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FOR 60 YEARS, Education Development Center (EDC) has designed and delivered thousands of innovative programs that have transformed education, health, and economic development around the world. EDC: One Billion Futures highlights a select few of our signature programs and offers a snapshot of the global context in which they were developed, laying the foundation for further innovations in learning.

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

In 1958, a group of educators, scientists, and artists reinvented science education in U.S. schools with the creation of PSSC Physics. The curriculum employed videos, physical models, and interactive experiments to captivate students’ curiosity about how things work. Although this approach is now standard practice, it was a game-changer at the time and broke new ground in how science was taught. This group was also the beginning of the EDC we know today, developing a reputation for educational innovation and excellence that has flourished ever since. On the occasion of EDC’s 60th anniversary, I have been reflecting on our legacy. By any measure, it is significant. Our commitment to equity has improved education, health, and economic opportunities for underserved and disenfranchised populations around the world. Addressing issues such as expanding access to basic education or the global struggle against HIV has done more than just shape our work—it has also given us the opportunity to help solve some of the world’s most complex challenges.

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“EDC has always been, and will continue to be, an incubator for the ideas, tools, and innovations that drive human progress.”

While it is impossible to quantify EDC’s efforts precisely, we can estimate the number of individuals we have reached. As measured by the combined reach of our curricula, training programs, and large-scale programs, our work has impacted learning for 1 billion individuals around the world. It is a truly breathtaking number. EDC has always been, and will continue to be, an incubator for the ideas, tools, and innovations that drive human progress. The pages that follow provide a look at some of the significant milestones and accomplishments that have marked EDC’s first 60 years. I invite you to explore our journey—and to keep following us as we chart our path into the future. David G. Offensend President and CEO October 2018

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Creating Economic Opportunity and Equity Expanding Access to Quality Education Promoting Healthy Futures


EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

1956 Jerrold Zacharias forms the Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC). October 4, 1957 Sputnik 1 is launched.

1958 1958 Nigerian author Chinua Achebe writes Things Fall Apart. August 6, 1958 Educational Services Incorporated (ESI) is created to handle the distribution of PSSC Physics.

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Innovation

1958: In assembling the Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC), MIT physicist Jerrold Zacharias sets out to improve high school science education in the U.S. Instead, he reinvents it. PSSC attracts a visionary group of university professors, scientists, and artists who create films and laboratory experiments that make physics come alive. The resulting PSSC Physics curriculum changes the way the discipline is taught.


“Education is learning how to communicate with each other, how to reason, to examine evidence, to create. But most especially, it is loving all of this in the learning.” –Jerrold Zacharias, Co-founder, EDC

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EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

1960s 1958–1961 James E. Webb serves as the first president of ESI. 1960 EDC co-founder Jerome Bruner authors The Process of Education.

1960 John F. Kennedy is elected president of the United States.

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1960s: Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Elementary Science Study (ESS) brings inquiry-based science and mathematics learning to schools across the United States. In the years to follow, the pattern blocks that are developed as part of ESS become ubiquitous in elementary classrooms.


EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

1960s 1961 The U.S. Agency for International Development is created. 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis occurs. 1962 Rachel Carson writes Silent Spring. July 1, 1962 Rwanda becomes an independent country.

Water drop microscope, African Primary Science Program

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1960s: With the African Primary Science Program, ESS methods and materials are adapted for schools in Africa. As a collaboration with university educators, the project sets the stage for EDC’s continued engagement with teachers and learners in Africa.

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CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

1960s 1962–1963 Carroll Newsom serves as president of ESI. 1964 The Civil Rights Act is signed into law in the United States. 1965 Project Head Start is launched.

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1965 ESI leases space at 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA. The space will eventually become EDC’s headquarters.

1965 Film studio is built at 55 Chapel Street.

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EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

1962– 1975

August 5, 1966 The Institute for Educational Innovation (IEI) is created to develop a proposal for a regional educational laboratory in New England. 1966–1967 ESI’s National Committee for Fluid Mechanics Films win multiple CINE Golden Eagle awards.

