Resource Library

EDC’s Learning and Teaching Division produces resources in the form of reports, books, Web-based tools, and multimedia for stakeholders across the education continuum. Some of these resources are developed exclusively by EDC while others are the result of collaborations with federal and state government, universities, foundations, and other funders.

Title Description Typesort descending Year
Foundations of Science Literacy

This study, published in Early Education and Development,  presents the results of efficacy research on Foundations of Science Literacy (FSL), a comprehensive...

Publication 2017
Making Science Mentors: A 10-Session Guide for Middle Grades

Making Science Mentors prepares effective mentors of middle school science teachers using a long-term, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning how to be a more effective science educator. Developed under a grant from the National...

Publication 2007
Tools of Science Inquiry that Support Life Science Investigations

This article, published in the National Science Teachers Association’s journal Science and Children, describes the important role that simple tools –such as trowels, hand lenses, terraria, measuring devices, and tools for recording and...

Publication 2015
Design It! Engineering in After School Programs

A series of 14 design engineering booklets that include student and teacher guidance for implementing long-term activities such as designing a pinball game or building a trebuchet. The projects were developed for 8-12 year olds in after school...

Publication 2002
Education Week Commentary: For Science Standards, Begin at the Beginning

In this Education Week Commentary, the authors suggest that the wisest strategy to ensure effective implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is to phase the standards in slowly, starting with a school's earliest...

Publication 2014
When Do Students in Low-SES Schools Perform Better-Than-Expected on a High-Stakes Test

This empirical study, published in Urban Education, analyzed data from 638 teachers and 11,800 students in low-socioeconomic status (SES) urban schools (and schools with urban characteristics) exploring associations of school, teacher,...

Publication 2016
Recent Initiatives to Improve Alignment and Instructional Quality in Science Education in the States

This paper examines states that are addressing the issues of coherence, instructional quality, and student support for improving science education. To provide an up-to-date review of initiatives in progress, we conducted interviews with education...

Publication 2008
Re-imagining A Curriculum Guide for Teachers in Digital Format: A Collaboration Crossing Geographical, Disciplinary, and Cultural Boundaries

In this white paper, one in a series of three, the authors share lessons learned from EDC's National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Electronic Teacher Guide (eTG) project–...

Publication 2015
Profile of the Big-Data-Enabled Specialist

In this profile, developed for K-12 educators and policymakers, higher education administrators, and professionals in big-data-enabled fields, the authors identify what someone needs to know and be able to do in order to be successful in the...

Publication 2014
Biology/Biotechnology Curriculum Unit 1: Microbe Detectives: Solving a Medical Mystery

This high school curriculum integrates the conceptual, analytical learning of biology with the technical, applied learning of biotechnology. The curriculum enables academic students to relate the concepts they learn in the classroom to real uses...

Publication 2003
Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Winter Ponds

One of a three-part series, this Guide features activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photography, drawing, activity challenges, and scientific experiments. Written by EDC’s...

Publication 2014
Engineering for Every K–12 Student: A Landscape Analysis of K–12 Engineering Education in the Greater Boston Region

This landscape study, funded by the National Science Foundation and developed collaboratively by EDC and Tufts University, takes a look at the state of K–12 engineering education in the Greater Boston region. Through targeted interviews with and...

Publication 2016
Learning from Innovative Instructional Materials and Making Them Your Own

Miller and Krumhansl contributed this chapter to Reforming Secondary Science Instruction edited by Julie Gess-Newsome, Julie Luft, and Randy L. Bell. Most science educators believe that innovative instructional materials can transform...

Publication 2009
Harvesting A Sea of Data

This article provides a close-up look at EDC's and Stanford University's innnovative Ocean Tracks program. Ocean Tracks is a Web interface that provides students with free...

Publication 2015
Quick-Click Tour of LTD FY15 Resources

This "Quick-Click Tour" presents some of the online and print resources that the Learning and Teaching Division at EDC produced from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

Publication 2015
Biology/Biotechnology Curriculum Unit 2: A Genetic Puzzle: The Search for a Solution

This high school curriculum integrates the conceptual, analytical learning of biology with the technical, applied learning of biotechnology. The curriculum enables academic students to relate the concepts they learn in the classroom to real uses...

Publication 2003
Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Fall Trees

As youth observe trees and plants, they develop a better understanding of the environmental conditions that affect how trees and plants grow. One of a three-part series, this Guide features engaging activities that bring middle school youth...

Publication 2014
Early STEM Learning at EDC

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of some of EDC's work to ensure that all young children—and especially young children who live in low-income communities and are members of underrepresented groups—can access high-quality early STEM...

Publication 2017
Researching the Sustainability of Reform: Site Reports and Articles

The completed Researching the Sustainability of Reform (RSR) project focused on the question of how to maintain the gains of an initial educational change process and support continuing reform over time. Within the broader study of sustainability...

Publication 2002
Gimme an E!

This article, published in Science and Children, reveals the successful strategies used by preschool teachers in Hartford, CT, that effectively supported young children’s physical science and engineering learning. Children naturally...

Publication 2015