Strong PI/Evaluator Partnerships: A "User's Guide"

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Leslie Goodyear, PhD, brings more than 16 years of experience evaluating educational projects and programs at local, regional, national, and international levels. Goodyear, the President-Elect of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, has conducted evaluations and evaluation capacity building in formal and informal educational settings, afterschool, youth civic engagement, HIV prevention, youth development, and human services programs, with a recent focus on STEM programs in informal settings. In this blog post, she describes a free online guide that is designed to promote strong, productive Principal Investigator/Evaluator partnerships.

Leslie Goodyear

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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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Principal Leadership Is Key Factor in Teachers’ Satisfaction with Evaluation Systems

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Jessica Bailey specializes in measurement, evaluation, and assessment within the wider scope of her research and analytic support. Currently, she is providing research expertise for two REL Northeast & Islands research alliances—the Urban School Improvement Alliance and the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance. She is the principal investigator for a study on the role of teacher characteristics in educator evaluation. As a lead content developer for an assessment literacy project for the state of Illinois, Bailey helped create a series of online modules and in-person professional development on developing high-quality assessments in traditionally non-tested grades and subjects. She also acts as an evaluator, providing evaluation services relating to educator evaluation systems. In this blog post, Jessica describes a recent data analysis about teachers' self-reported views of their schools' professional climate and their satisfaction with their formal evaluation process.

Jessica Bailey

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EDC and Bank Street Receive Grant from CME Foundation

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Bank Street College of Education and EDC have received a grant from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group Foundation to support teacher leaders, math coaches, assistant principals, and principals from 15 Chicago Public Schools in guiding the implementation of our Math for All professional development program with teachers.

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Mass Has New K-12 Standards for Digital Literacy, Computer Science

This article announces the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's unanimous approval of new digital literacy and computer science standards developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education in collaboration with key EDC staff that lead the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) and with significant input from a Review Panel of educators and industry representatives that helped guide and inform the work. The author calls out one of EDC's exciting computer science education initiatives: "The department is also partnering with the Education Development Center, MassCAN's lead partner, on a $2.1 million, three-year National Science Foundation grant, intended to develop elementary curriculum units that integrate computational thinking in math and science classes. One feature of the new standards is that they're aligned with existing state standards in English language arts, science and math."

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WBUR

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Wed, 06/29/2016

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Elevating and Enhancing the “E” in STEM Education

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Catherine McCulloch leads national initiatives focused on bridging STEM research and practice to improve outcomes for students. She is the co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) of Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) and STEM Smart, and project director for EDC’s Interactive STEM R+P Collaboratory team. As co-PI of the Massachusetts Engineering and Innovation Dissemination Community initiative, she recently concluded a landscape analysis of K-12 engineering education in Massachusetts with PI Darryl Williams of Tufts University and EDC colleagues Tracy McMahon and Leslie Goodyear. A new report by the team, Engineering for Every K–12 Student, presents key findings from the study that have important implications not just for Mass. K–20 educators, policymakers, and business and industry leaders, but for all of those who are interested or involved in expanding access to engineering education nationwide. In this post, Catherine reflects on the status of engineering education and shares a few key takeaways from the report.

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Midwest and Northeast States Discuss Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems

This article spotlights a recent forum organized by REL Northeast & Islands at EDC and REL Midwest that engaged states in discussing strategies, challenges, and successes related to early childhood integrated data system (ECIDS). Jacqueline Bourassa, EdD, facilitator of REL Northeast & Islands' Early Childhood Education Research Alliance said: “More progress has been made in ECIDS, and this work is the jumping off point.”

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REL Midwest Newsroom

Publication Date: 

Fri, 06/17/2016

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