Even young kids are learning to code, and some of the toys and games available today are helping them develop computational thinking. But what is computational thinking? Forbes asked, and EDC’s Wendy Martin and Francisco Cervantes answered.
In the Philippines, EDC’s Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines) project makes a pledge to get more than 1 million young children reading. The results of this USAID-funded program are discussed in this story from the Philippine Inquirer.
Educators who want to bring technology-infused Common Core lessons to struggling students and those with disabilities can turn to the new website PowerUp WHATWORKS. EDC staff are a part of the team that developed this innovative resource.
Malawi primary schools face issues of large classes, high repetition rates, and teachers who resort to lectures and other marginally effective rote learning techniques to teach crowded classrooms. The Malawi Tikwere! (Let’s go up!) program uses interactive radio instruction (IRI) broadcasts to address these issues and bring student-centered instruction to primary schools countrywide.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, this three-year project will examine and compare the quality and quantity of science instruction provided by classroom generalists versus that provided by science specialists.
The project will:
Document the financial and human resources required by each science teaching model
Determine whether there are meaningful differences between the models and, if so, whether these differences affect student outcomes
The Mali USAID/ PHARE program (Programme Harmonisé d’Appui au Renforcement de l’Education) supports the Malian Ministry of Education’s efforts to improve the quality of elementary education, with an emphasis on literacy. This five-year program works nationally, reaching over 40,000 classrooms and 500,000 students. Known as “Road to Reading” in English, the program will produce and broadcast Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) programs for grades 1–6 with dual instructional objectives for teachers and students.
Supported Literacy for Adolescents is a research-based literacy program. Its goal is to improve reading, writing, and comprehension among both high-risk and typically achieving populations. The program is deeply rooted in standards-based curriculum design, and all components of the program align with national reading and writing standards, as well as selected content standards.
The Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) is one of ten regional laboratories and has a mission to help pre-K–16 educators use the best available evidence to make decisions leading to improved student achievement and reduced performance gaps.
Writers’ Express (WEX) is a year-long writing program for students in grades 3-12 and is supported through professional development for teachers and school administrators. EDC is conducting a research study to determine whether the program is effective for students in elementary schools.
In this study:
70 Massachusetts schools will be randomly selected to either implement the WEX program or use the usual grade 4 writing instruction.
EDC will evaluate the WEX curriculum, materials, instructional practices, and embedded professional development.
The Coaching Cycle project is creating an online professional development course for K–8 mathematics instructional coaches in rural areas and small schools who do not have access to regular districtwide professional development.
The course will build participants’ coaching skills through the use of classroom artifacts, such as student work, videotapes, and transcripts drawn from the classroom.
The Coaching Cycle project will also examine how online learning and instructional coaching change teachers’ instructional practices and increase student achievement.
The Partnership to Improve Student Achievement in Physical Science: Integrating STEM Approaches (PISA2), a project of the Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology, is working with 12 districts throughout New Jersey to provide graduate training in physical and earth sciences and professional development to 400 in-service elementary and middle-school teachers and 120 school leaders over the next five years. EDC serves as the external evaluator for PISA2.
This project, through a cooperative agreement with the NSF, is establishing and maintaining the Discovery Research (DR) K–12 learning resource network, known as CADRE, with the aim of advancing the state of research and evaluation in STEM education and promoting the goals of the DR K–12 program. CADRE provides support services to grantees of this program, which enhances student and teacher learning of the STEM disciplines through the development, implementation, and study of resources, models, and technologies.
USAID’s Decentralized Basic Education (DBE) Program Objective 2 seeks to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Indonesia’s public and private sector primary schools. DBE 2 builds upon successful aspects of recent initiatives in Indonesia to improve educational quality through new attention to strengthening teacher training and improving school learning environments. The DBE 2 Partnership works with public and private sector partners to develop a more comprehensive system of teacher professional development.
E-Learning for Educators, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Teach program, seeks to establish successful, sustainable, statewide online professional development programs that address teacher quality and student achievement goals. Through its EdTech Leaders® Online program, EDC supports this initiative by establishing a cadre of online professional development instructors and course developers within each state.
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
Foundations of Algebra focuses on the verbalization and justification of generalizations about the behavior of math operations in elementary-grade classrooms. Such a focus prepares students for algebra at the same time that it supports the development of computational fluency.
The project consists of three stages:
Experienced teacher-writers will produce readable and informative accounts of their work with students as they develop, represent, and justify general claims across a full school year.
The Zambia QUESTT Project aims to improve the quality of basic education delivery systems and to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on children’s educational experiences (both in and out of government schools). To accomplish these objectives, QUESTT is leading several initiatives to improve teacher practice through the integration of Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) in government schools and technology-based interventions. These interventions include the use of video and cell phone communication for both in-service and preservice teacher support.
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.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded EDC $22 million over five years to assist the Ministry of Education in Rwanda in creating new national standards for literacy and numeracy. EDC will implement the Literacy, Language, and Learning Initiative, to be known as L3, which also aims to improve education in grades 1 to 4.