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1962–1975: In asking students to consider what distinguishes human beings from other animals, Man: A Course of Study (MACOS) charts a new path for social studies education. MACOS becomes famous for its ethnographic approach—including films and photographs depicting life among the Netsilik Eskimo—and sparks national discussions about what is appropriate in the classroom.


CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

1960s January 20, 1967 ESI and IEI merge to become Education Development Center, Inc. 1967 The Saturday Review calls EDC “the General Motors” of curriculum reform. June 1967 The Six-Day War reshapes the political geography of the Middle East. 1967–1968 Arthur L. Singer, Jr., serves as the first president of EDC.

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1964: ESI establishes pre-college centers at six Historically Black Colleges and Universities to increase opportunities for low-income students. The approach becomes the model for the federal government’s Upward Bound Program.


“For EDC, it isn’t a choice between excellence and equity. Equity is a condition of excellence.” –Myles Gordon, Former Senior Vice President, EDC

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2001

April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated. 1969 The Public Broadcasting Service is founded. July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the Moon.

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TACKLING TRAGEDY

EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

1968–


1968: The nation reels from the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In response, EDC produces One Nation, Indivisible? to promote dialogue about U.S. race relations. The series airs on 78 public television stations, and EDC distributes 2 million companion workbooks to schools. 2001: Within weeks of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, EDC publishes Beyond Blame, a curriculum that helps high school teachers and students grapple with issues of justice.

1969–1970 Robert Hind serves as EDC president. 1970 Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act is signed into law, requiring stronger warning on cigarette packages and banning cigarette advertisements on U.S. radio and television. April 22, 1970 Earth Day is celebrated for the first time.

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

1971 1971 The Eskimo: Fight for Life wins a CINE Golden Eagle and an EmmyÂŽ Award.

1971: With incidents of childhood burns on the rise, EDC creates a community outreach program and public awareness campaign that educates and saves lives.

PSA posters created by

Project Burn Prevention appear on every subway car in Boston.

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CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

1971 1971–1975 Edwin D. Campbell serves as EDC president. 1972 Massachusetts passes Chapter 766, the first special education law in the United States.

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Equity

1971: The Career Education Project provides telephone-based counseling, job training, and a career resource center to help thousands of adults in Rhode Island join the workforce. It becomes a national model for workforce development initiatives.


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CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS

1960s


1960s: ESI, and later EDC, leads a consortium of U.S. universities in founding the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur—a vital step toward supporting science and engineering education in India. 1970s: EDC works alongside Algerian scientists and educators to create the country’s National Institute of Electricity and Electronics. 2010: EDC partners with universities in Pakistan to create new education degrees and programs of study. The work provides aspiring educators a professional route to a career in teaching.


CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

1972 Title IX is passed, barring gender discrimination in education.

September 1972 Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law in the Philippines. 1973 Paris Peace Accords are signed, ending U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

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January 22, 1973 The U.S. Supreme Court issues decision in Roe v. Wade case, making abortion legal in the United States. 1974 The Women’s Educational Equity Act (WEEA) is passed. 1974 Gerald Ford becomes U.S. president following the resignation of Richard Nixon.

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CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

1975 1975 EDC’s Girls at 12 wins a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival. 1975 Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Microsoft.

1975: As part of EDC’s Role of Women in American Society Project, the films Girls at 12 and Clorae and Albie help high school students confront how gender stereotyping and socialization affect the life choices of young women.

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“Girls ‘choose’ limited options, not realizing that their choices are heavily conditioned by the expectations of others. Where does ‘curriculum’ leave off and society begin?” –Adeline Naiman, Director, Role of Women in American Society Project

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

1976 1976 EDC closes its office at 15 Mifflin Place, Cambridge, MA. 1976 The New York Times covers the controversy over Man: A Course of Study.

Equity

1976: EDC’s partnership with Head Start begins with its leadership of the New England Resource Access Project, which helps Head Start staff integrate students with disabilities into their programs. The work challenges longstanding expectations about what children with disabilities can do in the classroom.

