The home computer can become an electronic
babysitter for busy parents, but educators
believe that young people learn best when
parents participate in their children’s “screen
time.” Toward that end, EDC has developed a
Web site featuring online activities for parents
and children (to age 9) to do together. “The site is designed
so parents can see their child’s creativity in action,” says
Christine Rafal of EDC’s Center for Children & Families.
“It’s meant to help parents learn more about their child’s
EDC’s International Education Systems Division recently hosted a
study tour for 15 Egyptian education experts who are working
with the Egyptian Ministry of Education to reform early childhood
education. The tour, conducted in partnership with the Academy
for Educational Development, was funded by
USAID and focused
on best practices in early childhood care and education training.
EDC is collaborating on a
in Germany designed to
improve education by
attending to the physical,
social, and mental health of teachers and students, as well
as the quality of the learning environment.
After successfully piloting its youth tobacco control program in India, Ghana, and Mexico, EDC’s Health and Human Development Programs is now testing the model in
Uruguay. The country, emerging as a leader in tobacco control efforts in Latin America, was one of the first in the region to ratify the international Framework Convention
on Tobacco Control.
The Department of Defense Education Activity
operates 200 schools in 13 countries that enroll more
than 100,000 students—the children of military
service members and Department of Defense civilian
employees. EDC is providing online training and
materials to nearly 3,000 teachers who work in
Teachers know that the Internet is full of useful and creative
materials to improve reading, but often they are too busy
to find the best ones. To make these Web resources more
readily available, Judith Zorfass and her staff at EDC’s Center
for Family, School, and Community have developed the
Literacy Matters Web site. The site aims to improve the
literacy development of middle and high school students,
especially those who may be struggling.
Reinforced by the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans colleges, U.S. campuses are taking more deliberate approaches to planning for emergencies, including accidents, epidemics, natural disasters, violent incidents, and terrorist attacks.
In line with these efforts, emergency preparedness on campus is the focus of Catalyst, a 12-page newsletter recently published by the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (HEC). The center is operated by EDC’s Health and Human Development Programs.
EDC’s FunWorks project has teamed up with technology giant Cisco Systems, Inc., and the National Center for Women & Information Technology to increase awareness of education and career opportunities for girls and women in math, computing, and technology.
Most of the 80 percent of teens who work enjoy a positive and enriching experience. However, teenagers in the workplace may be at risk for injuries on the job due to inadequate safety training, unsafe equipment, and stressful environments.
For years, Palestinian youth
living in the West Bank and
Gaza have seldom been
perceived as an important
resource for building their
nation’s future. The Palestinian
Youth Empowerment Program,
or RUWWAD, is hoping to
change that perception.
Dr. Mildred Solomon directs EDC’s Center for Applied
Ethics and Professional Practice. The center researches
the complexities associated
with advances in medical
knowledge and technology,
and designs programs aimed
at improving clinical practice,
health care decision-making,
and, ultimately, patient and
family well-being. She was
recently named to the U.S.
Department of Health and
Human Services Secretary’s
Advisory Committee on Transplantation, which advises
the Secretary on national organ donation policy.