Early childhood educators need training in subjects such as teaching strategies and responsive curriculum, and in Rhode Island, a new center managed by EDC is responding to that need. EDC’s Karen Pucciarelli discusses the center, which received its funding as part of the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.
The Literacy, Language, and Learning Initiative (L3) helps Rwanda’s Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) develop and implement new national standards for literacy (in English and Kinyarwanda) and numeracy, aiming to improve students’ reading and mathematics skills in grades 1 to 4, as well as their English language proficiency. In partnership with MINEDUC, L3 works with pre-service and in-service facilitators to introduce proven reading and mathematics teaching strategies and with community volunteers to support struggling learners.
A new research study found that transmedia content—video, online games, apps, and interactive white board applications—can improve mathematics skills in young children. EDC’s Shelley Pasnik discusses the results of the study.
A new study conducted by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and SRI International found that the acquisition of essential early math skills, such as counting, recognizing numerals, recognizing shapes, and patterning, increased significantly among four- and five-year-old children from economically disadvantaged communities who participated in a 10-week PBS KIDS Transmedia Math Supplement initiative. Transmedia includes the use of familiar characters, settings, and stories across different media formats.
What is the impact of multimedia use on young children? This article explores that question and includes details from a study by EDC and SRI International that tested the measures of early literacy after viewing PBS content.
The National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations works to strengthen the management of Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The Center will showcase best practices in program and fiscal planning, as well as address issues such as risk management, governance, data collection and analysis, and budgeting and cost allocation. Also, the Center will help organizations strengthen their infrastructure to better support a well-managed system of early care and education.
This project tests the efficacy of the Foundations of Science Literacy (FSL) professional development program that was developed for use with Head Start teachers.
By focusing on the Head Start community, FSL addresses the achievement gap in early science education by providing a framework for teachers to learn and implement preschool science instructional practices in classrooms serving children from low-income backgrounds.
Apps can engage kids in the study of math, but what are they really learning? EDC is interviewed about its work with Boston public television station WGBH and the Next Generation Preschool Math program to evaluate the effectiveness of several apps.
The Southern Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction (SSIRI) project is a program of the Southern Sudan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST). Four SSIRI activities provide learning opportunities for children, adults, and teachers in South Sudan.
THELEARNINGVILLAGE: IRI programs based on the Southern Sudanese Primary School Syllabus.
Foundations of Science Literacy (FSL) is a comprehensive professional development program in science for preschool teachers. FSL integrates college-level coursework, mentoring, a nationally recognized science curriculum, and classroom-based assignments. The project’s goal is to support teachers’ abilities to create a classroom culture of inquiry and to engage their young students in authentic “minds-on” science explorations.
Cultivating Young Scientists (CYS) is funded by the Institute for Education Sciences, and builds upon FSL. CYS offers three major innovations:
Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) is a tool for evaluating and improving classroom environments and teacher practices as they relate to children’s language and literacy development. EDC offers training-of-trainers events to build a team of qualified professionals who can provide ELLCO training nationwide.
During the training, participants:
Learn foundational information about ELLCO
Practice ELLCO scoring using written scenarios and video vignettes
EDC has developed the Young Scientist Series, a comprehensive curriculum designed to improve science teaching and learning for children ages 3 through 5. Each curriculum unit includes a teacher’s guide and multi-media professional development materials. The first unit, Discovering Nature with Young Children, was published by Redleaf Press in 2003; the second unit, Building Structures with Young Children, was published in 2004; and the final unit, Exploring Water with Young Children, was published in 2005.
CC&F/EDC developed and launched a major region on the PBS Parents Web site that helps parents promote the language and literacy development of their children from birth through age 8. CC&F/EDC continues to add resources and further articles on language- and literacy-related topics, such as parent-child book clubs and using computers with young children.
The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) and developmental psychologist Herbert Ginsburg have collaborated on a project that uses video to help teachers look clinically at their early childhood students’ individual learning needs, particularly in mathematics. Through the project, Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning (VITAL), CCNMTL and Dr.
dot-EDU was an information and communication technology (ICT) intervention mechanism for USAID Missions seeking to improve education systems in their respective countries. dot-EDU sought to assist developing countries in strengthening learning systems that improve quality, expand access, and enhance equity through carefully planned applications of digital and broadcast technologies. The dot-EDU mission had two foci. First, dot-EDU provided training and technical assistance to support USAID Missions in developing and implementing technology-assisted applications.
In Phase 1 of this project, CC&F/EDC led the development of “Connections and Commitments: A Latino-based Framework for Early Childhood Educators.” “Connections and Commitments” identifies four key values in Latino culture and describes their implications for early childhood practice. In addition, CC&F/EDC designed an online bilingual resource to provide increased access to standards-based, culturally and linguistically responsive professional development materials and strategies for working with Latino children, families, and staff.
CC&F/EDC and its partners are collaborating on this planning grant. Each institution is conducting a small-scale research project that builds on its current curriculum work. Extending the work of the Tool Kit for Early Childhood Science Education project, CC&F/EDC is developing tools that can be used to examine the effectiveness of early childhood teaching and learning in the Young Scientist Series.
The National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness will provide research-based strategies for working with children who speak languages other than English in classrooms and other learning environments.
The goals of the Center are as follows:
Promote research-based educational practices
Ensure that linguistically and culturally diverse preschool children and their families receive optimal support
Conduct national training events to advance understanding of how culture and dual language development in children affect learning
Working in collaboration with Save the Children, EDC is using its existing organizational structures in Blantyre to design and produce a minimum of 10 audio programs as part of an IRI pilot program for strengthening Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Malawi’s Community Based Child Care Centers (CBCCs). During the pilot phase, EDC is overseeing the full development of ECDIRI programs; this includes scriptwriting, studio production, collaboration with Save the Children on pilot roll out, and formative evaluation of lessons.
Eyes on Bullying is a national, multimedia bullying prevention program designed to provide parents and caregivers with user-friendly and effective ways to learn the essential principles of bullying prevention. The multimedia program, initially developed for IBM employees, includes a 42-page Toolkit with key information, resources, and six skill-building activities for caregivers and parents to use with children.