In announcing a new city pedestrian safety program today, the Mayor’s office of Holyoke, Massachusetts unveiled materials developed by EDC, along with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The materials, Mantengase Alerta/Stay Alert, aim to educate children, their caregivers, and drivers about averting pedestrian injury and death.
Increasing numbers of people in different walks of life and professional roles are being confronted with the need to help others who are contemplating or attempting suicide as awareness and understanding of depression and suicide is growing. Friends, family members, teachers, and mental health and health care professionals are among the many people who are concerned about how they can prevent the suicide of someone they know.
In response to the prevalence of teen dating abuse and the importance of the issue described by teens themselves, Liz Claiborne, Inc. has funded EDC to create a high school curriculum, the Love Is Not Abusecurriculum, to educate and provide support and guidance to teens.
Incidents of heat-related death of young children in parked vehicles are not isolated events. They occur throughout the warm months each year in the United States. About three-quarters of these deaths are due to adults leaving children unattended, either intentionally or unintentionally. Now, for the first time, a peer-reviewed study has been published that documents the circumstances under which young children die in parked motor vehicles.
EDC’s Center for College Health and Safety (CCHS) secured a five-year, $11.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Education to continue to operate the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, previously known as the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.
Bullying and other forms of violence—from fighting to weapon use—can happen in any school in any community. In most cases, there are bystanders who see violence happening and hear about it before it occurs.
This pilot project is designed to gauge the success of applying a versatile video compact disc (VCD) technology to meet critical learning needs of young girls who cross the Mekong in search of a more exciting and financially rewarding life in Thailand.
The division of Health and Human Development Programs at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) will establish a national suicide prevention resource center, with a grant of $2.5 million per year for a total of 3 years, to provide information about and assistance to communities implementing suicide prevention programs. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was announced yesterday in Washington by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.
Some child passenger safety instructions may be putting children at risk, a groundbreaking study shows. The study found significant problems with the content, availability, accuracy, and appropriateness of educational materials designed to teach adults how to transport children safely. The study, called "Seated for Safety," was conducted by researchers at Education Development Center, a non-profit education research organization, and was funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Community service programs—when combined with curriculum—not only promote community values and good citizenship, they may also protect students from risky health behaviors during adolescence. When New York City middle school students’ community service work (three hours per week) was combined with health instruction, both their violent behavior and their high-risk sexual activity dropped significantly.
As school officials around the country strive to become more savvy about handling violence, they are zeroing in on the critical role of “bystanders”: the confidantes of violent youth or those who are present when violence occurs.
The End-violence Virtual Working Group is an Internet discussion list sponsored by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the World Bank, and the Global Knowledge Partnership, and developed and moderated by EDC’s International Development Division (IDD).
How do we know that a new approach works, adding to a practitioner’s knowledge, effectiveness, and ability? And if it does work, how can we use the model to reach more practitioners? These questions are central to two of EDC’s latest experiments with online professional development.
Toward the end of the Live Talk discussion program that opened EDC’s recent violence prevention summit, the audience of 200 people grew silent as Sha-King Graham, 17, spoke about the police officer who had killed his sister.
A recent study of school-based violence prevention programs gave EDC’s Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders its top rating, calling it “beautifully organized,” and “teacher friendly.” Of the 12 comprehensive school health curricula reviewed in the report, only Aggressors received an ‘A’.