1976 MIT holds a reception celebrating the 20th anniversary of PSSC and the sale of the 1 millionth English-language edition of PSSC Physics.

Trained staff in

100+

Head Starts in New England

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EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

1978 1976–1980 Joseph Stavenhagen serves as EDC president. September 17, 1978 Israel and Egypt sign Camp David Accords.

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1978: Scoops Place and City Flats are fictional places where real mathematics is done on Infinity Factory. The EDC-produced show is noteworthy for its African American and Latino cast, as well as its use of television as a learning tool.

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episodes

175

public television stations

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

1970s 1978 The International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma-Ata (in the former Soviet Union) sets the historic goal of “Health for All.” 1979 UNESCO proclaims 1979 as the International Year of the Child. 1979 A global commission certifies the worldwide eradication of smallpox.

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1970s: Exploring Childhood helps high school students understand the social and biological forces that shape human development. Through documentary videos, working with children, and interactive materials, students explore the ways in which young children grow.

Curriculum is used in in

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7,000 9

U.S. states and

1979 British educator Dorothy Heathcote visits EDC. November 4, 1979 The Iran hostage crisis begins.

sites

countries.

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

1978

1978: Through the Mali Rural Health Project, EDC trains village health workers to improve nutrition and prevent disease in some of Mali’s most remote communities. The project is distinguished by its commitment to involving villagers in identifying and proposing solutions to persistent health challenges. 38


“Education is the long-range answer to ‘the development crisis.’ Underlying such highly publicized problems as famine and political instability are wide-spread illiteracy and the lack of a trained workforce.” –Ron Israel, Former Vice President, EDC

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CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

1980– 1983

1980 The U.S. Department of Education is created. 1980 Ronald Reagan is elected president of the United States. September 5, 1980 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is founded.

1980–1983: With funding from the Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, the National Displaced Homemakers Project helps many older, economically vulnerable women move from domestic work to paid employment through vocational training. 40


PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

Systems Change

1980s: With Decisions Near the End of Life, EDC brings together nurses, doctors, social workers, and hospital administrators to confront difficult issues in end-of-life care. The cross-disciplinary collaboration leads to lasting improvements in clinical practice that help physicians care for terminally ill patients.

1980s 1981 Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman to join the U.S. Supreme Court. 1981–2006 Janet Whitla serves as EDC president, holding the office for 25 years.

September 21, 1982 The International Day of Peace is celebrated for the first time.

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“Children have the right to be challenged to make mathematics.” –Judah Schwartz, Creator of Geometric Supposer and the Semantic Calculator


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CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

1977– 2003

Equity

1977–2003: Title IX promises a new era of gender equity in the United States. With the passage of the Women’s Educational Equity Act (WEEA), EDC’s WEEA Equity Resource Center offers vital support to hundreds of schools and universities in improving the education of girls and women.

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November 13, 1982 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC. 1983 Jerrold Zacharias coauthors Common Sense and Nuclear Peace with Myles Gordon and Saville R. Davis. January 1983 The Apple IIe goes on sale.

25+ 700 years

field-based projects

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EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

1980s– Present

1983 A Nation at Risk is published. 1983 Sally Ride becomes the first U.S. woman in space. 1984 EDC’s Semantic Calculator program wins Software of the Year Award from Classroom Computer Learning.

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Innovation

April 23, 1984 U.S. researchers announce the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. 1984–1985 Severe famine ravages Ethiopia.

1980s–Present: EDC’s teacher training initiatives, community-based education programs, and pioneering use of interactive audio instruction help deliver high-quality basic education to millions of children, youth, and adults around the world. The work overcomes barriers posed by poverty, distance, and conflict and helps to fulfill the promise of education as a fundamental human right.

1985 Jerome Bruner publishes Actual Minds, Possible Worlds. 1986 The World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS is created to develop and coordinate a global strategy.

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

1986 EDC’s Geometric Supposer computer program wins Software of the Year Award from Classroom Computer Learning. February 25, 1986 Corazon Aquino becomes president of the Philippines. 1988 The World Health Assembly endorses a resolution on nondiscrimination against people living with AIDS. 1988 George H.W. Bush is elected president of the United States.

