Researchers at EDC and SRI International have found that children who used media content from PBS KIDS’ series PEG + CAT showed improvement in critical math areas involving ordinal numbers, spatial relationships, and 3-D shapes.
In the push to create digital learning resources for schools, developers say social studies have largely been ignored. Now that vacuum is being filled by EDC’s Zoom In, a free online tool that helps students learn U.S. history while also strengthening their literacy skills.
In Rwanda, volunteers help manage local libraries and encourage children and community members to visit and borrow books. It’s just one of the programs of EDC’s Literacy, Language, and Learning (L3) Initiative.
EDC will join other winners of the USAID All Children Reading Grand Challenge competition for a summit meeting to discuss scaling up early-grade reading efforts in the Asia Pacific region. EDC will showcase results of its literacy data initiative first introduced in the Philippines in 2011. The summit will be held in Melbourne, Australia, April 27-28.
EDC radio programs are enabling learning to continue in Liberia, despite the Ebola crisis. The radio lessons are also helping boost students’ morale, especially in areas hit hardest. EDC’s Lisa Hartenberger Toby describes the program for the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
EDC’s work in Liberia was featured during a recent BBC broadcast on education during the Ebola crisis. The segment highlighted ways in which the USAID-funded Advancing Youth Project is bringing education to learners through interactive audio instruction broadcast on local radio stations. It begins at 39:00.
An EDC initiative to improve literacy and learning in Zambia was the focus of a recent visit by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, and Rajiv Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The program, known as Time to Learn, is USAID/Zambia’s flagship program for improving education in community schools.
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 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.
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.
A new study conducted by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and SRI International found that the acquisition of essential early math skills, such as counting, recognizing numerals, recognizing shapes, and patterning, increased significantly among four- and five-year-old children from economically disadvantaged communities who participated in a 10-week PBS KIDS Transmedia Math Supplement initiative. Transmedia includes the use of familiar characters, settings, and stories across different media formats.
What is the impact of multimedia use on young children? This article explores that question and includes details from a study by EDC and SRI International that tested the measures of early literacy after viewing PBS content.
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.
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.
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.
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 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program is designed to increase opportunities for students and teachers to learn about and use information technologies within the contexts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Youth-based projects that have strong emphases on career and educational paths
EQuALLS2 increases access to quality basic education and livelihood skills in areas most affected by conflict and poverty in the Philippines (primarily the Muslim areas in the Mindanao island group in the south). EQuALLS2 is a large-scale project that seeks to benefit 345,000 children and youth in 37 municipalities and four cities by training 37,238 educators and school officials, building the capacity of 850 local education stakeholder groups, and expanding local education resources through public-private partnerships.