Founded in 1958, EDC is a nonprofit research and development organization that tackles some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. Often in collaboration with public and private partners, EDC’s 1,200 staff members design, deliver, and evaluate program innovations in the United States and around the world. EDC’s diverse projects—supported by a variety of organizations including U.S. and foreign government agencies, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, universities, and corporations—are united by the conviction that learning is the liberating force in human development.
EDC staff create and deliver innovative programs that improve teaching and learning. From in-depth research to district- and country-wide reform initiatives, EDC programs expand the boundaries of what is possible for all learners. In more than 35 countries and all 50 U.S. states—in schools, communities, and professional and nonclassroom settings—EDC programs offer assistance, support, and resources. EDC staff develop curricula, conduct education research, and provide professional development to teachers and administrators and technical assistance to school districts.
EDC’s work in physical and mental health spans promotion, prevention, early intervention, and patient care. With attention to underlying social and economic factors, EDC’s health-promotion programs address such issues as violence and suicide prevention; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; HIV and AIDS; and environmental risks. Other programs aim to enhance quality of life and quality of care and prepare healthcare professionals and the public to deal with the ethical questions raised by advances in biomedical technologies. EDC staff work in and across the sectors of education, health, and justice, creating programs for hospitals, clinics, schools and universities, the juvenile justice system, workplaces, and community agencies.
For more about EDC, visit http://www.edc.org .