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“All that we do is united by our conviction that learning is the liberating force in human development.” –Janet Whitla, Former President, EDC

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EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

1985– 1994

December 1, 1988 World AIDS Day is held for the first time. 1989 EDC opens an office in Washington, DC. 1989 The United Nations adopts the Convention on the Rights of the Child. November 1989 Demolition of the Berlin Wall begins.

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Systems Change

1985: Teachers’ professional development should reflect and respect educators’ different roles in schools. EDC begins work with the Urban Mathematics Collaborative and helps teachers see themselves as instructional leaders in their buildings. This theme of teacher leadership is echoed in Success at the Core 30 years later. 1994: The Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative is founded to improve educational outcomes for youth with disabilities in urban schools.


CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

1990 1990 The Americans with Disabilities Act is passed. 1990 The World Conference on Education for All in Jomtien renews its global commitment to basic education. February 11, 1990 Nelson Mandela is released from prison.

1990: EDC works with homeless women and advocacy groups to create Project WEAVE, a job training and support program in Boston. It’s part of a long history of partnering with vulnerable populations to develop effective, culturally relevant programs. 51


PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

1990 August 2, 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait, triggering the Persian Gulf War. 1991 EDC opens the Carlisle Education Center for the Prevention of Substance Abuse. 1991 The CDC administers the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System for the first time.

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1990: Working with the Carnegie Corporation, EDC convenes a national summit on youth violence prevention. The summit identifies effective prevention programs and produces guidelines for advancing policy and practice.


EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

1990s 1991 The seventh, and last, edition of PSSC Physics is published. 1991 The World Wide Web is launched.

1990s: The creation of national standards ushers in a new era of reform in science education. EDC responds by developing the Insights curriculum, which brings inquirybased learning to a new generation of learners. EDC’s science educators conduct professional development across the country to help administrators and teachers improve their

June 25, 1991 Slovenia and Croatia declare independence, leading to the eventual collapse of Yugoslavia. 1992 Bill Clinton is elected president of the United States.

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

1993 EDC acquires the Center for Children and Technology from Bank Street College and opens an office in New York City. September 13, 1993 The Israeli-Palestinian peace process takes a step forward with the signing of the Oslo Accords. 1994 Educator Paulo Freire visits EDC.

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“Education is not just a cultural transmission. It’s something else, too. It’s a cultural renewal, a cultural creation.”

April 6, 1994 The assassination of Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana sparks the Rwandan genocide. July 12, 1995 Education Week runs a lengthy article on EDC’s ATLAS Communities Project, a comprehensive school reform effort. 1996 UNAIDS is created with six founding partner agencies. 1996 The EDC website, EDC.org, is launched.

–Jerome Bruner, Co-founder, EDC

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

Systems Change

1992– Present

February 1996 President Bill Clinton visits Union City, NJ, and praises the educational reforms EDC helped the city implement. January 1, 1997 Kofi Annan becomes secretary-general of the United Nations. July 4, 1997 NASA’s Sojourner rover begins exploring the surface of Mars.

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1992–Present: The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) spearheads a national effort to strengthen infant, child, and adolescent safety. CSN’s technical assistance helps national and state health agencies improve child safety initiatives while promoting the necessity of using health data to drive decision-making.


CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

Innovation

1998: TV411 begins airing on public television stations, leveraging the reach of media to provide adult learners with lessons in finance, literacy, science, and mathematics.

1998 1998 Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Over

21 million

viewers

between 1999 and 2008

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“The idea that very young children could do rigorous work—intellectual work—was something that the early childhood community needed.” –Karen Worth, Principal Investigator, Insights

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

1998 1998 The Second Congo War begins. It will claim more than 5 million lives during the next five years.

1998: EDC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lead the development of Health Is Academic, the groundbreaking framework for comprehensive school health programming across the United States.

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1998: Exploring Humanitarian Law, a collaboration between EDC and the International Committee of the Red Cross, presents challenging questions regarding human dignity during conflict and reaches students in more than 80 countries and in 19 languages.

