March 2020 Newsletter

This Month’s Top Standards News and Trends

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It would be an understatement to simply say it's been a challenging month. At EdGate we’ve shifted to 100% remote work while also transitioning our own children to remote learning. Here in Washington State we are witnessing firsthand how important it is to provide online curriculum to those students who are now out of school for the foreseeable future. For our part, please know that if your content needs to be altered for use by remote learners, our small army of former teachers are standing by to help. Reach out to us if we can support your business to quickly facilitate the high demand for online learning. Stay well!

Gina Faulk, General Manager


Hot Topic

To honor Women’s History, EdGate asked several of our subject matter experts for their favorite historical female figure and then we tied that special woman to a standard. Here’s who they shared.  

Jodi Waugh, ELA Project Manager

Amelia Earhart: Earhart was an American pilot that set multiple flying records, her most notable being the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. Before her disappearance in 1937, she worked to promote opportunities for women in aviation. She helped to form the Ninety-Nines, an international organization for the advancement of female pilots and became the first president of the organization of licensed pilots, which still represents women flyers today.


ACARA Australia

  • CHMH. - Modern History
  • ACHMH.3. - Unit 3: Modern Nations in the 20th century
  • ACHMH.3.2. - Historical knowledge and understanding
  • ACHMH.3.2.1. - United States of America, 1917 –1945 (Entry into WWI – End of WWII)
  • ACHMH. - The role and impact of significant individuals in the period, for example Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, F. D. Roosevelt, Booker T Washington, Jessie Owens, Amelia Earhart (ACHMH119)

Jennifer Larson, Social Studies Project Manager

Sandra Day O’Connor: O’Connor was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. She spent 25 years on the bench and retired in 2006 to spend more time with her husband. She founded iCivics in 2009 with the goal of transforming civic education for every student in America. 


High School – United States History Content Standards

  • Topic 4 – Defending Democracy: the Cold War and Civil Rights at Home – Supporting Question: How did the U.S. government respond to challenges of freedom at home during the Cold War?
  • 8 – Using primary and secondary sources, analyze the causes and course of one of the following social and political movements, including consideration of the role of protest, advocacy organizations, and active citizen participation:
    • a. - Women’s rights, including the writings on feminism by Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and others; the availability of the birth control pill; the activism of the National Organization for Women and opposition to the movement by conservative leaders such as Phyllis Schlafly; passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution (1972), and its failure to achieve sufficient ratification by states; Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, the appointment of Sandra Day O’Connor as the first woman Justice of the Supreme Court in 1981, and increasing numbers of women in elected offices in national and state government

Larry Johnson, Science Project Manager

Marie Curie: Curie was a physicist, chemist and a pioneer in the study of radiation. She and her husband were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911 for her radioactive discoveries. During World War I she developed mobile radiography units to provide X-ray services to field hospitals.


Texas Grade 9 – Adopted 2018 GRADE LEVEL EXPECTATION

  • §113.42.(27)(E) identify the contributions of significant scientists and inventors such as Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Louis Pasteur, and James Watt.

John Kullberg, Mathematics Project Manager

Ada Lovelace: Lovelace was a British mathematician who has been called the world's first computer programmer. She is best known for her collaboration with English engineer Charles Babbage on the automatic calculating machines during which she contributed many equations and formulas which some scholars say can be seen as the first computer program ever written.


West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standard for Technology and Computer Science

  • CS.M.29. - Investigate the history of computers, identifying contributors and major milestones (e.g., Alan Turing, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, analytical machine, ENIAC, IBM PC)


These women were definitely first in their fields. Their fortitude to blaze the trails opened doors for all the women who have come after them.

By: Laura Jacoby
Office Administrator


"Photograph of Sandra Day O'Connor Being Sworn in a Supreme Court Justice by Chief Justice Warren Burger..." by The U.S. National Archives, used under CC BY / Cropped from original


EdGate Services

Arguably one of the greatest impacts of COVID-19 has been the havoc generated with school closures and the resulting stress placed on families, teachers, and students. High school graduation requirements and ceremonies, sports, as well as College studies and ceremonies, all up in the air. At the very least, a chaotic educational environment for students and teachers!

In Philadelphia, approximately 50% of the students do not have internet, much less computers at home. One Philadelphia teacher put together printed packets, got them to her students, and followed up with phone calls to every student she can reach. This ‘hero’ story reminds me of my favorite classroom poster of a vast beach, strewn with stranded starfish, certain to perish in the hot sun. Except for one boy who was carrying them to the water to save them. A gentleman approached and said, “There are way too many starfish; you cannot possibly save them all.” To which the boy replied, with starfish in hand, “I can save this one.”

So now here with are, with many states having closed their schools and moving online. Universities are following suit, utilizing available media solutions like Zoom for collaborative learning abilities. EdGate is poised to help teachers, districts, and publishers by creating learning progressions, writing lesson plans, and providing access to our library of OER content. As many publishers and online course providers are scrambling to creatively find solutions to help in this crisis, EdGate’s team of former educators can draw upon our years of experience in the classroom to support all learners.

Collectively, great things can be accomplished, and with EdGate helping publishers, publishers helping teachers, and media helping students connect online, the tsunami of online education has begun.

By: Larry Johnson
Project Manager


Curriculum Grants and Funding

In this 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 two grants and awards:


Standard Updates

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:


  • Arkansas Language Arts (AD 2019) add new courses Grades 9-12
  • California Alternate Assessment Standards - English Language Arts (Licensing Only) Language Arts (AD 2014) Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,and 11
  • California Alternate Assessment Standards - Mathematics (Licensing Only) Mathematics (AD 2014) Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,and 11
  • Georgia Health and PE (AD 2018 - PE) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
  • Indiana Language Arts (AD 2018) HS Journalism Grades 11-12
  • Indiana 2018 Content Connectors - Language Arts (Licensing Only) Language Arts (AD 2019) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10,11-12
  • Indiana 2018 Content Connectors - Mathematics (Licensing Only) Mathematics (AD 2018) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,3-12,9-12
  • Kentucky Health and PE (AD 2019) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
  • Maryland World Languages (AD 2016) Grades PK-12,PK-5,6-8,9-12
  • NCE Early Years Framework - Literacy Language Arts (AD 2017) Foundation Stage (FS)
  • Nebraska Social Studies (AD 2019/IMPL 2020) Social Studies Future (AD 2018) K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
  • Nevada 2018 Connectors for English Language Arts (Licensing Only) Language Arts (AD 2018) Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,11 (Licensing Only)
  • Nevada 2018 Connectors for Mathematics (Licensing Only) Mathematics (2018-2019) Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,11
  • Nevada 2018 Connectors for Science (Licensing Only) Science (2018-2019) Grades 5,8,11
  • New Jersey Social Studies 2020 Draft Social Studies (Draft 2020) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
  • Pennsylvania Alternate Eligible Content across the Grades - Language Arts (Licensing Only) Language Arts (AD 2017) Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8, and 11
  • Rhode Island Science (AD 2013) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
  • Texas Social and Emotional Learning (AD 2019) Character Education Traits - Grades K-12


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