special projects

Working through the Center for Effective Learning (C4EL), New Roads School, our students and faculty currently are engaged in the following special projects:

  • Serving as Education and Public Outreach Manager for NASA’s Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres asteroid belts, which will provide new answers to questions about the formation and evolution of the early solar system. As Education and Public Outreach Manager, C4EL creates standards-driven, pedagogically appropriate interactive learning technology.
  • Developing and testing Perceptual Learning Modules in collaboration with UCLA and Insight Learning Technology, Inc. These computer delivered educational interventions are tailored to each student’s learning needs and have been extensively tested at New Roads School, in Philadelphia public schools and others under research grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. Results have shown strong learning gains as a result of a comparatively brief intervention. We are currently working with Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) to distribute our Perceptual Learning Module educational software throughout public schools in the Midwest.
  • Launching a Virtual Classroom that allows children with access to the Internet to learn online under the guidance of New Roads School’s expert faculty. We have initiated the Virtual Classroom with a Spanish class for 7th grade students in Argentina.
  • Providing educational consulting services for the Center for Embedded Network Sensing (CENS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. Through its work with CENS, C4EL is providing guidance on how to effectively introduce Inquiry Based Learning into the classroom and how to train teachers in Inquiry Based Instruction.