The MetroWest Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a 10-year initiative of the Massachusetts-based MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation to better understand and address the health needs of adolescents in the region.
Surveys are conducted biannually with middle and high school students and focus on issues such as:
Leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adolescents
EDC has produced a dissemination package for Safe in the City, a brief video-based HIV/STD prevention intervention for STD clinics. In a large, multi-site efficacy trial, Safe in the City was found to be effective in reducing new cases of STDs among clinic patients. The intervention has been selected for national dissemination through CDC’s Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions program. EDC was a collaborating partner in the development and evaluation of this intervention.
EDC is working with the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) to support the national implementation of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) within the Veterans Health Administration.
EDC will develop print, video, and online training materials for CPT, as well as conduct a national survey of returning veterans to assess issues related to military sexual trauma.
The City of Chicago has announced it will create five new “early college” STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) schools for grades 9–14, based on the model of Brooklyn’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH). EDC worked with the New York City Department of Education, IBM, and others to document the design and launch of P-Tech, as well as its first year in operation. EDC compiled lessons learned as the basis of the STEM Pathways to College and Careers School Guide—the IBM Playbook, which will be used to help guide Chicago in setting up the new schools.
EDC has been invited to participate in an academic symposium on ways to reach youth and promote a culture free from bullying, which is part of the national launch of the Born This Way Foundation by pop star Lady Gaga.
Public Television Channel THIRTEEN (WNET/NY) is launching Flight to Freedom, its second free interactive history game in its “Mission US” series. An EDC study of the first game in the series found “measurable gains in students’ historical knowledge and skills,” and found positive feedback from teachers.
EDC has been chosen to continue operating the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands through 2017 with a new five-year contract awarded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. EDC has led the REL since 2006.
Shari Kessel Schneider discusses the methodology of EDC’s research concerning the sending of explicit text messages (“sexting”) by teens who took part in the MetroWest (MA) Adolescent Health Survey. The biannual survey is funded by the MetroWest Health Foundation.
Eighth-grade students who are “algebra ready” and take an online Algebra I course because their schools do not offer the class, outperform their peers in algebra knowledge and are twice as likely to take advanced mathematics classes in high school. This according to a rigorous new federally funded study conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI).
EDC’s Shari Kessel Schneider discusses the prevalence of teens sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages (sexting). Her comments are based on the results of the biannual MetroWest (MA) Adolescent Health Survey funded by the MetroWest Health Foundation.
High school students who are victims of cyberbullying and school bullying are more likely to report elevated mental distress and lower school performance, according to a study conducted by EDC researchers to be published online November 17 by the American Journal of Public Health.
EDC researcher Shari Kessel discusses the findings of a new study that compares cyberbullying and school bullying and their associations with psychological distress among high school students in MetroWest Boston (read the EDC press release). The study, funded by the MetroWest Health Foundation, is published in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
Shari Kessel Schneider discusses EDC research on the sending of explicit text messages (“sexting”) by teens who took part in the MetroWest (MA) Adolescent Health Survey. The biannual survey is funded by the MetroWest Health Foundation.