STEM

Record Number of Students Taking and Passing Advanced Placement Exams

This article features a quote from June Mark, the Principal Investigator of EDC's and Berkeley's "Beauty and Joy of Computing, New York City" project. Mark and colleagues have developed an Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles course that students throughout New York City have taken and many of these students took--and passed the College Board's AP Computer Science exam: "Education Development Center (EDC) believes strongly in the value of learning computer science in today’s competitive world, and we’re thrilled to see such high levels of participation and success of NYC students in the new AP Computer Science (CS) Principles exam," said EDC Managing Project Director June Mark. “EDC is especially pleased to see greater participation among Black and Latino students and girls in AP computer science as we continue to expand CS learning opportunities for these students through our Beauty and Joy of Computing partnership, supported by the National Science Foundation. The Beauty and Joy of Computing partnership is a collaboration among EDC, NYCDOE, University of California Berkeley, and CSNYC.”

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Thu, 10/12/2017

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EDC Receives Eight New Grants to Enhance, Study STEM Education

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EDC has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation that will enable the global nonprofit to launch eight new initiatives and continue ongoing work to enhance preK-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and improve outcomes for students. Over the next several years, EDC experts will carry out the following STEM-related R&D, evaluation, technical support, and professional development work:

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Broadening Participation in Computer Science Education

Sun, 10/01/2017

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Jennifer Stiles

This brief describes the importance of expanding access to computer science (CS) learning and details EDC’s work to ensure all students have high-quality CS educations.

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4pp.

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A Close-Up Look at the State of Cyberlearning and the Future of Learning with Technology

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Wendy Martin advances knowledge of how key aspects of education programs influence impact and participant experience. She specializes in leading formative research and collaborative co-design projects that deepen understanding of how to design effective educational technologies and integrate them into educational environments to enhance students' learning. Currently, Wendy is conducting an evaluation of the CS4All initiative in New York City with colleagues at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Wendy is also a staff member on the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL) led by SRI and EDC. In this post, she discusses an October 2017 publication, "Cyberlearning Community Report: The State of Cyberlearning and the Future of Learning with Technology" that she co-edited and co-authored.

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Why Computer Science Education? A Toolkit for Parents

Thu, 09/21/2017

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Candace Brooks, Kim Elliott

This toolkit links parents to a wide array of resources—including “fast facts,” fun family activities, and scholarship info—to prepare children and youth to thrive in our wired world and its workplaces.

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16pp.

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Quick-Click Tour: EDC's New Resources

Mon, 09/18/2017

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Staff

This "Quick-Click Tour" tour offers a fast way to explore over 100 of the new resources—including videos, articles, toolkits, online resources, books, reports, and briefs—that EDC produced in FY17. Videos can be viewed within this issuu document.

Explore EDC's new resources in this quick-click tour

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Kelsey Klein

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Klein

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Kelsey Klein specializes in research, evaluation, measurement, and statistical data analysis. She has extensive expertise in survey design and implementation, with a methodological focus on psychometrics and multilevel modeling. To all of her work, she brings a deep commitment to working with practitioners to design and conduct studies that advance knowledge of effective strategies to improve outcomes for students who face significant opportunity gaps and are most at risk.  

Klein is contributing her quantitative research and methodological expertise to EDC's Beauty and Joy of Computing for New York City initiative. This National Science Foundation-funded Mathematics and Science Partnership is developing and testing an Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles course​ to attract non-traditional computing students (particularly female and underrepresented minority students) to the breadth and depth of ideas in modern computer science. She is playing a key role in data collection, analysis, and reporting on the implementation and scale-up of the course.

Through her research assistantship at Boston College, Klein is also supporting EDC’s research efforts on the NSF-funded project, Supporting Success in Algebra: A Study of the Implementation of Transition to Algebra. This study is examining the implementation and impact of EDC’s Transition to Algebra, a year-long mathematics course intended to be taken concurrently with Algebra I to provide additional support for students who are underprepared for Algebra.

Klein is co-author of “Suppressor Variables: The Difference between ‘Is’ versus ‘Acting As’” (Journal of Statistics Education).

Before joining EDC, Klein was a graduate research assistant at Boston College, where she participated in the refinement of a scale to measure older adult engagement in productive activities and served as a graduate teaching assistant. She began her research and evaluation career as an undergraduate research consultant for the Center for Applied Statistics and Evaluation (CASE) at Truman State University.

Klein received a BS in Psychology from Truman State University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment, formerly Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

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Research Associate

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2920

Investing in Future Scientists: ABE Program’s Reach and Impact Grows

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EDC Senior Project Director Rebecca Lewis leads initiatives that get students excited about STEM, while giving them the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in and beyond school. As the Director of the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Program Office at EDC, Rebecca works closely with the Amgen Foundation to empower teachers to bring advanced biotechnology into their classrooms and inspire students to pursue careers in biotech and other science disciplines. In this post, Rebecca describes the driving force behind Amgen’s latest investment in ABE and reflects on the program’s powerful impact on students and teachers around the world.

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"Formative Assessment” Practices: “But Isn’t It Just Good Teaching?"

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Susan Janssen Creighton is a nationally known expert in professional development and middle grades mathematics instructional design. She is the lead author of the Corwin book, Bringing Math Students into the Formative Assessment Equation: Tools and Strategies for the Middle Grades, and leads innovative mathematics R&D supported by the National Science Foundation and state agencies. To all of her work, she brings insights from her experience as a middle school and high school mathematics teacher. Currently Susan is supporting teachers in developing instructional models that help students become more engaged, independent learners by giving them an active role in monitoring and directing their own mathematics learning. In this post, she shares some lessons learned and insights from this work.

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