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CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

1995– 2005

April 20, 1999 Columbine High School massacre occurs. November 1999 EDC wins EdNET’s HERO award for best work in the nonprofit field.

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1995–2005: At a time when the Internet is changing how people connect, EDC addresses the digital divide through its work on the America Connects Consortium and the Community Technology Centers Network.


1999: In the midst of the AIDS epidemic, EDC creates VOICES/VOCES, a bilingual, mediabased intervention on safe sex, for health clinics and community agencies. VOICES/VOCES is shown to be effective in reducing new cases of sexually transmitted infections and is one of the first interventions selected by the CDC for national dissemination.

Used in

PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

Innovation

1999 1999 The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Suicide is published. 1999 EDC publishes Meeting the Challenge: Twelve Recommendations for Improving End-Of-Life Care in Managed Care.

1,300+

community-based organizations, clinics, and health departments

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

2000s 2000 The World Education Forum in Senegal reaffirms its global commitment to “education for all.” February 21, 2000 UNESCO observes the first International Mother Language Day.

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2000s: EDC develops a comprehensive approach to school health for districts across the United States. The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention helps communities improve their responses to cyberbullying, school violence, and substance abuse. EDC’s Teenage Health Teaching Modules bring lessons about healthy decisionmaking into the classroom.


“Health and education are inextricably linked. Increasing access to both is at the heart of our commitment to social justice.” –Gail Wickes, Trustee, EDC


PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

1995– 2012

May 2000 India’s population reaches 1 billion people. September 2000 The U.N. Millennium Summit establishes eight Millennium Development Goals for 2015.

1995–2012: The Higher Education Center fundamentally changes how colleges and universities address alcohol, drug abuse, and violence on campus. The Center’s approach and support of campus coalitions in 47 states increase the adoption of effective prevention practices, making higher education safer for millions of students.

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CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

40

communities

2000 2000 George W. Bush is elected president of the United States.

2000: EDC and the Ford Motor Company embark on an ambitious effort to reshape learning and teaching for the 21st century. Over the next 20 years, the partnership will forge innovative new pathways among schools, communities, and industry to better prepare students for life and work in a changing economy.

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GLOBAL HEALTH


PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

Promoting Healthy Futures

1979: A global controversy erupts over the aggressive marketing of baby formula to mothers in the developing world. In response, EDC applies commercial marketing techniques to promote breastfeeding and healthy weaning practices in more than 30 countries.

1979

2005–Present

2005–Present: In Botswana and South Africa, EDC’s life skills materials and teacher training programs help hundreds of thousands of learners and teachers protect themselves from HIV.

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Promoting Literacy Around the World Worldwide, millions of learners have benefited from EDC’s commitment to developing literacy programs that are innovative, culturally relevant, and evidence based. Nepal Egypt Haiti Honduras

Dominican Republic

Mali Nigeria

Senegal Guinea

El Salvador Colombia

Bolivia

Guyana

Liberia

Interactive Audio Instruction

South Sudan Ethiopia Somalia

Ghana

Rwanda

Democratic Republic

Tanzania

of Congo Zambia Malawi

KEY:

Pakistan

Zanzibar Madagascar

India


Scaling Up Impact: Read Right Now Since the early 2000s, EDC’s Read Right Now balanced literacy approach has supported systemwide transformation of literacy education and has consistently produced strong gains in student and teacher skills in some of the world’s most challenging contexts. MALI 2007–Present: EDC’s lasting partnership with Mali’s Ministry of Education yields fundamental changes in education policy, including the use of mother tongue instruction in the early grades.

RE AC H

1+ million S T UDE N TS

Philippines

Indonesia

RWANDA 2012–2017: Rwanda’s Ministry of Education implements Read Right Now at national scale. Teacher training initiatives prepare thousands of educators, while books and materials developed by EDC are distributed to every primary school in the country.

PHILIPPINES 2013–2018: Read Right Now is the backbone of Basa Pilipinas, an ambitious project to transform literacy instruction in the Philippines. By the time the project ends, the Philippines’ Department of Education adopts and mandates EDC-created materials for national use.

