This project has researched, designed, and developed the SolveMe Mobiles app, a digital learning environment using specific mathematical puzzles to support the transition from arithmetic to algebra for middle school students. The app is designed to support logical thinking in a social environment by allowing users not only to solve puzzles but also to build and share them as well. The project team has prototyped several additional apps that could support solving, building, and sharing mathematics puzzles.
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.
As part of an effort to increase the participation of South Sudanese in the peace process and now the civic life of their new nation, the Sudan Radio Service provides access to balanced and useful information through radio-based education, news, and entertainment programs presented by local presenters in nine languages. Independent research found that Sudan Radio Service has approximately one million listeners.
Sudan Radio Service also builds the capacity of Sudanese journalists through its Certificate in Broadcast Journalism program and through on-the-job training.
The Tribal Youth Program (TYP) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Center addresses the need to strengthen American Indian and Alaska Native juvenile justice and other systems–education, mental health and social services, culture, recreation and employment programs–all critical to Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s mission of reducing juvenile delinquency, violence, child victimization, and increasing the safety of tribal communities.
Through the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, EDC helps college and community leaders develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to reduce student problems related to alcohol and other drug use and interpersonal violence.
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.
The South Sudan Teacher Education Program (SSTEP) is a three-year, nationwide program supported by the United States Agency for International Development that focuses on strengthening primary school education.
EDC is collaborating with Abt Associates to examine the implementation and student and teacher outcomes of NASA’s Summer of Innovation Program. This includes developing and refining instruments, providing technical assistance, monitoring implementation, and conducting site visits for awardees.
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.
EdTech Leaders® Online enables state departments of education, school districts, regional educational service centers, colleges and universities, and other educational organizations to develop local capacity to provide online professional development for teachers and administrators and online courses for students.
STEP works with the Ministry of National Education (MEN for its initials in French) to build the capacity of its personnel to offer high-quality training and support to Madagascar’s growing numbers of teachers and schools. Based on STEP’s successful pilot program in the provinces of Toliara, Fianarantsoa, and Tamatave, MEN is expanding the program nationally with technical assistance from EDC.
The Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative (Collaborative) is a network of special and general education leaders working together to improve outcomes for students with disabilities in the nation’s urban schools.
Housed at Clemson University in South Carolina, the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) supports the national implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its provisions to provide successful school outcomes for students with disabilities. The center serves state and local education agencies, policymakers, researchers, school administrators, teachers, other practitioners, and parents.
Mission US is an interactive adventure game designed to improve the understanding of American history by students in grades 5 through 8. Over the next several years, the project will develop four Web-based American history video games and accompanying pedagogical support materials.
EDC is collaborating with Boston University and St. Olaf College to study the mathematical habits of mind (i.e., ways of approaching and thinking about mathematical problems) that secondary teachers use in their professional lives and to develop research instruments for measuring such habits.
EDC is creating and studying a two year professional development model for middle school mathematics teachers with an emphasis on teaching struggling math students in the areas of fractions and rational numbers.
The professional development is composed of online modules, professional learning communities, and face-to-face workshops. Each of the online modules is one week long and covers:
EDC is developing and testing a two-year, intensive professional development model for building middle grades mathematics teachers’ facility with formative assessment.
Using a combination of institutes, ongoing professional learning communities, and Web-based resources, this model attends both to teachers’ knowledge of critical aspects of formative assessment and their implementation of formative assessment in the classroom.
EDC is developing an assessment tool to help teachers quickly and effectively diagnose misconceptions students have about fractions and decimals. The Eliciting Mathematics Misconceptions (EM2) Project applies recent advances in cognitive science and mathematics education research to create a set of questions designed to assess these underlying misconceptions in grade 6 to 8 students. EM2 will develop and test an online interface that will record student responses, allow teachers to administer the questions electronically, and produce reports on each student’s misconceptions.
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.
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
EDC is developing an online professional development course on China based on the content of Primary Source’s The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China. This course will be designed as a model that may be part of a series of online courses based on other Primary Source content areas. EDC will also provide online facilitator training to prepare online facilitators selected by Primary Source to deliver this online workshop to teachers in participating school districts or to other teachers recruited by Primary Source interested in this content.
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.
Possible Worlds: A National Research and Development Center on Instructional Technology is a five-year research effort that will develop a series of game-based activities to aid science and literacy instruction.
The project is developing and pilot-testing game modules—built around the Nintendo DS—that infuse inquiry-based learning and literacy supports into traditional classroom practices.
This project is developing a series of online professional development modules for school counselors—middle grades, high school, and postsecondary student service professionals—that focus on career counseling and college preparation. The modules use a learning community approach where school counselors will participate in the project as a cohort and engage in structured online discussions with their colleagues and the instructor during each of the module sessions.
The Micro- and Nano-space Explorations of Health and Disease (MNEHD) project is part of the University of Southern Maine’s initiative to incorporate the health science-related studies of microbiology, nanotechnology, and electron microscopy into bioscience education.
This project is developing activity materials for informal science educators who work with middle school youth as they investigate nature. It also involves controlled applied research to study how different modes of visual representations and the units impact the attitudes of the participating youth and their preparation for future learning.
Collaborators on this project are Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG), Boston Nature Center, and the University of New Hampshire 4-H.