Researchers Explore Ways to Embed Math Learning in Early Education

This article discusses comments made by a presenter at a December 3 National Science Foundation workshop that was co-hosted and organized by EDC as part of our two-year collaboration with the NSF to disseminate the Successful K-12 STEM Education report. The article links to the workshop agenda and related resources on EDC's Successful STEM Education website.

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Education Week

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Thu, 12/12/2013

Regional Education Laboratories Discuss Partnerships With Educators

In this article, Jill Weber, the Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) at EDC, discusses the goals of the REL-NEI's forum on collaborative research. The event brought together 85 research and education groups in Arlington, Virginia.

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Education Week

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Mon, 12/09/2013

EDC: New Program Office for Amgen Biotech Experience

Rebecca Lewis

The Amgen Foundation has selected EDC to be the Program Office for Amgen Biotech Experience, an innovative science education program that provides a real-world biotech lab experience to middle and high school students. EDC will support the program and facilitate its continued development in the United States and the United Kingdom. Rebecca Lewis (shown at left) will head up the Program Office for EDC.

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REL Northeast & Islands to Lead Forum on Collaborative Research

Jill Weber

On December 10, the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands will host a forum in Washington, D.C. focused on lessons learned from forming and sustaining researcher/practitioner partnerships. In January 2012, when the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) selected EDC to continue its leadership of the REL-NEI, staff began to build partnerships among policymakers, practitioners, and researchers as part of a heightened REL focus on collaborative research to advance education reform.

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Study Finds that Use of PBS KIDS Content in the Classroom Improves Early Math Skills in Preschool Children

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A new study conducted by EDC and SRI International found that the acquisition of essential early math skills, such as counting, recognizing numerals, recognizing shapes, and patterning, increased significantly among four- and five-year-old children from economically disadvantaged communities who participated in a 10-week PBS KIDS Transmedia Math Supplement initiative.

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Supporting "Connected Educators"

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Nevin Katz is an online learning specialist, published author/illustrator, and former science teacher. He designs mathematics and science courses for EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online program, including “Using Technology to Explore Weather and Climate.” An experienced programmer and Web developer, Nevin also designs interactives and apps for online courses and initiatives throughout EDC. In this post, written in honor of Connected Educators month (October 2013), Nevin reflects on the role that facilitated online courses can play in helping connected educators acquire new technology tools and practices.

Nevin Katz is an online learning specialist, published author/illustrator, and former science teacher. He designs mathematics and science courses for EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online program, including “Using Technology to Explore Weather and Climate.” An experienced programmer and Web developer, Nevin also designs interactives and apps for online courses and initiatives throughout EDC.

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NSF Grant to Help Connect Pittsburgh Teachers with Mathematicians

This Education Week article highlights EDC's new National Science Foundation-funded Mathematics and Science Partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University. Together, the partners are working to improve math instruction at the secondary level and close the opportunity gap faced by minority and low-income students: "The district will use the new funds to build on their previous work, continuing their partnership with EDC. 'That is one of NSF's intentions with the grant, that this is something that we tackle together,' Eden Badertscher, a senior project director at EDC [said] in a phone interview. Over the next five years, four-week immersion programs will be held for math teachers in the district during the summer, where they will work with mathematicians from the university partners. As part of that collaboration, the participants will explore best practices for reaching disadvantaged students and improving their math achievement. 'Teachers should feel that they have the support, knowledge, and capacity to reach every student,' said Badertscher."

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Education Week

Publication Date: 

Tue, 10/22/2013

Paying Our Debt to Underserved Students

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Eden M. Badertscher has extensive expertise in teacher education, mathematics curriculum and professional development, and advancing effective mathematics instruction in urban school districts. In the Mathematical Practice Institute, she leads a team in providing opportunities and tools for teachers and school administrators to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics' Standards for Mathematical Practice. Recently, PI Al Cuoco and co-PI Eden were awarded a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Mathematics and Science Partnership grant in the area of Current Issues Related to STEM content. In this post, Eden shares some thoughts on the focus of this important new effort to enhance mathematics education for marginalized students.

Eden M. Badertscher has extensive expertise in teacher education, mathematics curriculum and professional development, and advancing effective mathematics instruction in urban school districts.

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Grant Bolsters Pittsburgh Public Schools Math Effort

This article discusses the new National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership grant that EDC and its partners Pittsburgh Public Schools, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University have received. The grant will impact about 13,000 students--all of the district's students in grades 6-12 and have a special emphasis on closing opportunity gaps: "Eden Badertscher, senior project director at the Education Development Center, said the focus on the opportunity gap is not just for students who are readily able to engage in mathematical thinking but also for 'students who are really capable but have been marginalized over time because of how the system has worked against them.' Al Cuoco, distinguished scholar at the Education Development Center, said common folklore claims that students who struggle in algebra have weak arithmetic skills. But he said there are students who have strong arithmetic skills and still hit a brick wall when they get to algebra because they have difficulty with concepts and abstracting information from numerical calculations. He said math often focuses on the end product, but students need to understand the theory, make abstractions and develop mathematical habits of the mind."

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Publication Date: 

Wed, 10/16/2013

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