Strengthening Operations for Learning And Results (SOLAR) is a training and technical assistance (T/TA) planning and evaluation process. Project SOLAR is designed to support Head Start programs in their staff improvement and overall program improvement goals. The project is developing a Web-based T/TA tool suite to assist local Head Start program leaders in developing and managing T/TA plans. The centerpiece of the tool suite is a set of five staff performance inventories that allow managers to record, analyze, and compare assessments of staff skills and knowledge.
EDC is designing and facilitating a process involving eight Roman Catholic seminaries in the development of assessment measures for seminarians. The project draws upon EDC’s previous work in developing skill standards and assessment tools based on those standards. The project will result in an occupational analysis, rubrics that integrate both the occupational responsibilities of priests and the behavior attributes promoted during seminary formation, and a framework for designing portfolios rooted in these materials.
This project addressed gaps in the current state assessment system and explored the following questions: Where are the gaps in the assessment system? Who are the students affected by these gaps? What are the appropriate assessment systems for students in the gaps? After answering these questions, the project developed and piloted an assessment prototype to address the problem and meet student needs. Completed research studies are available on the project Web site.
EDC is working with the National Law Enforcement Museum to develop the Domestic Violence Awareness Program (DVAP).
DVAP is a professional development program for teachers, administrators, school resource officers, counselors, and other school professionals to help them identify, address, and develop community-wide support for students who are living in households where domestic violence occurs.
The National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness will provide research-based strategies for working with children who speak languages other than English in classrooms and other learning environments.
The goals of the Center are as follows:
Promote research-based educational practices
Ensure that linguistically and culturally diverse preschool children and their families receive optimal support
Conduct national training events to advance understanding of how culture and dual language development in children affect learning
The Benin Teacher Motivation and Training (TMT) Project is working to improve training and performance of teachers. TMT consists of a number of simple interventions focused around a key theme—a set of clear expectations for teacher performance based on international standards of excellence. The use of this clear and universal set of standards will ensure that all systems meant to support and motivate teachers are focused on the same issues—improving teachers’ and thereby students’ chances of success.
The Package for Improving Education Quality (PIEQ) project aims to improve French and math learning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Through collaboration with DRC’s National Ministry of Education (MNE), PIEQ builds the capacity of teachers, schools, and communities in three Congolese provinces to increase student learning by improving teaching and the school environment.
A carefully designed course of professional development builds teachers’ knowledge in their subject area and skills in student-centered teaching.
The USAID Teacher Education Project has the primary objective of helping the Government of Pakistan develop, introduce, and implement effective curricula for a new four-year bachelor’s degree in education and a two-year associate degree in education. To achieve this goal, the project helps provincial governments create systems, policies and standards that ensure the effective execution of these degree programs.
The Boston Public Schools hired EDC to assist with its bullying prevention initiatives and in this story, Ed Donnelly of EDC’s Bullying Prevention Research Institute discusses efforts to train Boston teachers how to spot and prevent bullying in their schools.
Middle and high school students performed better on science subject tests when their teachers had taken professional development in that same subject, according to a study conducted by EDC researchers published this month by the journal Kappan.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected EDC to help improve educational opportunities in Zambia by working with the Ministry of Education to institutionalize support for community schools throughout the country. The five-year, $30 million Orphaned and Vulnerable Children – Education Support Initiative (OVC-ESI) will enhance learning opportunities, increase school effectiveness, and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on children’s education in Zambia. The initiative will also contribute to the ministry’s efforts to meet national goals and also the 2015 Education for All and Millennium Development Goals.
Boston Public Schools asked EDC to develop an anti-bullying program that uses high school students as peer leaders to teach social and emotional skills to young people involved in all aspects of bullying.
EDC has been selected by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start (OHS), to receive $16 million over four years to lead its National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations. EDC will partner with Case Western Reserve University and The Finance Project to strengthen the management and fiscal practices of hundreds of Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout the country.