New CADRE Toolkit Shares Effective Dissemination Strategies

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  Leana Nordstrom brings a diverse set of communications and project management skills to EDC's STEM education initiatives. Currently, she manages the CADRE (Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education) resource network that EDC leads for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Discovery Research PreK-12 Program. In this role, she oversees the project’s social media outreach and other communications, contributes to the project’s website content, and manages the logistical aspects of CADRE’s work. As the communications lead for EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), she disseminates the work of ODI’s portfolio of projects through newsletters, a website, blogs, press releases, and social media. In this post, Leana describes a user-friendly toolkit that CADRE has developed to help researchers strategically disseminate their findings to support the field in improving STEM education. The toolkit also provides guidance for anyone who wants to communicate important messages to key target audiences.   

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Tool Aims to Help Schools Better Identify English-Language Learners

This article spotlights the Home Language Survey Data Quality Self-Assessment tool developed by EDC's REL Northeast & Islands. The new tool will help educators evaluate the effectiveness of the surveys that schools use to identify English-language learners. The tools aims to allow schools to more accurately identify potential English-learners, avoid misidentifying students who don't need extra services, and allow for money dedicated to help students flow to district and schools who need it the most.

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Education Week

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Mon, 03/06/2017

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EDC Presents Afterschool Care Recommendations at Mass. State House

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Improving the quality of services that afterschool and out-of-school time (ASOST) programs provide will be complex and require collaboration among many decision makers and program staff, EDC’s Meghan Broadstone told a group of lawmakers and stakeholders at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, January 31.

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AOCC 2017

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03/03/2017
Cambridge, MA

From 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Leanne Trujillo, Lauren Katzman, Ron Walker, Alexis Morgan, and Caroline Parker will participate in a featured panel, "Disproportionality in Special Education: A Call to Action," at the 2017 Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni of Color Conference. This year's conference will feature keynotes by Dr. Rhonda Williams, Dr. Bettina Love, Simran Noor, Dr. Peter Keo, Dr.

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EDC Supports NSF in Hosting First INCLUDES PI Meeting

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On January 4-6, 2017, EDC supported the National Science Foundation (NSF) in hosting the first NSF INCLUDES Principal Investigator Meeting in Arlington, VA. Through the INCLUDES initiative, the NSF is working to Identify proven, innovative ideas that create access to science and engineering for groups traditionally underrepresented in those fields, and then scale up those ideas to help more people.

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Learning Math with Your Preschoolers: Fun in the Talking and Playing

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Yen Thieu, an EDC research associate, brings a strong background in early childhood education to her work on the Games for Young Mathematicians research project, an initiative in which she is coordinating a large-scale data collection process, managing extensive datasets, and contributing to data analysis. Currently, Yen is leading three large teams of data collectors who are conducting child assessments in early math knowledge and skills with over 700 preschoolers in Head Start centers. She is also spearheading the communication and dissemination efforts of the project, as well as contributing to the writing of reports and professional development materials. In this post, Yen draws on her experience as a researcher and mother of young children and shares some thoughts about the key role that parents and early childhood teachers can play in promoting children’s long-term successful mathematics learning, as well as some practical tips for parents and teachers. 

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Variation Across Hispanic Immigrant Generations in Parent Social Capital, College-Aligned Actions, and Four-Year College Enrollment

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Sarah Ryan, Robert K. Ream (University of California, Riverside)

This article, published in the American Educational Research Journal, investigates the process of four-year college enrollment among different immigrant generations of Hispanic adolescents. Of particular interest is how parents of Hispanic youth use resources embedded in their social networks to promote their children’s engagement in college-aligned actions and whether this process varies according to student immigrant generation status.

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Why Does Investing in Young Children Matter?

In this feature article, four of EDC's early childhood experts--Jana Martella, Rachel Christina, Mary Mackrain, and David Jacobson--discuss the key role that early childhood programs play in setting the stage for young children's successful lifelong learning and good health. In the U.S., early childhood programs have been proven to provide a return on investment of $7 in long-term benefits for every $1 invested--including in strengthening the future workforce by ensuring all children enter school ready to learn and succeed--and the return on investment is even greater in impoverished communities around the world.

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EDC Newsroom

Publication Date: 

Mon, 01/23/2017

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Meeting Children’s Unmet Needs through Strategic Partnerships

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Jessica Auerbach specializes in strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of early childhood comprehensive systems that coordinate all child- and family-serving programs to strengthen services and improve outcomes. As a member of the Home Visiting Impact Improvement Center Team (HV-ImpACT), Jessica is providing technical assistance to Federal Home Visiting Program awardees as they implement evidence-based home visiting models to support families and enhance young children’s health, well-being, and school readiness. Previously, as the Senior Program Manager for Young Child Wellness at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Jessica received technical assistance from Education Development Center (EDC), Zero to Three, AIR, and Georgetown University through Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health). With five other Project LAUNCH grantees, Jessica has co-authored a new e-book that shares the impacts of Project LAUNCH in these communities. In this post, Jessica reflects on the important role that strategic partnerships play both in her current work as an EDC technical assistance provider and in her prior work in the Project LAUNCH initiative.

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EDC and Partners Expand Computer Science Education

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With grants totaling $27 million from government, foundation, industry, and higher education partners, EDC is leading a PreK-12 initiative to broaden student access to high-quality computer science (CS) learning. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that all students are computer literate by the time they graduate from high school, are ready to succeed in a wide variety of careers, and are prepared to be informed decision makers in an increasingly wired world.

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