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.
Basa Pilipinas and Mindanao Youth for Development (MyDEV), both EDC projects in the Philippines supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), are highlighted for their work providing early grade reading materials to students and access to education and livelihood training to out-of-school youth.
EDC President and CEO David Offensend writes in the Boston Business Journal about the U.S. opioid crisis, saying that a thoughtful direction that focuses on prevention is a critical part of the national response.
EDC’s Rebecca Jackson Stoeckle discusses some of the challenges to care faced by women vets and also discusses Women Vets on Point, a new program created by EDC and U.S.VETS, that seeks to address some of these barriers.