Think Math!™, the newest K–5 mathematics curriculum funded by the National
Science Foundation, has a new publisher. The comprehensive curriculum developed
by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), will now be published by the
Wisconsin-based School Specialty Educational Publishing Group.
Exploring Bioethics is a curriculum supplement developed by EDC and the National Institutes of Health that is helping high school students explore such thorny issues as genetic testing and organ transplantation.
EDC has been awarded $2.2 million by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to evaluate the effectiveness of a writing curriculum for grades 3 through 12 called The Writers’ Express.
EDC will design a four-year law and justice program and develop curriculum for high schools throughout California, with $2 million in funding from the San Francisco-based James Irvine Foundation. The new program will integrate existing resources, build connections to potential careers, and address California state and national standards.
Chicago Public Schools—the nation’s third largest school district— is adopting an innovative mathematics curriculum and teacher professional development program starting this year in 54 schools. The program, known as CME Project, features rigorous curricula for students, and a transformation of math instruction and professional development for teachers. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, was developed by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)
With 50 percent of students in Malawi dropping out of school
by fifth grade, the Malawian government decided to try a new
approach: it introduced an innovative national curriculum, which
today is rapidly gaining in popularity among teachers and
How can afterschool programs
make the most of technology, meet the needs of diverse students, and
achieve multiple program goals, all while staying within budget? A new
online resource from EDC can help.
Chicago Public Schools—the third largest school district in the United States—is embarking on a comprehensive high school reform effort and has turned to EDC. A mathematics program developed by EDC will be a central part of the 100-high-school reform effort.
This project is developing two products for the National Institute for Literacy. The products will be used by schools and other organizations and groups to engage parents with low literacy skills in supporting their children’s (kindergarten through third grade) literacy development through fun, at-home activities. The products include a facilitators manual and parent activity guide. EDC project stasff are working with national literacy experts on the development of the products.
Bogged down by rote-memorization drills and predictable homework exercises, EDC’s Al Cuoco was frustrated teaching math in the 1970’s. “Like many math teachers, I was always dissatisfied with most of the commercially available curricula I had.” Over the past five years, he has been working on behalf of today’s teachers “to create the texts I always yearned for.” As principal designer of a major mathematics textbook initiative, the CME Project, he says he is nearing his goal.
With its emphasis on academic rigor and building skills in critical thinking, communications, and teamwork, it is no wonder that EDC’s interdisciplinary Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (Ford PAS) high school program has drawn praise from the nation’s educators, the media, and government officials.
Like many math teachers over the last three decades, Al Cuoco of the Center for Mathematics Education (CME) was dissatisfied with most of the commercially available curricula. For the past five years, he has worked “to create the mathematics texts I always yearned for.”
For many students, science can seem “dark, murky, and unconquerable” says Jackie Miller of EDC’s Center for Science Education (CSE). The sometimes-difficult subject matter, the precision of experimentation, and the varying results that arise from the same set of conditions intimidate many students.
After almost five years of research and testing in 150 classrooms with more than 3,500 students, EDC is launching a new K–5 mathematics curriculum. Think Math! developed by EDC’s Division of Mathematics Learning and Teaching, will be published in January 2007 by Harcourt School Publishers.
Concerned about dating abuse among American teenagers, U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) held a Washington press conference this spring to announce national distribution of Love Is Not Abuse, a curriculum developed by EDC for Liz Claiborne, Inc. Created by EDC’s Christine Blaber, with input from educators and a national advisory board, the program helps ninth graders recognize, respond to, and seek help for their friends and peers who may be victims of abuse.
After successfully piloting its youth tobacco control program in India, Ghana, and Mexico, EDC’s Health and Human Development Programs is now testing the model in
Uruguay. The country, emerging as a leader in tobacco control efforts in Latin America, was one of the first in the region to ratify the international Framework Convention
on Tobacco Control.