How to Help Tweens Navigate Social Media

How do you raise safe, healthy middle schoolers in the age of cell phones and social media? In this feature, EDC experts Shari Kessel Schneider, Bill Tally, and Shelley Pasnik describe five effective strategies--"ask questions," "model appropriate behavior," "stay connected," "talk about social media," "broaden the experience"--that parents can use to help tweens learn and thrive online.

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EDC Newsroom

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Tue, 05/23/2017

Crossroads 2017

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05/24/2017
San Francisco, CA

At the Crossroads 2017 Conference, Jim Stanton, Hal Speed (CS4TX / Micro:bit Education Foundation), and Jennifer Zinth (Education Commission of the States), will take part in a panel moderated by Cameron Wilson (Code.org): "The National Computer Science Education Policy Landscape." During the panel, Jim and his colleagues will discuss findings from the recent report, "

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Next Gen Workforce Now: Toward A Nation of Computer-Fluent Youth

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Joyce Malyn-Smith a nationally-recognized thought leader in the field of workforce development, brings specialization in effective strategies to promote STEM career readiness and success. Currently, she is leading several initiatives that focus on fostering key workforce competencies (e.g., computational thinking, computing skills, data literacy) in K-12 students. Working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, she is leading a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded initiative to expand and strengthen computer science education throughout Massachusetts. With NSF support, Malyn-Smith is leading a national computational thinking forum at EDC and is heading up an initiative to design online learning experiences that will prepare a large, diverse group of high school teachers to implement the Exploring Computer Science curriculum. In her work for the Oceans of Data Institute, she is co-leading work with four community colleges to create a career pathway model for big data careers. In this post, which is also featured on American Youth Policy Forum's blog, she shares her insights on essential steps to take to foster a strong future workforce.

 

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5 Tips to Promote Kids' Mental Health

In this feature article written in honor of Mental Health Awareness Day 2017, two of EDC's early childhood mental health experts, Mary Mackrain and Nancy Topping-Tailby, share five simple, yet highly effective evidence-based strategies to promote children's sound mental health and healthy development. “Enrich children’s daily routines by sharing looks, smiles, conversations, and stories,” Mary Mackrain says. “Putting down the phone and really engaging in uninterrupted play helps your child learn how to play, feel valued, and get along with others throughout life.” Topping-Tailby agrees. She suggests that parents set aside time to be with their children, no matter how old they are. “Reminding ourselves to live in the moment, and just be with our children, is important,” she says. “It’s sometimes hard not to focus on the next 10 things we have to do. But any time you can set aside for them helps build that parent-child relationship, which promotes positive mental health.”

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EDC Newsroom

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Wed, 04/26/2017

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EDC and Crystal Bridges Launch New Online Scholar Program

Kirsten Peterson

With help from EDC, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has launched the Crystal Bridges Online Scholar Program, an all-expense-paid, four-week course for arts and humanities educators who work with learners in grades 9 and up. Applications for the first session in summer 2017 are due April 25. Applications for the second session in late summer/early fall 2017 are due June 30.

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EDC Expert Featured in Family Engagement Panel at WQED Institute

Naomi Hupert

EDC Research Scientist Naomi Hupert (at left) was a featured panelist in the WQED Institute for Digital Innovation, Education and Family Engagement. During the Institute, Hupert discussed findings from EDC’s research on the role that technology can play in helping families and teachers promote young children’s school readiness and success.

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States All Over the Map On Setting Computer Science Policy

This article spotlights a new report, "State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K-12 Computer Science Education," co-authored by EDC and partners. The authors quote EDC Senior Project Director Jim Stanton, who is the lead author of the report: Stanton said that educators basically have to "build the plane while flying it," as computer science has a much shorter history and is less established as a discipline in schools than other subjects. But, he said, "there's been such an extraordinary transformation in our world and economy just over the past 15 years. Tech is ubiquitous. As an education community, we haven't grasped how quickly things are moving and how essential these skills will be." He said students need to understand computer science to engage in civic discourse about issues like data and privacy.

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Education Week

Publication Date: 

Thu, 04/13/2017

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