The Common Core State Standards mandate mathematical habits of mind, which are ways of approaching and thinking about mathematical problems. EDC has two high school curricula specifically organized around mathematical habits of mind and strategically designed to help high school students develop these mathematical ways of thinking.
The CME Project and Transition to Algebra both use curricular devices-written dialogues occurring among a cast of students with different “mathematical personalities” and visual images of mathematical thought experiments.
EDC has developed the Young Scientist Series, a comprehensive curriculum designed to improve science teaching and learning for children ages 3 through 5. Each curriculum unit includes a teacher’s guide and multi-media professional development materials. The first unit, Discovering Nature with Young Children, was published by Redleaf Press in 2003; the second unit, Building Structures with Young Children, was published in 2004; and the final unit, Exploring Water with Young Children, was published in 2005.
The Lesson Study Communities project provides two years of professional development and support to teams of middle and high school mathematics teachers who are involved in the lesson study model of professional development. The project operates in the Greater Boston area.
Enhancing knowledge of mathematics and pedagogy
Introducing teachers to lesson study
Building a community of teachers interested in lesson study
Learning how the Japanese lesson study model can be adapted to become a successful professional development model for U.S.
Think Math! is a K–5 curriculum developed, piloted, and field-tested by EDC.
Think Math! provides:
A learning-by-doing model of professional development. This model allows teachers to gain a more profound understanding of fundamental mathematics through the natural course of their daily work.
High-quality mathematics content and pedagogy for school districts. This curriculum is appropriate for school districts that want to change but need additional help and for those that have tried and rejected other models of reform.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Mathematics for Teaching is a joint project of EDC, the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) of the Institute for Advanced Study, and the PROMYS for Teachers program of the Mathematics Department of Boston University.
Mathematics for Teachers provides specialized mathematics curriculum materials for in-service mathematics teachers. Courses are designed by EDC and PROMYS and delivered to the PCMI participants by specially trained secondary teacher-leaders.
Working with Vulcan Productions and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, EDC is developing, implementing, and evaluating a set of materials designed to help leadership teams be more effective leaders of quality instruction in their schools and districts.
The toolkit features:
A keynote video
A series of instructional modules for leadership teams
EDC is working with ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Careers, with support from The James Irvine Foundation, to develop a curriculum for career sector academies in California public high schools. This project focuses on the arts, media, and entertainment (AME) sector.
EDC is working closely with practitioners, higher education, and California schools to:
Develop two foundations courses: Visual Arts and Media and Digital Design.
Model integrated units in mathematics, social studies, science, and English/language arts.
The project’s multidisciplinary research and development team has been investigating whether the integration of a specific kind of computational model i.e., simulations into a high school science curriculum, can support students from diverse academic, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds in developing computational literacy—a capacity to understand relationships between domain knowledge and the mathematical, algorithmic, and modeling processes that are the building blocks of computational science.
In this project, CSE draws on its own and other resources at EDC to provide technical assistance to the management of the Presidential Award program. Every year, that program honors exceptional science and mathematics teachers from every state. CSE facilitates the program’s work in several ways. Staff connects the project with national science and mathematics leaders who take a role in the awards process.
The Enhanced Assessment project is a federally funded 18-month project that supports New England states in their development of large-scale assessments that address the needs of students with disabilities and English-language learners.
Although standards-based reform has increased the rigor and quality of mathematics education, those reforms have not been fully available to students with physical, developmental, sensory, and learning disabilities. One of the reasons for this deficiency is that teachers are not well prepared to implement the reforms with groups of students who have different needs, capabilities, and learning styles.
This project established a model program for developing and supporting middle-grades science mentor-teachers. The project team worked closely with a group of experienced science teachers to improve their skills, knowledge, and confidence so they can effectively support novice science teachers from 10 to 12 demographically diverse school districts. Based on this model, CSE is developing a Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying videotapes. The model has been adapted in Cleveland, Ohio, Orlando, Florida (through the University of Central Florida) and Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
ScienceQuest was a unique after-school program that supported community-based organizations who wanted to increase staff and organizational capacity; assisted youth (ages 10–14) in learning science, technology, and literacy; and increased the youths’ positive experiences with learning. Through training in I-Search methods and ongoing in-person and electronic support, coaches lead small groups in personally relevant explorations documented through youth-designed Web sites.
