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).
EDC’s South Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction is providing learning opportunities and civic education to students and others who do not have the opportunity to receive an education in the world’s newest nation.
A new report by EDC for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation identifies effective ways that technology may be used to personalize a student’s learning experience. The report, Integrating Technology with Student-Centered Learning, examines the integration of computer- and web-based tools, applications, and games, as well as video and technology associated with mechanical and electrical engineering.
EDC has won one grant award—and is a partner in two other awards—in the latest round of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), which announced $7 million in funding for 19 innovative programs to help students master seventh- to ninth-grade level math and reading content.
Engaging the interest and passion of young people in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is the goal of educators, researchers, and policymakers attending the eighth annual ITEST Summit, March 3–4, 2011 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia.
After years of leading EDC work in Malawi and Zambia, Simon Richmond recently returned to the United States. He specializes in using educational technologies such as radios and iPods to enhance learning in remote communities.