Nearly 1,000 Boston Public School students from 15 schools are part of a multimedia project called Adobe Youth Voices which lets youths tackle issues important to them, such as quitting smoking and healthy eating. Boston is one of several cities from around the globe involved in the program, which EDC helps implement for the Adobe Foundation.
A free electronic tool that quickly and accurately measures the reading progress of young children is now available for use by teachers in the developing world. An adaptation of USAID’s paper-based Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), eEGRA was created by EDC and runs in Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet software.
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 co-sponsored a special report on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in USA Today that appeared over New Year’s weekend. The report, prepared by Media Planet, was distributed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Cleveland, reaching more than three million readers.
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.
“I have never seen students in such a hurry for the sun to rise so they can go to school,” says Broulaye Sangar of the young participants of an EDC program working to improve schools in Yanfolila, Mali. The community is thrilled with the results of the program: Students are reading better, more girls are attending school, and there are fewer absences.
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 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.
EDC’s Joyce Malyn-Smith discusses the role community colleges can have in improving the United States’ competitive edge in the global marketplace by training workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.
EDC is cosponsoring the 2011 Massachusetts STEM Summit, a forum for policymakers, educators, and funders to set the course for future state education initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).