EDC/CCT developed Web-based tools to support students and teachers as historical thinkers. With an interdisciplinary team of humanities scholars and teachers, we created several kinds of online inquiry guides around primary historical materials related to the building of modern America from 1880 to 1920.
The National Science Foundation has funded the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Local Systemic Change (LSC) and Urban Systemic Programs in K–12 mathematics and science. EDC is performing an evaluation of the programs. The evaluation is formative, shaping the work of teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators, and summative, looking at the impact of the work on teaching, learning, and district policies.
The Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (Ford PAS) program includes an interdisciplinary high school curriculum that challenges students academically while also developing their problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills.
Facilitator institutes prepare a national group of prospective facilitators to teach two Lenses on Learning courses, which help school and district administrators support standards-based elementary mathematics instruction. Institute topics include elementary mathematics, the nature of standards-based mathematics instruction, what administrators need to know, and how they learn it.
Through its national network of school districts, CSE created and disseminated Selecting Computer-Based High School Science Curricula: A Guide for Teachers. The guide enables teachers to maximize the growing and considerable investment this country is making in technology. Research shows that a scientific and technical education is critical for students to function in and contribute to society. The guide is available through the CSE Web site.
The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) and developmental psychologist Herbert Ginsburg have collaborated on a project that uses video to help teachers look clinically at their early childhood students’ individual learning needs, particularly in mathematics. Through the project, Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning (VITAL), CCNMTL and Dr.
Yes-2-Technology (Y2T) is a physical, life and earth science, IT and workforce development project for teens at the St. Louis Science Center. Funded by NSF’s ITEST program, the goal of the project is to provide disadvantaged teens with the opportunity to broaden their STEM and workplace skills and encourage them to consider further education and careers in IT or STEM.
With community colleges across the country, EDC is developing a common curricular framework for teaching basic information technology (core) applications in career and academic programs at community and technical colleges. Project resources include innovative approaches to instruction and assessment, including “Rubrics to Assess Basic IT User Skills,” lesson templates that interconnect the use of the “IT Core Applications” with program content for eight of the most commonly used IT applications, and a library of problem-based scenarios for each of the clusters/program areas.
The WEEA Equity Resource Center was a national center that for 25 years promoted gender-equitable education for all students. The center offered educators and others a range of resources to help make gender equity a reality in the classroom and in educational systems, focusing especially on equity for girls and women who face multiple barriers due to gender and race, ethnic origin, disability, or age. The center’s funding ended in 2003 and select resources and information continue to be available through the achieved Web site.
EDC uses the Developing Mathematical Ideas professional development curriculum to help school systems build capacity for in-depth professional development in elementary mathematics. The DMI Network conducts summer institutes and maintains an electronic network for teacher educators and teachers who, through an apprenticeship program, wish to become teacher educators.
This project developed, field-tested, and disseminated professional development materials for teachers of grades 6 through 12 for use in a variety of settings. Through immersion experiences in algebra, geometry, and probability/statistics, the materials emphasize and integrate mathematical thinking, effective teaching practices, and explicit connections to exemplary curricula.
CAE edited and managed this international peer-reviewed journal, which was an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Last Acts Task Force on Institutional Innovation. The journal reached more than 8,000 health care providers each month and featured thematic issues that highlighted promising practices and expert commentary.
The K–12 MCC provides a variety of services and products to support school districts around the country as they select and implement standards-based mathematics curricula. Implementation issues considered include transitions across grades K through 12, professional development, and building support for curriculum change. Resources include a series of seminars, print materials, (including a curriculum selection guide), case materials, and a Web site.
The objective of Boston University’s PROMYS program is to engage high school students and their teachers in rich mathematical explorations. The academic-year component of PROMYS, run by EDC, aims to ensure that teachers who participate in the summer program will transfer its culture of mathematical exploration to their schools.