Should the school science fair be a competition? And what about the enormous amount of preparation and resources involved in conducting the fairs? EDC’s Jackie DeLisi answers these and other questions in an interview about our nationwide research study funded by the National Science Foundation.
EDC President and CEO Dave Offensend recently spoke with the Boston Business Journal for an Executive Profile in which he talks about his career trajectory and thoughts about the work, impact, and future of EDC.
Half of parents in a national survey conducted by EDC and SRI International say they do not feel ‘very confident’ when it comes to supporting their children’s science learning. Parents said they feel much more comfortable helping with reading and mathematics.
“Science isn’t present in young children’s classrooms in the same way that literacy is, and parents don’t have the same sort of awareness,” says EDC’s Shelley Pasnik, discussing new EDC-led research about parents' beliefs and attitudes about science learning. The research, which EDC conducted with SRI International, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Ready To Learn initiative.
To prepare youth for jobs, educators across Africa are incorporating soft skills, such as how to interview, speak publicly, and work with a team. EDC has been successful in teaching these skills in many countries, including via the Akazi Kanoze project in Rwanda and APTE project in Senegal.
In this letter to the editor, EDC’s Joyce Malyn Smith discusses the attributes that workers will need for jobs at the human-technology frontier and recommendations included in a new white paper she coauthored with Sarita Pillai and Carrie Parker, also of EDC.
The most successful elementary schools are those that build strong partnerships with their local communities, says EDC’s David Jacobson. In the new issue of Kappan, Jacobson maintains that these partnerships are working to help support young children and their families in critical ways, beginning in early childhood.