As Data Proliferates Across Fields, A Call For Literacy

In this article, the author interviews Randy Kochevar, the Director of EDC's Oceans of Data Institute, who discusses the Institute's new report and explains why data literacy is so important in today's world: "Thanks to the Internet and other advances in technology, data of all sorts are more accessible than ever before. A new report from the Oceans of Data Institute, part of the nonprofit Education Development Center, asserts that students and teachers need a new focus on helping students understand and work with all of that information. Randy Kochevar, the director of the Oceans of Data Institute and a marine biologist (he says the institute's name's connection to his previous profession is a coincidence), said schools from elementary level to college need to help students learn how to work with the enormous amount of information we now have access to. 'Schools and teachers are recognizing that data and the ability to interact effectively with data is increasingly important,' Kochevar said. 'It touches all aspects of our life.'"

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Education Week

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Fri, 05/06/2016

EDC to Lead Federal Home Visiting Program TA Initiative

EDC provides support to Federal Home Visiting Program MIECHV

EDC will receive $13 million over the next five years to support grantees and staff of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems. Announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the HV-Improvement Action Center Team (HV-ImpACT) will advance grantees' work to provide evidence-based home visiting services that ensure at-risk pregnant mothers and families have the resources they need to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.

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Symposium Kicks Off to Study Math and Science Teacher Leadership

This article spotlights a three-day National Science Foundation-funded Math/Science Teacher Leadership Symposium presented by EDC, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, and the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation that convened leaders in math and science education and teacher leadership from across the nation: "The symposium is being held to identify and convey the key features of high-quality mathematics and science teacher leadership programs, in an effort to decrease fragmentation across mathematics and science education. The event will help develop recommendations for future practice and research in teacher leadership."

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The Colorado Springs Gazette

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Wed, 05/04/2016

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Teacher Evaluations: The Role of Principal Leadership and Trust

This article spotlights findings from a recent REL Northeast & Islands at EDC study: "Researchers Natalie Lacireno-Paquet and Candice Bocala of WestEd, and EDC's Jessica Bailey analyzed data from the federal Schools and Staffing Survey on more than 2.8 million teachers' satisfaction with their evaluation systems. Nearly 4 out of 5 teachers in the survey said they were very or somewhat satisfied with their evaluation process in the 2011-12 school year, when many districts were implementing new systems. They were less likely to be satisfied with evaluation systems that incorporated student test scores, but the effect of so-called value-added measures was not as important to teacher satisfaction as whether they trusted their principal's instructional leadership."

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Education Week

Publication Date: 

Wed, 05/04/2016

Why the World Needs Resilient Kids and How to Build Their Bounce

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Karen Cairone designs resources that build the capacity of early childhood educators, leaders, and parents to promote young children's resilience and that support the use of effective coping mechanisms to handle stress. She is an expert in child and adult mental health and resilience, social and emotional development, challenging behaviors in young children, product and training design, and training delivery. Currently, Karen is contributing to the EDC-led Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network. She also designs and conducts trainings on Preventing and Addressing Challenging Behaviors for one of EDC’s joint federally and state funded-projects, the Center for Early Learning Professionals. In this post, Karen discusses why it is so vital to promote all young children’s resilience and shares simple, yet effective ways that adults can help foster resilience.

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Using Texting to Encourage Participant Engagement and Retention

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Bri Hightower worked for EDC's Center for Children and Technology, where she contributed her methodological expertise to a wide range of EDC studies including EDC’s and SRI Education’s ongoing summative evaluation of the Ready To Learn initiative. In this post, Bri shared findings from her team’s experience using texting to engage, inform, and retain participants in a recent Ready To Learn home study on the impact of PEG+CAT transmedia on preschoolers. PIs Naomi Hupert and Shelley Pasnik presented from this study at the upcoming 2016 AERA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Bri Hightower worked for EDC’s Center for Children and Technology, where she contributed her methodological expertise to a wide range of EDC studies, including EDC’s and SRI Education’s ongoing summative evaluation of the Ready To Learn initiative.

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New Report: Public Media's Role in Promoting Equitable Access to High-Quality Early Learning

Role of public media in promoting equitable access to high-quality early learnin

In an illuminating new report, EDC and SRI share progress and potential leverage points in using educational media and community engagement to enhance the school readiness and success of children living in low-income households. As the summative evaluation partner to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS, EDC and SRI have measured children’s learning outcomes under Ready To Learn (RTL) for a decade.

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Article by EDC and SRI Staff Featured in Special Issue of Journal of Children and Media

Children and Media

EDC researchers and colleagues from SRI have published an article in a special commemorative issue of Journal of Children and Media that celebrates the publication’s 10-year anniversary.

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