Member Spotlight: Education Development Center (EDC)

An early pioneer of hands-on science education, EDC has grown to become one of the world’s leading nonprofit education and health research organizations. What began as a gathering of MIT scientists in a Cambridge storefront is today a worldwide organization with 1,700 staff addressing urgent challenges in more than 35 countries. Based in its new headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, EDC also maintains offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago and has field offices around the world.

Since 1958, EDC has focused on education that builds knowledge and skill, makes possible a deeper understanding of the world, and engages learners as active, problem-solving participants. Whether developing a math curriculum in the United States or promoting the health and well-being of youth in Botswana, EDC’s work is united by the strong conviction that learning has the power to transform lives.

Named twice to The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work,” EDC’s staff is composed of scientists, researchers, mathematicians, educators, and health and technology specialists. Staff expertise includes research, training, policy, curriculum and materials development, and education technology, and their activities range from small seed projects to large-scale national and international initiatives.

“Joining the New England Council has served to raise EDC’s profile in the Massachusetts business community, letting others know about our work with schools, educators, and health professionals throughout the state, New England, and the rest of the country,” said CEO Luther Luedtke.

EDC’s revenues exceeded $200 million in 2011, and its funders include state and federal government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private and corporate sources, and others.

For more information about EDC, please visit, find us on Facebook, or visit us on Twitter at edctweets.

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