Significant Work: Math and Science

Current Work:

Everyday Mathematics® Randomized Controlled Trial: In partnership with other nationally recognized researchers, SEDL is conducting a national, large-scale randomized controlled trial assessing the effectiveness of McGraw-Hill Education’s Everyday Mathematics, a curriculum for preK–6 students. The rigorous study, which will involve some 5,000 students in 60 schools across multiple districts, will use a multisite cluster randomized trial design to examine whether Everyday Mathematics affects student math achievement over 3 school years and whether outcomes vary significantly across students, schools, and districts.

MyMoon Program Evaluation: In partnership with the Lunar Planetary Institute, SEDL is evaluating a new educational portal, MyMoon: The Public’s Portal to Lunar Science Exploration Through New Media. The portal will provide science and lunar content, media exhibits, and opportunities for the public to interact with lunar scientists and experts. Funding is through the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences-2008 (ROSES-2008) program at NASA’s Education & Public Outreach for Earth & Space Science.

Past Work:

Scaling Up Mathematics Achievement (SUMA) Program Evaluation: SEDL assisted in a 5-year evaluation of the Scaling Up Mathematics Achievement (SUMA) project. The evaluation assessed whether the Building Capacity Model, which decreased the math achievement gap in a rural New Mexico school district, was effective in a larger urban district with mixed ethnicities and a different organizational structure. The project team partnered with the Las Cruces Public School District to improve math instruction and achievement in the district. SEDL's evaluation assessed how to modify the model to strengthen its effectiveness and replicability, and which components of the model had the most positive effect on student achievement. The National Science Foundation funded the project.

Explore! Program Evaluation: SEDL was the external evaluator for this 2-year project to further develop the Explore! Program, an interactive science and space program developed for school-age children in afterschool and library settings by the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Conducting primarily a formative evaluation, SEDL provided information through participant and trainer surveys and interviews regarding the development of new modules as well as the use of Web-based versus in-person professional development. The work, done in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Goddard Space Flight Center, was funded by the International Polar Year Program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Models of Implementation and Dissemination of Environmental Health & Science Across Subjects (MIDAS) Project Evaluation: SEDL conducted a multiyear evaluation of the implementation of a professional development program for all elementary, middle, and high school science teachers in a school district in Texas. The intervention sought to improve teachers' use of higher education resources for science instruction to K–12 students across the district through the use of summer field experiences, online courses, and seminar series. SEDL conducted surveys and focus groups with teachers, students, and faculty involved with the program to provide both formative and summative feedback to the program developers.