New research from the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) points to links between student and school variables and 10th-grade Hispanic students’ scores on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests from 2002 to 2006.
EDC worked with historians, interactive media designers, TV producers, and teachers to understand and analyze how educators can harness young people’s interest in video games, digital storytelling, and sharing to deepen students’ grasp of U.S. History.
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)
The typical science textbook is a dense read, presenting students with a highly specialized vocabulary and hundreds of new terms. For students with language-based disabilities, textbooks can be an insurmountable barrier to success in science.
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.
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.
High school biology needn’t be all about memorization and lab reports. EDC is crafting a free bioethics curriculum that will have students discussing such thought-provoking topics as genetic enhancement, clinical trials, vaccination, and genetic screening.
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.
What caused the Hindenburg to explode? What happens if a runner drinks too much water during a race? How do you know if a powdery white substance is anthrax? These are some of the questions that ninth grade chemistry students wrestle with in Foundation Science, a new high school science curriculum developed by EDC.
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.
What caused the Hindenburg to explode in 1937? What happens if a runner drinks too much water during a long race? How do you determine if an envelope with a powdery white substance contains anthrax? These are some of the questions that ninth grade chemistry students wrestle with in Foundation Science, a new high school science curriculum developed by EDC.
Generating classroom discussions with high school students can be arduous work, requiring both careful planning and quick thinking. EDC’s Center for Science Education has developed an online course focused on helping teachers pose questions and manage classroom discussions that are both more engaging for students and more scientific in substance.
Faced with the challenge of designing a program that would bring current business issues into the high school classroom, a team of EDC curriculum writers and researchers began their work in an assembly plant.
Elegance. Culture. Habits of mind. Such phrases are usually reserved for literature, philosophy, or fine arts. But in the case of EDC’s newest curriculum, they describe geometry. While covering the basics of high school geometry, Connected Geometry discusses ways to build elegant bridges among mathematical ideas, create a lively culture of mathematical investigation, and develop students’ abilities to inquire and think.