RE AC H

2.4 million S T UDE N TS

RE AC H

3+ million S T UDE N TS


EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

2001– 2007

2001 TV411 wins the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Educational Programming. January 15, 2001 Wikipedia is launched.

2001–2007: Through its implementation of the dot-EDU program, EDC uses digital and broadcast technologies to strengthen learning systems and expand access to education in 30 countries. In the process, EDC helps launch the Sudan Radio Service, installs computer labs throughout schools in Macedonia, and uses interactive audio, video, and software to

September 11, 2001 The September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States occur.

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EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

2000s

2000s: EDC curricula, including MathScape, Think Math!, and CME Project, help shape modern mathematics education through their emphasis on real-world problem solving, disciplinary thinking, and mathematical habits of mind.

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EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

2001: Learning outside the classroom takes center stage with the publication of Design It!, a set of 14 science projects geared for after-school programs, and the launch of digNubia, a hands-on museum exhibit that blends archaeology, science, and engineering.

2001 2002 The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is created to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world’s most devastating diseases. May 2002 East Timor becomes an independent nation. May 6, 2002 EDC’s digNubia traveling exhibit is unveiled at the Harriet Tubman Home in Boston.

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EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

Research

2000s 2002 EDC helps found the New Bedford Global Learning Charter School in New Bedford, MA. 2002 EDC hosts the Youth Employment Summit in Alexandria, Egypt.

2000s: EDC is home to a number of technical assistance and research centers that translate education research into effective practice. These include the K–12 Mathematics Curriculum Center, the New England Comprehensive Center, and the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands. 76


PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

2002: EDC is awarded the federally funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). SPRC marks the beginning of EDC’s leadership in national efforts to prevent suicide, which later include the Zero Suicide Institute and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Reducing the suicide rate

20%

by

2025

2002


CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

2003– 2012

2003 Conflict between the government of Sudan and rebel groups sparks war in Darfur. 2003 The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is passed. February 2004 A coup in Haiti overthrows President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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2003–2012: USAID’s EQUIP3 program gives EDC an unprecedented opportunity to deliver basic education and skills development programs to out-of-school youth around the world.

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youth

March 2004 The Indian Ocean earthquake results in a devastating tsunami in the region. April 23, 2005 First video is uploaded to YouTube. August 2005 Hurricane Katrina causes destruction along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

countries

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

2006 2006 The number of employees at EDC reaches 1,000. 2006 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joins the Department of Education in funding the Higher Education Center at EDC. February 2006 The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights Janet Whitla’s tenure as president of EDC. March 2006 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits a school participating in EDC’s Decentralized Basic Education program in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Research

2006: In Massachusetts, the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey begins gathering data about teens’ health and behavior. Over the next decade, the data helps school districts improve health services for students and informs legislation that raises the legal minimum age of smoking.


Teens who reported smoking in their lifetime. 40%

November 2006 President George W. Bush visits EDC’s literacy project in Indonesia.

30%

51%

20%

2006–2015 Luther S. Luedtke serves as EDC president.

since 2006

10% 0% 2006 2008

2010 2012 2014

The survey found that in 2014, teens were half as likely to have smoked a cigarette than

2007 PSSC is given the Excellence in Physics Education Award by the American Physical Society.

they were in 2006.

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

2008 2008 Barack Obama is elected president of the United States. 2008 EDC opens a Midwest office in Chicago.

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2008: EDC begins its 10-year leadership of SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). Through its work with state health departments and health care systems, the CAPT builds the nation’s substance abuse prevention workforce—a critical task during an era when the opioid crisis becomes frontpage news.


EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

Innovation

2008– 2014

2008 and 2009 The Boston Globe names EDC as a “Best Place to Work.”

2008–2014: The Possible Worlds team develops digital games to research how they might dispel students’ misconceptions about complex scientific phenomena. They create characters like BioBot Bob— a glucose-powered robot that replicates photosynthesis—to help students develop mental models of scientific processes.

