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Stories from ITEST: Inspiring Young People to Pursue STEM Careers

Thu, 12/01/2016

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This special issue of Journal of Science Education and Technology spotlights findings from the trailblazing STEM education and workforce development efforts of National Science Foundation-funded Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) projects supported by EDC’s STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR).

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EDC Develops Special Issue of Journal of Science Education and Technology

Journal of Science Education and Technology

The new issue of Journal of Science Education and Technology, “Stories from ITEST: Inspiring Young People to Pursue STEM Careers,” Caroline Parkerspotlights findings from the trailblazing STEM education and workforce development efforts of National Science Foundation-funded Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) projects.

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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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Oral and Written Mathematics: A Story from Kindergarten

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Paul Goldenberg has over 40 years of experience in K–12 mathematics curriculum development, research, and professional development. He leads a wide range of EDC projects that foster a love of and enthusiasm for mathematics in learners from early childhood through adulthood, and has taught self-contained elementary (Grades 2 and 4), middle and high school mathematics, and college and graduate school mathematics and psychology. In this post, the first in a series that will invite readers to take a look inside children's early mathematics explorations and epiphanies, Paul describes the connection between oral and written mathematics through the eyes of six-year-old Aaron.

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EDC Launches Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data

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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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Standing Up and Being Counted

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Randy Kochevar,  Director of EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, brings passion for science and conservation—as well as a proven ability to make complex scientific concepts engaging and comprehensible for diverse audiences—to his R&D of innovative online educational resources for teachers, students, and the public. Trained as a marine biologist, Randy leads a team that is working to transform K–16 science education to support students' entry into a world of big data through instructional design, research, and strategic partnerships with education and industry leaders. Currently, he is an investigator on the Ocean Tracks, CODAP, and Real World, Real Science programs. In this post, first published on the Oceans of Data Institute's blog, Randy discusses how important it is for our students to have the tools they need to be informed and to think for themselves.

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Contextualized Curriculum for Adult Learners

Wed, 11/02/2016

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Education Development Center

EDC is working with developmental education and adult basic education faculty, instructors, program leaders and industry advisors from across Massachusetts through a grant from the MCCWDTA to provide and share contextualized curriculum modules that can be flexibly integrated into a range of developmental, adult basic education and industry-specific programs. This website includes curriculum modules targeting core topics in mathematics and literacy contextualized to three key MCCWDTA industries: healthcare, advanced manufacturing and information technology.

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Keeping It Real: Building Bridges Between Employers and Schools

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Jessica Juliuson supports districts and schools in making systemic changes to ensure youth acquire the skills and knowledge they need to become productive members of the workforce. To this work, she brings over 20 years of experience in advancing innovations in instructional design and teacher development that enhance learning, promote civic engagement, and improve academic achievement—with an emphasis on equitable expectations, resources, and opportunities for all youth. As a member of an EDC team that has played a lead role in the design and implementation of the Ford Next Generation (NGL) initiative, she manages professional development for a wide network of STEM academies, while coordinating team externships that strengthen collaboration among schools, local communities, and industries. On November 9, Jessica and her colleague Ilene Kantrov will present this work at the 20th Annual National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) Conference. In this post, Jessica shares some insights on the pivotal role that close collaborations between employers and schools plays in supporting college and career success. 

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EDC Contributes to National Computer Science Education Summit

White House

EDC’s Pam Buffington, Shelley Pasnik, and Jim Stanton were invited presenters at the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Summit last week. Held at the White House and George Washington University, the summit marked the first time that the 17 states leading state-level, systemic computer science (CS) education reform came together to share their work and meet with researchers who can inform their efforts.

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Lights on Afterschool...Educators! Strategies to Support Staff

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Kate Goddard specializes in designing, implementing, and supporting the continuous improvement of technology- and media-based out-of-school time (OST) programs. As an EDC Training & Technical Assistance Associate, she contributes her expertise to initiatives that seek to strengthen and support the OST workforce, including YouthLearn. From 2007 to 2016, she advanced the mission of Adobe Foundation’s philanthropic initiative Adobe Youth Voices by building the capacity of programs and educators around the globe to implement  youth media programming. To all of her work, she brings a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of OST educators, drawn from her experience working with youth and facilitating creative learning experiences at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Denver Open Media, and Girls Inc. In this post, written in honor of Lights On Afterschool, Kate shares tips and strategies to support afterschool educators in their important work.

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