WALTHAM, MA | July 7, 2014
EDC has won two grant awards and is a partner in a third award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to conduct a variety of education research projects.
With a four-year, $3.5 million grant award, EDC will conduct a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of Math for All, a professional development program developed by EDC and Bank Street College of Education. The program prepares K–5 teachers to help students with diverse strengths and needs, including those with disabilities, achieve high-quality, standards-based learning outcomes in mathematics. EDC’s partners in the grant include Bank Street, ICF, Indiana University, and Teachers College, Columbia University.
Under the second award, a two-year almost $400,000 planning grant, EDC and the Providence Public School District (PPSD) will develop a researcher-practitioner partnership to improve achievement among minority students, with an initial focus on the school district’s English language learners. As part of their collaboration, EDC and PPSD will convene a broad consortium of institutions of higher education, foundations, and community organizations in Rhode Island to help advance the partnership’s research agenda and goals.
With a third award for almost $400,000, EDC, grantee Yale University, and partner Cooperative Educational Services of Connecticut will form a researcher-practitioner partnership to investigate how children perform on the state’s preschool measures; explore how preschool child outcomes predict kindergarten outcomes; and identify teacher- and school-level factors that contribute to preschool and kindergarten performance. The study will provide new insights on the environments and teaching practices that impact preschool performance, especially for children from low-income families.
“All three new IES-funded grants will enable EDC researchers to advance the field’s knowledge of strategies to close opportunity gaps and enhance outcomes for students from underrepresented groups,” said Joanne Brady, EDC senior vice president and director of EDC’s Learning and Teaching Division.
IES is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, providing evidence on which to ground education practice and policy.
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