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Engaging Diverse Learners Through the Provision of STEM Education Opportunities: Southeast Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, May 2012 (2012)|
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are viewed as fundamental elements in preparing our next generation to compete in the 21st century economy. This brief examines how various states are seeking to improve access to STEM education opportunities for diverse learners to meet state and federal education priorities and funding requirements.
Secondary Content-Area Literacy: Time for Crisis or Opportunity for Reform?: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Number 12 (2012)|
This brief examines the critical need to implement instruction at the secondary level around adolescent, or content-area, literacy. The challenge is to connect the teaching of literacy to the rest of the secondary education improvement agenda.
Rapid Response: Studies of Mathematics Software Programs (2011)|
This resource was developed in response to a request for information regarding the use of the My Math Lab project and similar math software programs (i.e., Plato, Aleks, Math in Focus, and others), and information on the effectiveness of math software programs in practice. In response to this request, staff conducted web-based and hand searches of literature and other resources to obtain information on the topic. The staff selected for inclusion in this report mathematics software products based on the following criteria: Specific products that were requested by the client, products with studies available that were evaluated in accordance with the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence review protocol for elementary school mathematics interventions (WWC, 2009d) and evidence review protocol for middle school mathematics interventions (WWC, 2009e), and products for which studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals and in other publications.
Southeast Comprehensive Center eBulletin, Volume 3, Number 3: Final Report of National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2009)|
Student effort matters! This is just one of the findings of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel in its 2008 report titled Foundations for Success—The Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. This 120-page report addresses one central question: How can schools in the United States improve mathematics curriculum, instruction, assessment, teacher training and support so that all American students learn mathematics so that they can compete with students from other nations? In the report, the advisory panel discusses 45 findings and recommendations on key topics, such as instructional practices, materials, professional development, and assessments. The authors stress the importance of knowledgeable teachers, effective instruction, effective assessment, and the need for rigorous research in mathematics education.
Afterschool Curriculum Choice: Technology Resources (2008)|
This online database provides access to high-quality technology resources related to afterschool and expanded learning.
Afterschool Training Toolkit DVD: Short Videos of Promising Practices in Afterschool (2008)|
These 25 short videos are based on visits to afterschool programs across the country identified through a rigorous process based on data suggesting their afterschool academic practices are positively impacting student learning. The videos provide real-life examples of successful afterschool instruction, and they support the goals of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers by illustrating fun and engaging ways to embed academics in afterschool.
Afterschool Training Toolkit: Building Quality Enrichment Activities (2008)|
This online toolkit provides resources for developing fun, innovative, and academically enriching activities for afterschool and expanded learning programs. The toolkit includes promising practices and sample lessons in the arts, literacy, math, science, technology, and homework help.
Rapid Response: Eighth-Grade Technology Literacy Assessment (2008)|
This paper was produced by SEDL’s Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) in response to the request, “What are states in the southeastern region using as assessment tools for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) eighth-grade technology literacy?” The SECC conducted a comparative study of 16 states to address the question.