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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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18 pp.

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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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Workforce Education Models for K–12 STEM Education Programs: Reflections on, and Implications for, the NSF ITEST Program

Wed, 07/20/2016

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David Reider, Kirk Knestis, Joyce Malyn-Smith

The authors of this article propose a STEM workforce education logic model, tailored to the particular context of the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. This model aims to help program designers and researchers address challenges particular to designing, implementing, and studying education innovations in the ITEST program, considering ongoing needs and challenges in STEM workforce education in the United States.

Journal of Science Education and Technology

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12 pp.

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EDC-Led Symposium Explores Role of Digital Games in Early Learning

Naomi Hupert

EDC Research Scientist Naomi Hupert (at left) led a symposium, “Designing Educational Games for Early Learners,” that examined the benefits and challenges of using digital games to support preschool children’s learning. Held at the annual Games+Learning+Society (GLS12) Conference in Madison, Wisconsin—the leading forum focused on videogames and learning in the U.S.—the symposium featured Jillian Orr of WGBH, Camellia Sanford of Rockman et al, and Phil Vahey of SRI Education.

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Cracking the Code: Giving More Students Access to Computer Science

This article highlights the work of the EDC-led Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) and quotes EDC's Jim Stanton: "Jim Stanton, Executive Director of MassCAN and Senior Project Director at the Massachusetts-based EDC, emphasized the importance of getting all stakeholders involved to provide students with what he termed 'indispensable skills in all industries and careers, nationally and globally.' He stressed the need for every student to gain these essential 21st century skills, warning that in the current workforce, 82 percent of those with CS qualifications are male, and 83 percent are White or Asian. That is not a sustainable model for filling all the necessary jobs requiring CS, and thus we need more young women and historically underrepresented groups taking CS."

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American Youth Policy Forum

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Mon, 07/25/2016

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Dramatic Change, Persistent Challenges: A Five-Year View of Children’s Educational Media as Resources for Equity

Thu, 03/10/2016

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Shelley Pasnik, Carlin Llorente, Naomi Hupert, Savitha Moorthy

EDC researchers and colleagues from SRI have published a new article in a special commemorative issue of Journal of Children and Media that celebrates the publication’s 10-year anniversary. The article provides a review of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)-Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Ready to Learn Initiative within the educational media landscape. From an analysis of existing literature and interviews with 25 U.S.

Dramatic Change, Persistent Challenges: A Five-Year View of Children’s Educational Media as Resources for Equity

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9 pp.

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Digital Badges for Professional Development: Teachers’ Perceptions of the Value of a New Credentialing Currency

Thu, 06/30/2016

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This chapter discusses findings from a 1-year exploratory study of an online teacher professional development (PD) program, and an accompanying digital badge system. Twenty-nine middle and high school history and social studies teachers from 13 states participated in the design-based research (DBR) study. Data include responses to online surveys, back-end activity logs, and interviews. Because the badge system was based on a mastery-based approach to teacher professional development and required a significant time commitment, relatively few participants obtained badges.

Digital badges for professional development

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19 pp.

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