SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / August 2012 /


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SEDL in the News
SEDL research specialist Leida Tolentino recently gave an interview on how neuroscience and cognitive psychology are shaping education practices. Read the interview.

Professional learning communities (PLCs) aren’t just for education. A recent article in, an online law enforcement publication, explains why PLCs may be a useful form of professional development for police officers. Read the article. (link no longer available)

Afterschool Curriculum Choice: Mathematics Resources
The Afterschool Curriculum Choice database is designed to help afterschool practitioners locate and make informed choices about high-quality mathematics resources to enrich their programs. Resources were selected based on proven use in afterschool settings, and include challenging lesson plans and organized activities. Access Afterschool Curriculum Choice.

Visit SEDL's library of free resources on the SEDL website.

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STEM Professional Development Tools
Connecting Kids to Mathematics and Science

Technology supports student learning most effectively when teachers integrate it into a lesson. Connecting Kids to Mathematics and Science is a professional development course trainers may use to provide teachers in grades 4–8 with hands-on experiences in integrating technology into math and science lessons.

SEDL content experts developed the course and field-tested the materials with Austin-area math and science teachers. The materials include session guides, slide presentations, and handouts and are designed for use by an experienced trainer or facilitator.

Connecting Kids to Mathematics and Science was made possible through the generous support of Educational Foundation of America, KDK-Harman Foundation, and RGK Foundation.

Learn more about Connecting Kids.

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Engaging Diverse Learners in STEM Subjects
A briefing paper from the Southeast Comprehensive Center investigates ways to improve access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education opportunities for diverse learners. Suggestions include:

  • Increase children’s early exposure to math and science learning opportunities in and out of school.
  • Modify teacher preparation programs to provide deep content knowledge and requisite pedagogical skills to help increase the number of high-quality math and science teachers.
  • Use professional learning communities to enhance teacher instructional practice and improve student achievement in math and science.
  • Increase exposure and access to STEM education opportunities for groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields and careers.

Read the briefing paper.

We're Looking for Cancer Survivors to Complete a 15-Minute Survey
Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer? If so, researchers from the Southwest ADA Center and SEDL would like to invite you to complete a survey about cancer survivors’ employment-related issues. We will give you a gift card to thank you for your time. Please call Kathleen Murphy, Ph.D. at 1-800-476-6861, or send an e-mail to for more information. Ella habla español.

Join Our Study
Has your state adopted the Common Core State Standards? Schools or districts that join our effectiveness study will receive free reading or math materials aligned with the new standards. Learn more.

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