WALTHAM, MA | October 7, 2013
EDC has been awarded more than $14 million in multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to begin new initiatives or to continue ongoing work to enhance science and mathematics teaching and learning from preschool through high school. With the new funding, EDC will:
- Continue as the resource center for the NSF’s ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) program. EDC’s Sarita Pillai and Carrie Parker will lead the STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) and, with EdLab Group, enhance technical support to ITEST projects, as well as expand dissemination and outreach to the STEM field.
- Collaborate with Pittsburgh Public Schools, the mathematics department at Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education in a five-year Math and Science Partnership to create a community of mathematical practice in Pittsburgh devoted to closing the opportunity gap for marginalized high school mathematics students. EDC’s Al Cuoco and Eden Badertscher will lead the team.
- Launch a four-year NSF Discovery Research K–12 (DR K–12) project: Next Generation Preschool Science. EDC’s Marion Goldstein will head the effort with SRI International and WGBH to develop and study a preschool science curriculum supplement that will engage young children in exploring big ideas in life, physical, and earth sciences.
- Conduct a study of strategies to close school readiness gaps for young children from low-income families. EDC’s Jessica Young and Kristen Reed will investigate how Head Start teachers’ participation in EDC professional development influences the persistence and early mathematics learning of 600 children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
- Test various design features of digital games in support of science learning. EDC’s Katie Culp and Wendy Martin will investigate which instructional strategies can help build students’ conceptual understanding. Findings will guide effective design of games and instructional experiences for middle-grade science learning.
- Examine a professional development model designed to increase Grade 9–12 mathematics teachers’ content knowledge and understanding of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. EDC’s Al Cuoco, Bowen Kerins, and Eden Badertscher are building on work done in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study and the Park City (Utah) Mathematics Institute.
- Collaborate with Boston College and Math for America Boston to create a network that supports math teachers from high-need Massachusetts school districts. EDC’s Al Cuoco and Kevin Waterman, the leads for EDC, will provide academic year seminars (PROMYS for Teachers) to participating teachers.
“This new stream of work will advance the field’s knowledge of strategies to ensure all students become proficient in science and mathematics—the foundation of a strong STEM education,” said Joanne Brady, EDC senior vice president and director of EDC’s Learning and Teaching Division. “That we continue to be recognized by the NSF for investment is a testament to our contributions to innovation and excellence in P–20 STEM education.”
The NSF is an independent federal agency that supports research and education across all fields of science and engineering. Each year, the NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding and makes about 11,500 new funding awards.
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