EDC helps educators foster the next generation of STEM innovators. Our STEM instructional designers, researchers, professional developers, and systems change specialists are advancing the field’s knowledge of effective STEM education, from preschool through college and in out-of-school time programs as well as schools. We focus on enhancing every aspect of STEM learning and teaching—including leading major initiatives focused on computer science education and data literacy. Read our 2016 EDC STEM Fact Sheet, learn about our work to support young children's STEM learning, and take a closer look at how we are supporting STEM success for all students:
- EDC Selected to Take Part in Two White House Events Focused on STEM: In April 2016, we joined other early childhood education leadersat the White House to discuss effective strategies to promote young children's STEM learning. In December 2015, two of EDC's computer science education leaders shared their expertise at a White House workshop.
- New and Recent Instructional Resources: In keeping with EDC’s long history of developing innovative and effective STEM instructional resources, our staff has published several major online and print STEM instructional resources for P–16 educators and students. These include: Mathematical Thinking and Communication: Access for English Learners; the interactive Web-based learning resources Ocean Tracks and Ocean Tracks: College Edition; the EDC Earth Science textbook; our Transition to Algebra curriculum and related iPuzzle apps; the book Bringing Math Students Into the Formative Assessment Equation: our Concepts & Practices: Chemistry and Concepts & Practices: Biology e-curriculum; and our Possible Worlds free digital games and instructional resources that help middle school science teachers address students' persistent misconceptions.
- Partner in 100Kin10: EDC is a member of a network known as 100Kin10 that seeks to train and hire 100,000 highly skilled STEM eachers by 2021. As part of 100Kin10, EDC is working to create a Master STEM Teacher Corps, to support science teachers in engaging students in real-world biotech lab experiences, to work with high school mathematics teachers to tackle issues of systemic inequity and address opportunity gaps, and to provide K–5 teachers with professional development that helps them improve math learning among all students, including those with disabilities. Check out 100Kin10's website to recruit new teachers.
- New and Recent Initiatives: Read about our new and recently-funded STEM initiatives, including our Bringing the Beauty and Joy of Computing to NYC project; our Visual Access to Mathematics project; our Investing in Innovation (i3) project Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS); our Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded randomized controlled trial of the Math for All professional development program; findings from our decade of Ready To Learn research, which explores the potential of public media to promote the early mathematics and science learning of children living in low-income households; and several National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded studies including Playing With Data; our Science Fairs Under the 'Scope study; our TwISLE: Twitter and Informal Science Learning and Engagement study, our formative and summative evaluation of the iDesign project, the Digital Games as Analogical Sources for Science Learning study.
- Leader in Bridging STEM Research and Practice: We lead and co-lead five national centers and initiatives that focus on bridging STEM education research and practice, promoting knowledge utilization, and disseminating findings to improve outcomes for students. These include the STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center for NSF’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program; CADRE, the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education—for NSF's Discovery Research K–12 (DRK–12) program; Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), which advances and disseminates the work of NSF projects focused on cyberlearning; Successful STEM Education—in which we collaborate with the NSF to share findings from the National Research Council report Successful K–12 STEM Education; and the Research+Practice Collaboratory (R+P Collaboratory), in which we are working with partners to strengthen connections between research and practice in K–12 STEM education across formal and informal settings.