GSDL provides high-quality digital resources to: (1) help educators promote interest and engagement with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education by learners of all ages, particularly females; (2) encourage learners to pursue science education and future careers in science; (3) provide an inter-disciplinary examination of the role of gender in the creation, teaching, and learning of science; and (4) build community among all interested users for the purposes of inquiry, information exchange, best practices development, and mentoring.
The ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers ) Learning Resource Center at EDC held a convening to develop a theoretical research framework to guide future research on youth motivation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), with a particular emphasis on populations most underrepresented in the STEM workforce.
Participants focused on two guiding questions:
What is currently known about motivation in STEM for underrepresented youth?
What can be done to cultivate new research around STEM motivation for underrepresented youth?
The National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools (NCSU), located at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, is identifying practices and policies that make some high schools more successful than others at improving outcomes for low-income and minority students. Once researchers identify these effective practices, they will develop ways to transfer them to other schools in the same systems.
The Center for the Advancement of Mentoring (TCAM), in collaboration with Dare Mighty Things, Inc., provides training and technical assistance to national and local mentoring program grantees of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Through targeted training and technical assistance, TCAM works with grantees to enhance the capacity of their staff and mentoring programs.
Three youths who participated in an EDC project in India were recently honored by the Cable News Network-Indian Broadcasting Network (CNN-IBN 7) for turning an abandoned school into a thriving learning center.
Drawing on a long history of evidence-based prevention programs and intervention strategies developed to combat HIV and AIDS, EDC plays a key role in efforts to ramp up prevention efforts by efficiently and effectively reaching out to the largest groups most at risk.
EDC has won one grant award—and is a partner in two other awards—in the latest round of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), which announced $7 million in funding for 19 innovative programs to help students master seventh- to ninth-grade level math and reading content.
Jennifer Ho will discuss EDC’s work in Indonesia at a June 17 congressional briefing titled Education in the Islamic World, sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and hosted by the Basic Education Coalition, of which EDC is a member.
Amy Aparicio Clark visited Brawley, California, to get feedback on El sexo puede esperar (Saving Sex for Later), a program that promotes positive
parenting practices among families with young adolescents.
EDC has won a five-year, $10.5-million award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to run the National Center for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness as a partner with Bank Street College of Education.
A member of the Hopi Nation, Stephanie Autumn directs EDC’s Tribal Youth Program, which seeks to prevent delinquency and improve juvenile justice systems for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. She and a colleague recently traveled to the Red Cliff Reservation in Wisconsin, home of the Red Cliff band of the Ojibwe tribe, for a site visit.
In More than Title IX, women and men who have spent their lives and careers working to achieve gender equity in classrooms and communities describe how hard-won changes in education have improved life in America over the past century.
EDC’s Cornelia Brunner says girls prefer video games with lots of interaction between characters and their environment, and these games require much more sophisticated technology and take longer to develop.
Build IT is an afterschool and summer program for underserved middle school girls that capitalizes on its participants interest in design and communication technologies by engaging them in hands-on, collaborative, real-world experiences. This project, a collaboration between SRI International and Girls Inc of Alameda County (GAIC). This Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) project is funded by the National Science Foundation and supported by the Learning Resource Center at EDC.