This project is conducting a formative and summative evaluation of the Maine ScienceCorps.
A project of the biosciences community at the University of Southern Maine (USM) and the Education Division of the Foundation for Blood Research, Maine ScienceCorps works with university professors, teaching fellows, and over 30 teachers across the state. Teachers and researchers bring authentic lab experiences—involving nucleic acids, proteins, microbes, viruses, human disease, and immune responses—to over 2,500 students.
Electronic Teacher’s Guide, or eTG, is a research and development project of EDC. The aim of eTG is to enhance the ability of teachers to provide science education.
The project will:
Develop a prototype eTG
Conduct classroom-based studies to determine the impact of eTG on teachers’ learning and practice, particularly in relation to the fidelity with which teachers modify and adapt instructional materials at the secondary level
The Lesson Study Communities project provides two years of professional development and support to teams of middle and high school mathematics teachers who are involved in the lesson study model of professional development. The project operates in the Greater Boston area.
Enhancing knowledge of mathematics and pedagogy
Introducing teachers to lesson study
Building a community of teachers interested in lesson study
Learning how the Japanese lesson study model can be adapted to become a successful professional development model for U.S.
EDC is working with ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Careers, with support from The James Irvine Foundation, to develop a curriculum for career sector academies in California public high schools. This project focuses on the arts, media, and entertainment (AME) sector.
EDC is working closely with practitioners, higher education, and California schools to:
Develop two foundations courses: Visual Arts and Media and Digital Design.
Model integrated units in mathematics, social studies, science, and English/language arts.
The project’s multidisciplinary research and development team has been investigating whether the integration of a specific kind of computational model i.e., simulations into a high school science curriculum, can support students from diverse academic, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds in developing computational literacy—a capacity to understand relationships between domain knowledge and the mathematical, algorithmic, and modeling processes that are the building blocks of computational science.
The Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (Ford PAS) program includes an interdisciplinary high school curriculum that challenges students academically while also developing their problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills.
Through its national network of school districts, CSE created and disseminated Selecting Computer-Based High School Science Curricula: A Guide for Teachers. The guide enables teachers to maximize the growing and considerable investment this country is making in technology. Research shows that a scientific and technical education is critical for students to function in and contribute to society. The guide is available through the CSE Web site.
EDC is developing a teenage dating violence and abuse curriculum, Love Is Not Abuse, that will be taught in grade 9 English and health classrooms. Unlike other curricula on the subject, Love Is Not Abuse’s entry into the issue is unique; it will use brief, engaging texts (e.g., poetry, short stories, excerpts from screenplays, and theatrical plays) as a springboard to build young people’s awareness of how to make healthy choices in relationships and what to do if they are in abusive ones.
EDC developed and field-tested this biology curriculum for grades 9 and 10. The curriculum addresses the needs of all students and connects understanding of core biological principles with applications to social, health, economic, and other critical issues. The curriculum, published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, includes an implementation guide to support users.
The K–12 MCC provides a variety of services and products to support school districts around the country as they select and implement standards-based mathematics curricula. Implementation issues considered include transitions across grades K through 12, professional development, and building support for curriculum change. Resources include a series of seminars, print materials, (including a curriculum selection guide), case materials, and a Web site.
This project has produced a high school curriculum that integrates academic (biology) and technical (biotechnology) education to create opportunities for all students to progress to higher education and to enter the high-skilled workforce. EDC works with education and industry advisors to ensure that the curriculum meets these goals. In this phase, we field-tested, evaluated, and revised two units, Microbe Detectives: Solving a Medical Mystery and A Genetic Puzzle: The Search for a Solution.
Most teens work by the time they graduate from high school. Although work can be a positive experience, it also has risks. Every year 100,000 teens are seriously injured on the job. To improve the safety of young workers, the center provides training for the staff of school and community-based job readiness and placement programs, preparing them to teach teens about occupational safety and health. The center also provides seminars, technical assistance, and resources to employers of youth and to other education and employment-related organizations serving youth.
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 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.
EDC is developing an interactive, animated CD-ROM for high school students in West Africa to teach them about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza. Through this e-Learning multimedia product—with computer games and a comic style story—students will learn about the transmission and dangers of the H1N1 virus, necessary skills to protect themselves, and how to communicate with parents, relatives, and friends about the dangers of transmission and appropriate preventive actions.
Teachers’ Domain: Engaging Alaska Natives with the Geosciences collection aims to increase Alaska Natives’ exposure to and involvement with geoscience-related issues that are directly relevant to their lives. CCT will conduct the evaluation of the collection to examine the ways in which teachers are accessing and using the media materials and the impact on both native and non-native Alaskan high school students.
A new Law and Justice curriculum is now available online and free of charge for teachers working with grades 9–12 and beyond. This two-year program was developed by EDC and funded by The James Irvine Foundation.
The City of Chicago has announced it will create five new “early college” STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) schools for grades 9–14, based on the model of Brooklyn’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH). EDC worked with the New York City Department of Education, IBM, and others to document the design and launch of P-Tech, as well as its first year in operation. EDC compiled lessons learned as the basis of the STEM Pathways to College and Careers School Guide—the IBM Playbook, which will be used to help guide Chicago in setting up the new schools.
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.