In the last decade, the number of American Indian and Native Alaskan children has doubled, with 34 percent of the total population now under the age of 18. This boom brings hope as well as challenges to tribal communities, where rates of youth delinquency, dropout, alcoholism, and violence are among the highest in the United States.
EDC’s PALMS (Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-Grades Students) project has selected seven middle schools in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, and Nevada to join the project’s Outreach Leaders Network.
As the Latino population in the United States grows, so does a large achievement gap. An EDC-designed professional development program is helping preschools offer an enriched program that is interactive and culturally and linguistically responsive.
In a remote mountain village in Northern Laos, a crowd of 150 people gathers one evening. Many have traveled by foot from neighboring villages, eager to watch a new video drama featuring local Akha people. The topic this evening is sexually transmitted
Colleges and universities nationwide are working continually to keep
safe the nearly 16 million students who live and learn on their
campuses. Events such as the shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech and the
renewed debate about lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 have made
the discussions about campus health and safety issues more urgent than
As military personnel return from Iraq and Afghanistan, health care professionals are providing treatment not only for their physical injuries but also for psychological trauma. Employing face-to-face training and video and Web-based materials, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), working with EDC, has trained 900 clinicians to use Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an intensive immersion method for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Hisham Jabi directs Ruwwad, EDC’s youth corps for Palestinians ages 14–30. Although he is now steeped in the world of youth development, Jabi hasn’t forgotten what he learned during his years working in the private sector.
From 2001 through 2007, 25 projects and 18 pilot programs have improved education systems in 30 countries around the world. Known collectively as “dot-EDU,” this EDC-led global initiative focused on applying digital and broadcast technologies in ways that improved quality, expanded
access, and enhanced equity.
Kids soak up information like sponges. As a result, they are often the targets of savvy marketing strategies that barrage them with a constant stream of programming and advertising, both on TV and online. A new study is evaluating whether these multimedia approaches can be used to deliver positive content and messages about reading and literacy.
Young people from 85 countries submitted more than 1,500 photos to “Shoot Nations 2007,” a global competition to encourage youth to express themselves through photography and drawing. The winning photos included one taken by a team of students gathered by EDC in the Philippines, a group dubbed “power users” for their intensive long-term use of information and communication technologies.
EDC’s Pam Buffington works in
Gardiner, Maine, a small town at the head of the Kennebec River. As
state liaison for the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational
federally funded research center at EDC, she advises Maine
decision-makers on education policy. She has years of classroom
experience, most recently working with teachers to integrate technology
into their classrooms. Buffington spoke to us about her work supporting
elementary school teachers in Maine School
Administration District #11.