for Children and Technology, focuses on advancing the field’s knowledge of effective STEM education, teacher development, and the role of digital media in K-12 classrooms. Currently, she is contributing her expertise in survey design as an investigator on EDC’s National Science Foundation-funded TwISLE (Twitter and Informal Science Learning and Engagement) study team.

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