EAST Program for STEM Students

Research, University of Southern Maine (USM) EAST Program


Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is a global nonprofit organization that designs, delivers, and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity.

 learning transforms lives

EDC's Center for Children & Technology explores the roles that new technologies can play in the lives of young people, including by improving learning and teaching within childrens' classrooms, schools, and communities through research, design, and program evaluation.

Researchers from EDC are working with EAST to inform the development of activities for STEM students with disabilities and to document their impact.  Researchers at EDC have created a website with descriptions and copies of all the instruments used for EAST program evaluation so far. The site is intended for researchers in the field who may be interested in using or adapting these instruments.  This site is located at the following url: http://cct.edc.org/surveys/EAST/instr.html 

EAST Principal Investigators, Director, and Evaluator Publish Journal Article

Jean Whitney, Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, Lynn Lovewell, and Babette Moeller are the authors of “Building Relationships, Sharing Resources, and Opening Opportunities: A STEM Learning Community Builds Social Capital for Students with Disabilities.”  This article was published in the Summer 2012 volume of Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability (pages 131-144) and can be read on-line at http://www.ahead.org/uploads/publications/JPED/jped25_2/JPED25_2_FullDocument.pdf.

Dr. Whitney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, Director of the Office of Educator Preparation, and Co-Principal Investigator of EAST.  Dr. Langley-Turnbaugh is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs-Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity; Dean of Graduate Studies; a Professor of Environmental Science; and Principal Investigator of EAST.  Ms. Lovewell is the Director of EAST.  Dr. Moeller is a researcher and program developer at Education Development Center, Inc.