Curriculum

Record Number of Students Taking and Passing Advanced Placement Exams

This article features a quote from June Mark, the Principal Investigator of EDC's and Berkeley's "Beauty and Joy of Computing, New York City" project. Mark and colleagues have developed an Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles course that students throughout New York City have taken and many of these students took--and passed the College Board's AP Computer Science exam: "Education Development Center (EDC) believes strongly in the value of learning computer science in today’s competitive world, and we’re thrilled to see such high levels of participation and success of NYC students in the new AP Computer Science (CS) Principles exam," said EDC Managing Project Director June Mark. “EDC is especially pleased to see greater participation among Black and Latino students and girls in AP computer science as we continue to expand CS learning opportunities for these students through our Beauty and Joy of Computing partnership, supported by the National Science Foundation. The Beauty and Joy of Computing partnership is a collaboration among EDC, NYCDOE, University of California Berkeley, and CSNYC.”

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Thu, 10/12/2017

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EDC Receives Eight New Grants to Enhance, Study STEM Education

Girls Looking Through Magnifying Glass

EDC has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation that will enable the global nonprofit to launch eight new initiatives and continue ongoing work to enhance preK-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and improve outcomes for students. Over the next several years, EDC experts will carry out the following STEM-related R&D, evaluation, technical support, and professional development work:

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A Close-Up Look at the State of Cyberlearning and the Future of Learning with Technology

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Wendy Martin advances knowledge of how key aspects of education programs influence impact and participant experience. She specializes in leading formative research and collaborative co-design projects that deepen understanding of how to design effective educational technologies and integrate them into educational environments to enhance students' learning. Currently, Wendy is conducting an evaluation of the CS4All initiative in New York City with colleagues at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Wendy is also a staff member on the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL) led by SRI and EDC. In this post, she discusses an October 2017 publication, "Cyberlearning Community Report: The State of Cyberlearning and the Future of Learning with Technology" that she co-edited and co-authored.

Wendy Martin

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Quick-Click Tour: EDC's New Resources

Mon, 09/18/2017

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Staff

This "Quick-Click Tour" tour offers a fast way to explore over 100 of the new resources—including videos, articles, toolkits, online resources, books, reports, and briefs—that EDC produced in FY17. Videos can be viewed within this issuu document.

Explore EDC's new resources in this quick-click tour

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"Formative Assessment” Practices: “But Isn’t It Just Good Teaching?"

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Susan Janssen Creighton is a nationally known expert in professional development and middle grades mathematics instructional design. She is the lead author of the Corwin book, Bringing Math Students into the Formative Assessment Equation: Tools and Strategies for the Middle Grades, and leads innovative mathematics R&D supported by the National Science Foundation and state agencies. To all of her work, she brings insights from her experience as a middle school and high school mathematics teacher. Currently Susan is supporting teachers in developing instructional models that help students become more engaged, independent learners by giving them an active role in monitoring and directing their own mathematics learning. In this post, she shares some lessons learned and insights from this work.

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Young Learners and Technology

Fri, 09/01/2017

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Kimberly Elliott, Shelley Pasnik

EDC has found that digital resources, such as interactive mobile apps, online games with built-in assessments, and videos that tell compelling stories with a rich set of characters, can play productive roles in early teaching, learning, and health promotion. This fact sheet describes how we work with multi-sector partners to pioneer new ways to harness the power of digital tools to ensure all children and families thrive.

Young Learners and Technology

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Everyone's Worried About Fake News: What Can Teachers Do About It?

In this article, EDC experts Eliza Fabillar, Tony Streit, and Bill Tally share their insights on the crucial importance of teachers fostering students' media literacy, informed use of social media, and civil discourse: "Not only do teachers need to help their students understand the difference between real and fake news stories, but they need to guide them in learning how to consume, understand, and create media that is relevant to their lives...In a democratic society, it’s every teacher’s responsibility to educate their students on how to be citizens, and being able to make sense of media is a critical part of that education...We need to make media literacy instruction more nimble to better address the media environments in which young people are spending time. This means talking about social media and having real conversations about truth, ethics, and the responsibilities of digital citizenship..."

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EDC Newsroom

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Mon, 08/21/2017

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Early Childhood at EDC

Fri, 06/16/2017

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This brief describes EDC's deep commitment to ensuring that all young children have the support they need during the critical early childhood window of time. In the brief, we share what it takes to improve the quality of early childhood services and describe some of the efforts that we are leading across the U.S. and around the world to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families.

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8 pp.

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Early STEM Learning at EDC

Fri, 06/16/2017

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Education Development Center

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 learning experiences that foster their school readiness and success. Features highlights from our research and evaluation, professional development, and instructional design initiatives.

Early STEM learning at EDC

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Finding Meaningful Ways to Recognize Teachers’ Crucial Work

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EDC Senior Project Director Rebecca Lewis is an expert in STEM education, integration of academic and career education, teacher development, and high school reform. Rebecca leads initiatives that get students excited about STEM learning in formal and informal learning settings, while giving them the tools to succeed in and beyond school. Currently, as the Director of EDC's Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Program Office, Rebecca is guiding an EDC team in providing technical assistance to the ABE Program's sites and participating teachers. In this post written in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week 2017 (May 8-12, #ThankATeacher), Rebecca shares some thoughts on the importance of finding ways to honor and support teachers that go beyond an apple and a pat on the back. She suggests that one great way to go is to follow the ABE Program’s lead and ask teachers how they would like to be recognized.

 

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