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Webinar: Jeremy Roschelle: "Convergent Conceptual Change" -- Reflections on a JLS Article that lasted 20 years

Vialogue: Barbara Means: The Effectiveness of Online and Blended Learning: A Meta-Analysis of the Empirical Literature

Article: Learning From Science: Case Studies of Science Offerings in Afterschool Programs

Award: Dan Zalles's Curriculum "The Heat is On: Understanding Local Climate Change" Selected for On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Collection



Don't miss our June Research Update, featuring:

Barbara Means' new book, Learning Online: What Research Tells Us About Whether, When and How

Learning Online draws implications for institutional and state policies that would promote judicious uses of online learning and effective implementation models. Available for Preorder.

Results from our Khan Academy Evaluation

Learn about the results of our study of the adoption of Khan Academy in primary and secondary schools and classrooms in northern California.



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Low-income Preschoolers Learn Mathematics Through Media-Rich Curriculum Supplement

Children from low-income communities were better prepared for success in kindergarten when their preschool teachers used a 10-week PBS KIDS Transmedia Math Supplement in their classrooms. A new experimental study commissioned by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and conducted jointly by Education Development Center and CTL researchers found that preschool children’s early mathematics skills—counting, number recognition, and subitizing—increased when their teachers incorporated lessons that used educational video and games from public media, along with hands-on manipulatives and books. Teachers using the PBS KIDS supplement also reported increased confidence with understanding mathematics concepts and using technology and media to support early learning.

This research was conducted as part of the evaluation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Ready to Learn initiative. Learn more about the study and check out the project website, which includes the full report as well as media coverage of the study. Also check out our blog post Positive Results When Preschoolers Use Media-Rich Math Curriculum Supplement.


Associate professor Michelle Williams (left) and Angela DeBarger watch as U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow learns about the STEMGenetics curriculum.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Attends STEMGenetics Demo at Glencairn Elementary School

On January 21, 2014, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visited Glencairn School in East Lansing, Michigan, to attend a STEMGenetics demonstration. Developed by Dr. Angela DeBarger of SRI Education and Dr. Michelle Williams of Michigan State University, the NSF-funded STEMGenetics program gives students an early advantage in learning foundational principles of the life sciences. “By growing plants right in the classroom and having students predict how traits will be expressed, science teachers at Glencairn and across the school district are educating students about life sciences in a fun, innovative way,” said Senator Stabenow. “It was great to see firsthand how STEMGenetics will help prepare our children for future success.” The STEMGenetics curriculum model is scalable, utilizing open-source, interactive learning technologies. Learn more about the Senator's visit.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Seguin, Michigan State University College of Education.


Associate professor Michelle Williams (left) and Angela DeBarger watch as U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow learns about the STEMGenetics curriculum.

2014 Cyberlearning Summit

The 2014 Cyberlearning Summit, hosted by the NSF-funded Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), will take place June 9-10 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Call for Participation and Speaker Nominations is now available. The summit will feature important advances in cyberlearning research that are ready to share with a broader audience. The premier summit held in January 2012 featuring talks on “big ideas” was highly recognized, and the archived videos of presentations continue to be widely used. Apply to attend and nominate speakers you think would represent the field of cyberlearning well.