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’.