How do you engage students in career education? EDC’s Sarita Pillai discusses the importance of connecting careers and real world contexts and describes the work of the STEM Learning and Research Center to make those connections.
The Massachusetts legislature has approved funding to teach computer science in schools, an initiative championed by EDC as part of the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN). EDC and its partners Google and Microsoft are working to introduce computer science instruction into more Massachusetts public schools.
The Ford PAS Next Generation Learning initiative (a collaboration of EDC and the Ford Motor Company Fund) is using innovative activities to help prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The project is opening four new STEM academies in Detroit.
EDC has received a four-year, $6.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead a partnership that will adapt the University of California, Berkeley’s Beauty and Joy of Computing college course for high school students and bring it to New York City (NYC) public schools.
Students today need to have the ability to work with big data, but many schools are not yet teaching the essential skills required. Ruth Krumhansl discusses the efforts of EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute to change this.
EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute has created an first-of-its-kind occupational profile for careers in big data. The profile was compiled by a panel of experts and validated by more than 100 big data professionals.
EDC has selected 10 new recipients for its highly competitive annual CADRE Fellows Program. Recipients receive a one-year fellowship to work with the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), a resource network for STEM education researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
A panel of STEM, education, and industry experts from across the country will gather at EDC to define the skills and knowledge needed to compete in a big-data-centered economy. The resulting occupational profile will serve to inform conversations about K–16 STEM education and college and career readiness. Hosted by EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, the meeting will take place August 15–16 in Waltham.
Most teens work by the time they graduate from high school. Although work can be a positive experience, it also has risks. Every year 100,000 teens are seriously injured on the job. To improve the safety of young workers, the center provides training for the staff of school and community-based job readiness and placement programs, preparing them to teach teens about occupational safety and health. The center also provides seminars, technical assistance, and resources to employers of youth and to other education and employment-related organizations serving youth.
The Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), a coalition of businesses and nonprofits including EDC, is working with teachers, technology companies, and policymakers to bring computer science into the classroom and get students excited about studying the field.
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in conjunction with EDC, the event is part of a national series of workshops and will be held May 12 at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts.
The recent “Hour of Code,” held during Computer Science Education Week, gave students firsthand experience with computer programming. Why is this type of familiarity so important? Because computer science gives students the tools they need to engage in creating technology, explains EDC’s Jim Stanton, executive director of the MassCAN initiative to expand computer science education in Massachusetts.
EDC has received a $50,000 grant to support a statewide coalition effort to expand computer science education in Massachusetts and inspire students to take coding and other computer courses. The grant was awarded by the Boston Foundation, which seeks to address pressing needs in the Greater Boston community.
This project is developing a series of online professional development modules for school counselors—middle grades, high school, and postsecondary student service professionals—that focus on career counseling and college preparation. The modules use a learning community approach where school counselors will participate in the project as a cohort and engage in structured online discussions with their colleagues and the instructor during each of the module sessions.
EDC is examining the ways that ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) for teacher education projects leads to changes in classroom practice.
Specifically, the project seeks to understand what kinds of professional development activities promote and/or influence changes in teaching practices and the integration of innovative technologies in the classroom.
EDC has developed the Law and Justice curriculum. Shaped with substantial input from high school educators, postsecondary faculty, and law enforcement professionals, this innovative curriculum meets national academic standards and career technical education standards.