Gender Equity

Quit it!

Quit it! is a research-based, school-wide program for grades K-3 that provides the tools to address teasing and bullying proactively. (read more)

Raising and Educating Healthy Boys

A teacher education textbook containing research, resources, and practical strategies for counteracting stereotypical thinking about boys and their achievement and emotional development. (read more)

Great Science for Girls

An initiative to support girls’ interest and persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). (more)

Science: It's a Girl Thing!

An early childhood science program with activities for parents and children ages 4 - 8 to do together. (more)

Quit it!

Teasing and bullying don’t just affect bullies and their victims, they have an impact on everyone and can seriously disturb the learning environment. Quit it! is a research-based, school-wide program for grades K-3. With the Quit it! curriculum and companion CD-ROMs, along with our new, award-winning publication, The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms, EEC provides the tools to address teasing and bullying proactively starting in the early years. Quit it! has been implemented in schools in Manhattan, New Jersey, and Connecticut and evaluations of those programs have illustrated their effectiveness in reducing teasing and bullying behavior; increasing adult involvement in teasing and bullying incidents; and contributing to a more civil climate in the classroom.

Program Materials

Quit it! materials include a teacher’s guide and two accompanying CDs. The teacher's guide integrates the topics of teasing and bullying into the daily life of the classroom through three sequential themes: Creating Our Rules, Talking about Teasing and Bullying, and Exploring Courage. The classroom CD, "Stories about Teasing and Bullying," is interactive and illustrates how boys and girls problem-solve real-life teasing and bullying situations. “Implementing the Quit it! School-Wide Model,” provides research findings, assessment tools, agendas for professional development, family involvement workshops, policy development, and resources.

The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms, by Barbara Sprung, Merle Froschl, and Dr. Blythe Hinitz, is available from Gryphon House, the publisher. With over 40 activities that focus on reducing teasing and bullying by cultivating friendships, community, and positive feelings, teachers of young children can create an environment in which all children feel safe, comfortable, and welcome. The book was the winner of the 2007 Teacher’s Choice Award from Learning Magazine. Click for a description and sample pages of The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms.

Quit it Sample Lesson.pdf

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Quit It Research Summary.pdf

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Quit It Program Evaluation.pdf

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Raising and Educating Healthy Boys

EEC developed the Raising and Educating Healthy Boys initiative in response to research indicating that boys, particularly African Americans and Latinos, are more likely to be referred to special education and lag behind in social /emotional development and academic achievement, mainly in the area of literacy. Our goal is to counteract the stereotypical thinking about boys—at the earliest stage of education—that can limit their healthy development and educational achievement.

We began by conducting focus groups with parents and teachers; hosting a strategic planning meeting of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers; and issuing a ground-breaking report, Raising and Educating Healthy Boys–– which is an urgent call to action to address the growing crisis in boys’ education.

Based on this report, EEC is developing and pilot testing a teacher education textbook to help make school a more successful experience for boys.

Program Materials

The Raising and Educating Healthy Boys teacher education textbook, currently in development, will contain research, resources, and practical strategies for both pre-service and in-service teachers. Classroom modules will be designed for easy integration into a variety of course syllabi, such as applied child development, observing and recording, field experience/student teaching, community studies, and early childhood methods courses.

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Great Science for Girls

Great Science for Girls: Extension Services for Gender Equity in Science through After-School Programs (GSG) is a five-year initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to support girls’ interest and persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The goal of GSG is to change attitudes about the ability of girls to succeed in science and provide a learning environment for girls that includes opportunities for leadership; active, intelligent engagement with concerned adults and other students; inquiry-based, hands-on experimentation; risk-taking; challenges and problem-solving; and cooperative learning and fun.

The GSG program will affiliate with 16 regional intermediary organizations across the country that provide services to networks of afterschool centers. Through GSG, afterschool centers will be able to provide an effective learning environment for girls.

Program Materials

The GSG program offers regional professional development institutes, on-site consulting services, and a website that functions as a virtual support system containing detailed information on the program, resource listings, research, webcasts, articles, and curriculum.

GSG Website

Science: It's a Girl Thing!

Science: It's a Girl Thing! is using the power of social media to connect with parents and educators about how to foster girls' interest in science and technology, and why that is important. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program offers web-based and easy-to-use resources for conducting science activities at home. It builds on everyday science that parents already know. Just as children are natural scientists, parents are natural teachers. Research shows that students whose parents participate in their education achieve more, and have better attitudes towards school.

Program Materials

Science: It's a Girl Thing! includes a series of short, entertaining, and educational videos and free downloadable PDF activity cards for parents to use in working with their daughters. When complete, there will be ten activity cards and four videos.

The hub of this project is a Facebook page, which can be found at:
http://www.facebook.com/scienceitsagirlthing

Science: It's a Girl Thing! Activity Cards
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