September 2019 Newsletter
This Month’s Top Standards News and Trends
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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is expanding in a big way. Not only are new SEL publishers popping up, but traditional “four core” publishers are integrating SEL into their existing curriculum. Additionally, twenty states plus Washington D.C. include mental health in their health or education standards. You’ll see the standards for that curriculum covered through SEL standards or directly in the Health & PE standards. This month we found a useful interactive map showing each state’s status regarding mental health standards.
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A recent study by TODAY found at least 20 U.S. states currently include mental health in their general K-12 health education standards, nine of which are written into curriculum by law. In addition, three more states have proposed new legislation to include this new requirement.
An excellent interactive map showing each state’s status regarding mental health standards can be found here.
In recent years, New York signed into law Bill A3887B to include mental health education as part of health education across all grade levels. This new legislation aims at increasing awareness; teaching students how to advocate for themselves and their peers. As students learn more social and emotional skills, these states hope to incorporate mental health into their curriculum as a way to show how health education and social and emotional skills fit together. With an increase in children diagnosed in the US with anxiety or depression, teachers and students alike believe mental health is just as important as all other aspects of health issues so incorporating this curriculum into their daily lives helps students succeed in the long run.
In Virginia, there is a law that requires mental health education in 9th and 10th grades. The state hopes to expand the requirement to include kindergarten through the 10th grade. The proposed standards are designed to be incorporated into existing standards for social and emotional health, said Vanessa Wigand, coordinator for K-12 health education, driver education and physical education for the Virginia Department of Education. They include age-appropriate instructional practices targeted at reducing stigma and explaining how to maintain good mental health, understand mental health disorders, pick up on signs and symptoms of distress, and seek help.
At EdGate we currently offer Health and PE standards, as well as Social and Emotional standards in our repository. Contact us for more details.
By: Sharla Schuller
Like many busy working moms I was recently last-minute Googling birthday ideas for my 10-year-old son. One particular item popped up that caught me by surprise. Not because it involved slime (always popular) or Nerf (If I find one more stray Nerf bullet!), but because it was a product that I recognized from working in EdTech, an augmented reality product produced by MergeVR that my company, EdGate, had recently aligned to science standards. A product had actually passed through that invisible toy/curriculum barrier into the microcosm of cool educational products that a 10-year-old might actually dig AND learn something from.
I realized it wasn’t just the MergeVR cube that has made its way from suggested Amazon.com birthday gift lists all the way to the classroom. We all know how much kids love Minecraft. I mean breeding virtual sheep while also learning multiples of four; who can resist? And now Sony has landed on the scene in a big way with a kit that contains…wait for it…all the tools to build robots! Honestly, if teachers are arguing over who gets to build the Sony KOOV robot, students must be clambering to build them too.
But then you have to ask yourself the age-old question; can a product be considered super cool AND actually teach to standards? Of course, the answer is yes and not just because I’m writing this article about how products can be educational and fun.
Take the MergeVR cube. Imagine using a cube that offers augmented reality experiences where you hold the solar system in the palm of your hand, examine dinosaur fossils and ancient artifacts, and investigate the human heart. Students use a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to interact with the MERGE Cube, learning complex concepts through the mixed reality experience, as well as accompanying lessons.
“This is the first school year that we’re rolling out – but teachers and students are absolutely in love with it,” said Jeremy Kenisky, Vice President/Creative at MergeVR. “Students get super engaged and often are able to retain the information much more clearly than looking at photos in a book or reading something off of a web page. By holding digital objects in their hands and creating their own experiences using some of our apps, they learn faster, easier, utilize a lot more of their senses, and have fun.”
Gina Faulk is a guest contributor for MDR Education’s blog. Visit their website for the full article.
By: Gina Faulk
Social Emotional Learning versus Character Education: we often hear both terms being used, but how are they different? According to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University there are five main skills that students learn through social and emotional learning (SEL). They are:
- Social skills
- Social awareness Skills
- Social decision-making and problem-solving skills
- Self-awareness skills
- Self-management skills
Character education promotes the following:
- Moral sensitivity
- Moral commitment
- Ethical reasoning
- Personal Growth
Per Committee for Children, although often used interchangeably, character education and SEL are not the same. An important difference between SEL and character education is that some character education approaches are focused on developing morally responsible youth, and that is not the defining feature of SEL. It is significant to make that distinction. Teaching morals and values can raise concerns about whether they can be changed, and whether instruction is the responsibility of families or schools. Giving youth the knowledge and skills for being self-aware, developing relationships, and making responsible decisions so they can successfully navigate the challenges in life is what SEL is all about.
The SEL process, as outlined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), helps “children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Teaching the skills around these core competencies—self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness—is central to SEL.
For more information about SEL standards, please contact us.
By: Gina Faulk
Curriculum Grants and Funding
In this new section of the EdGate Observer we point our clients to news about districts, states, etc. that may have available funding for curriculum.
This month we highlight three awards:
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- AP U.S. Government and Politics Course Description (Licensing Only) Social Studies 9/25/2019 (AD 2019) Grades 9-12
- Arkansas English Language Learners 9/13/2019 (AD 2018) Grades K, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12
- Georgia Arts Education 9/18/2019 (AD 2018) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,6-8,9-12
- Georgia Technology Education 9/6/2019 (AD 2019) Grades K-2, 3-5,6-8, 9-12
- Health Science Breakouts - 130.222 Principles of Health Science (TX) Career Technical Education 9/12/2019 (AD 2015) Grades 9-10 (Licensing Only)
- Idaho Mathematics 9/19/2019 (AD 2016) Grades K-12, K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, 9-12
- Indiana Technology Education 9/11/2019 (AD 2018) Grades 9-12
- Kansas Technology Education 8/26/2019 (AD 2019) Grades PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-8, 9-12
- Kentucky Arts Education 8/23/2019 (AD 2015) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Michigan Social Studies 9/9/2019 (AD 2019) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Michigan Technology Education 8/26/2019 (AD 2019) Computer Science: Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12
- Mississippi Technology Education 8/26/2019 (AD 2019) Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12
- Missouri Technology Education 8/26/2019 (AD 2019) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12
- National Health Education Standards (NHES) Health and PE 8/27/2019 (REV 2015) Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
- North Dakota Science 9/19/2019 (AD 2019) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
- North Dakota Arts Education 8/23/2019 (AD 2019) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Oregon Arts Education 8/23/2019 (AD 2015) Grades PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Queensland Curriculum Language Arts 9/3/2019 (AD 2019) Adopted ACARA: Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
- Queensland Curriculum Mathematics 8/30/2019 (AD 2019) Adopted ACARA: Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
- Queensland Curriculum Social Studies 8/30/2019 (AD 2019) Adopted ACARA: Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
- Queensland Curriculum Science 8/30/2019 (AD 2019) Adopted ACARA: Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
- Seattle Archdiocese 2014 Religious Studies 9/5/2019 (AD 2014) Grades PreK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- South Dakota Mathematics 9/25/2019 (REV 2018) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Tennessee Arts Education 9/3/2019 (AD 2016) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Texas Social Studies 9/16/2019 (AD 2018) Grades 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Texas Technology Education 9/13/2019 (AD 2018) Grades 9-12 (add new courses 126.36, 126.51, 126.52)
- Vermont Financial Literacy 8/29/2019 (AD 2018) Grades K, 1-4, 5-8, 9-12
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