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From early learning to the newest uses of technology, the education team at SRI International is engaged in rigorous research and the development of innovations that further understanding of education and improve opportunities for learning. We believe this work provides insight into some of the nation’s most difficult educational challenges and has important implications for changes in educational policy, practice, and programs that can strengthen our educational systems and improve student learning. In our new SRI Education Notes, we will occasionally be sharing some highlights of our work.
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SRI Education shines light on new digital approach to mathematics learning
SRI Education and its research partners have been awarded a $12 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant by the U.S. Department of Education to expand and validate SunBay, an innovative new digital program to improve mathematics learning in Florida middle schools.
SunBay was developed by researchers at SRI to help educators teach challenging middle school math concepts and promote deep conceptual understanding of key principles of mathematics. Using dynamic visual representations that demonstrate mathematical ideas to foster reasoning and collaboration, SunBay integrates technology with standards-aligned curriculum and professional development to boost student learning. The program has shown gains in learning in studies in Florida, Texas, and England.
The new grant will support SRI’s efforts to measure SunBay’s effectiveness in Broward and Palm Beach Counties using new college and career readiness assessments, examine strategies to decrease costs, and determine the effectiveness of professional development practices. Upon favorable results, SRI will provide training and toolkits schools can use to implement SunBay programs in Florida and across the nation. Learn more about SunBay Digital Mathematics.
New Research Shows Promise of Linked Learning
New Research conducted by the education team at SRI for the James Irvine Foundation reveals significant gains in student outcomes in California. Compared with their peers, students participating in certified Linked Learning pathways are earning more credits in the first two years of high school, are more likely to be on track with the a–g credits they need for college eligibility, and report greater confidence in their life and career skills. Check out the results and lessons learned.
Strengthening Early Learning
As educators and policymakers turn their focus to early childhood learning as a strategy for enhancing student success, the SRI Education Early Childhood Program is helping to further understanding and increase the effectiveness of early learning policies and programs. From efforts that help states develop early childhood data systems and assessments and evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs to those that further professional development for pre-K–grade 3 teachers or guide the use of technology in pre-K settings, SRI is conducting critical research, developing innovations, and providing technical assistance that is helping to strengthen early childhood learning. In one recent example, new research examining the impact of exposure of preschool children from low-income backgrounds to PBS educational content showed significant gains in math skills after their teachers used PBS videos and interactive digital games in their lessons.
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