How to Engage with School Partners? Tips for Researchers from One Project In Maine

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Karen Shakman, a lead researcher for the REL Northeast and Islands, and evaluator on several projects, specializes in advancing the field's knowledge of educator effectiveness systems and illuminating barriers and facilitators to sustaining K-12 education reforms. She brings significant expertise in collaborative research and works to deepen practitioners' understanding of program evaluation, research design, and data analysis. Karen is also the co-director of the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, funded by the Nellie Mae Foundation. In this post, originally published on the Students at the Center blog, Karen highlights discoveries from the study “Toward an empirically grounded understanding of student-centered learning implementation: Investigating implementation and outcomes."

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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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NYC DOE Newsroom

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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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EDC Joins Partners in Launching Career Academy Leaders Collaborative Fellowship

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On August 24 to 26, EDC joined its partners, the National Career Academy Coalition, University of Florida Lastinger Center, and School Reform Initiative, in Miami, Florida in launching a new, year-long Fellowship—the Career Academy Leaders Collaborative (CALC)—for career academy educators from across the United States. The four organizations, all national leaders in college and career preparation innovation, have co-designed and are delivering this powerful new professional learning opportunity.

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Everyone's Worried About Fake News: What Can Teachers Do About It?

In this article, EDC experts Eliza Fabillar, Tony Streit, and Bill Tally share their insights on the crucial importance of teachers fostering students' media literacy, informed use of social media, and civil discourse: "Not only do teachers need to help their students understand the difference between real and fake news stories, but they need to guide them in learning how to consume, understand, and create media that is relevant to their lives...In a democratic society, it’s every teacher’s responsibility to educate their students on how to be citizens, and being able to make sense of media is a critical part of that education...We need to make media literacy instruction more nimble to better address the media environments in which young people are spending time. This means talking about social media and having real conversations about truth, ethics, and the responsibilities of digital citizenship..."

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EDC Newsroom

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Mon, 08/21/2017

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EDC Receives IES Grant to Examine Career-Tech Education Outcomes

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With a $1.38M grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences, Katherine Shields, Ilene Kantrov, Lynn Goldsmith, Sarah Ryan, Tracy McMahon, and David Bamat are examining relationships between high school students’ academic outcomes and their participation in different modes of career and technical education (CTE). The study is timely.

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Something New For Baby To Chew On: Rocket Science And Quantum Physics

In this article, Education Development Center science expert and Wheelock College instructor Jeff Winokur weighs in on the important role that hands-on exploration plays in learning and literacy: "Connecting the books to the real world is the best thing parents can do," says Jeff Winokur. "It's important to give kids physical experiences and a chance to talk about them," says Winokur, who remembers learning to dislike science by reading about it.

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NPR

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Mon, 07/10/2017

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Our Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Work Matters

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David Bamat, EDC researcher and former middle school/high school teacher, has a keen interest in advancing knowledge of effective strategies to promote education equity and reform. Bamat, a doctoral student at Boston College, is currently contributing his quantitative and qualitative research expertise to several Regional Educational Laboratory-Northeast & Islands studies. With Principal Investigator Clare Irwin, he co-authored a report, "Patterns of Classroom Quality in Head Start and Center-Based Early Childhood Education Programs," that presents findings from a study that explored whether multiple measures of diverse aspects of classroom quality can be used to classify early childhood classrooms into classroom quality groups. He and Irwin presented findings from the study at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. During this post, he reflects on that experience and how it reinforced the importance of the REL's strong emphasis on researcher-practitioner partnerships to ensure that research responds to practitioners' needs and priorities.

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