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CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

2009– 2018

2009 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognize EDC’s research as critical to the fight against HIV/AIDS. 2009 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits a book fair in Manila, Philippines, hosted by EDC’s EQuALLS2 project.

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2002: EDC is awarded the federally funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). SPRC marks the beginning of EDC’s leadership in national efforts to prevent suicide, which later include the Zero Suicide Institute and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.


Systems Change

January 12, 2010 Catastrophic earthquake hits Haiti. February 2010 The New York Times publishes a profile of EDC President Luther S. Luedtke.

2009–2018: In Rwanda, EDC shows that market-relevant workforce development programs in collaboration with industry and government partners can have a huge impact. The work improves economic opportunity for hundreds of thousands of youth in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies.

December 2010 Tunisian Revolution begins, sparking the larger Arab Spring.

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EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

2006– 2016

2011 Success at the Core wins a CINE Golden Eagle award. July 9, 2011 South Sudan becomes an independent nation. 2011 The IntegratedEthics program receives the Innovations in Government Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

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2006–2016: With Adobe Youth Voices, the concept of using media to transform learning goes global. EDC-created materials help a quarter of a million students in 60 countries learn to express themselves through creative media-making experiences.


PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

2010– Present

2011 EDC relocates to its current headquarters in Waltham, MA. 2012 Military coup takes place in Mali. 2012 The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention is released.

2010–Present: Longer life expectancy creates new challenges for aging Americans and their families. With foundation partners, EDC is at the forefront of efforts to help improve care for those with dementia, prevent elder mistreatment, and improve the experiences of older adults and their caregivers. 87


CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

2010–2017: Proyecto METAS provides at-risk youth in Honduras with access to educational and livelihood opportunities. Over seven years, the project reaches more than 80,000 youth and shows the potential of workforce development efforts to promote peace and prosperity.

2010– 2017

2013 President Barack Obama visits a Palestinian youth center established by EDC in Ramallah. 2013 Passage of the Enhanced Basic Education Act marks a significant education reform in the Philippines.

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CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

2013 2014 Liberian schools close due to Ebola, and EDC responds by delivering educational programs by radio. 2015 David Offensend begins tenure as EDC president.

2013: EDC’s partnership with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation establishes direct links between vocational institutions and industry, spurring economic development for young people in Southeast Asia.

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PROMOTING HEALTHY FUTURES

2013: The IntegratedEthics model is implemented in every VA medical center in the United States, setting new standards for ethics and quality in health care.

2013 2015 The adoption of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development establishes 17 goals for a healthier, safer world by 2030. June 2016 First Lady Michelle Obama meets with young women from EDC’s USAID Advancing Youth Project in Liberia as part of the #LetGirlsLearn initiative. 2016 Donald Trump elected president of the United States.

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EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALIT Y EDUCATION

2017 June 2017 EDC’s work readiness efforts in Rwanda continue with the launch of Huguka Dukore, a five-year program funded by USAID. September 2017 EDC convenes the national meeting “From Pain to Promise: Addressing Opioids and Suicide in Communities Across America.” September 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria cause widespread damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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2017: EDC’s continued work on the Ready To Learn initiative exemplifies its legacy of partnering with public media to develop innovative mathematics, science, and literacy programs for children and families in high-need communities.


CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNIT Y AND EQUIT Y

2018 2018 EDC celebrates its 60th anniversary with events around the world. April 2018 With funding from USAID, EDC begins a five-year project to improve literacy outcomes for 700,000 students in Honduras. July 2018 After two decades of conflict, Eritrea and Ethiopia re-establish diplomatic ties. October 2018 EDC presents the inaugural EDC Impact Award to Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX.

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2018: As new technologies transform the workplace, programs such as the Amgen Biotech Experience and the STEM Learning and Research Center are preparing the next generation of innovators and inventors.


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In measuring EDC’s impact over the last 60 years, we have estimated that our work has impacted 1 billion learners around the world. It is our belief that by working in partnership with individuals, communities, organizations, and nations, we will continue to find solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges and to transform billions more lives. We hope you will join us. To learn more, visit us at edc.org.

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Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.


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