NEWTON, MA | June 30, 2008
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), a global nonprofit research organization known for its teaching tools and professional development, today announced that it will team up with Curriki, an online community for creating and sharing open source K-12 curricula. To start, Curriki will make available EDC’s standards-based middle-grades algebra course, allowing teachers to not only access the free curricula, but to add to it or adapt it for use in their classrooms.
Starting today, educators will be able to use EDC’s online mathematics course Building Algebraic Thinking in the Middle Grades on curriki.org. The course, specifically designed to build the expertise of teachers at the middle level, focuses on the algebraic concepts of patterns and functions. It was designed and developed by mathematics and curriculum specialists at EDC and funded by the National Science Foundation as part of a research initiative to explore the comparative benefits of online professional development.
“Our collaboration with Curriki will allow EDC to make more widely available our research-based curricula and programs in mathematics, science, literacy, and other areas,” said EDC President and CEO Luther Luedtke. “We’re excited to join with Curriki to further expand the use of our materials to educators around the country and around the world.”
In addition to facilitating the sharing of courses in the United States, EDC and Curriki are also working together internationally on several initiatives with the goal of greatly expanding access to high-quality research-based educational content. Launch dates for initiatives involving the Ministries of Education in Indonesia, India, Yemen, Senegal, and Mali are expected later this year.
“We’re so pleased to join with EDC, an organization known for its high-quality materials and its knowledge of the realities of the classroom,” said Curriki Executive Director Dr. Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan. “Working with our resource partners, we are breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide—the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not.”