August 2021 Newsletter
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How does EdGate help publishers address unfinished learning?
As districts across the nation open their doors to in-person learning, some for the first time in 18 months, educators are beginning to learn the effects of unfinished learning.
EdGate's focus has always been on offering services to assist publishers in providing content optimized to meet the needs of each student. We also realize the need for streamlined learning that allows students to meet targeted goals so they can move on quickly to the next concept or life skill. We have many different ways to help. Start a conversation with us to learn how our services can improve your product.
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Technology is transforming the U.S. and global education system at an accelerating rate. Before COVID, the lasting impact of technology on teaching and learning was nearing the tipping point. The vast majority of districts had broad rollouts of digital devices to every middle and high school student. Pandemic-induced virtual instruction required digital learning devices, high-speed internet at school and home, and learning management systems for every student, teacher, and administrator. A classroom without walls is now a reality for most students.
The swift transformation of the educational infrastructure revealed new opportunities and challenges. Challenges include: reskilling teachers to not just use digital learning devices, but also to be effective; making engaging and effective digital content is readily available for all grades and subjects, and; finding new ways to support student and teacher social and emotional needs, despite the challenges of the rapid technological transformation. The benefits of innovation resulted in new solutions to persistent learning challenges and instructional wins.
Many opportunities have emerged from the technological transformation of education. One of the most important is that students and teachers are immersed in using the skills and developing the dispositions required for success in the 21st century. Online and hybrid instruction require essential life skills such as increased self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision making. Publishers will need to review their digital offerings to fulfill the content needs of technology-transformed education. Students will now be able to access a wider and deeper range of learning resources that are not constrained by the limitations of the classroom. Literally, the embodiment of a classroom without walls was envisioned by Marshall MucLuhan. The tools available on a laptop or tablet, greatly expand the learning experience, by allowing more creativity with the array of desktop tools/software.
The COVID crisis exposed a real need for publishers to expand and rethink their digital offerings. The timing is opportune with both growing demand and historically high levels of funding. EdGate can help evaluate and optimize your digital offerings to be personalized, aligned, and targeted to both traditional subjects, life skills, and SEL standards. Contact us to learn more about EdGate’s content optimization services.
By: Larry Johnson
Concern is high among parents and students as to whether digital learning has provided educational experiences comparable to that offered in a traditional classroom. The Covid 19 health pandemic may have given rise to an educational pandemic, Unfinished Learning.
The quick shift to online education became the norm last year. Districts struggled to update their IT infrastructure, educators, parents and students learned new online platforms, and Zoom fatigue became a real concern. By the end of the 2020-21 school year, students often found final grades adjusted, end-of-year exams canceled, and college entrance exams were no longer offered or required. As a new school year begins, districts are studying what learning gaps may exist and what unfinished learning needs to be addressed to get students on track.
According to McKinsey & Company's article COVID-19 and education: The lingering effects of unfinished learning "the impact of the pandemic on K–12 student learning was significant, leaving students on average five months behind in mathematics and four months behind in reading by the end of the school year." This significant learning loss can be attributed to technology issues, disengaged students, and oftentimes pandemic induced family life disruptions while at-home learning. The study suggests these students are at risk of finishing school without the skills, behaviors, and mindsets to succeed in college or the workforce.
The vast majority of districts are providing personalized learning, teacher training to target individual student instructional needs, life skill and social-emotional learning programs to address unfinished learning. Research indicates these programs will help fill learning gaps.
EdGate strives to work with world class publishers and EdTech companies to ensure their educational offerings personalize learning, target individual student learning needs, deliver life skill programs and social-emotional resources aligned to every classroom’s requirements nationally and in international classrooms. Contact us to learn more about EdGate’s content optimization services and how we can improve the effectiveness of your offerings in the classroom.
By: Nancy Rubesch
Students will return to school with a different set of challenges than previous years. Research indicates unfinished learning has reached “epidemic” proportions. Unfinished learning is more than academic shortfall, but also how students may have difficulty interacting with one another and their community. Students have spent the last 18 months with only virtual interactions outside the home. Often they have experienced the loss of a family member, or in extreme cases, were in an abusive environment. Each student has their own social trauma brought on by the pandemic. Schools are working to address this as part of their curriculum using Social Emotional Learning standards (SEL).
How is SEL addressing these unfinished learning gaps?
Studies have found that students are less likely to retain information if they are in emotional distress. By integrating SEL into curriculum, it has been shown to help engage students and teach them how to become innovative in the face of challenge. With improved social behaviors and lower levels of distress, students can focus on academics and ideally recover from learning loss.
Currently, SEL standards are defined in 29 states. Many other states and regions offer SEL instruction but have not yet adopted standards. As a publisher, navigating these ever-changing standards can be challenging. EdGate helps publishers optimize their content to address the needs of educators and learners in these demanding times. For example our subject matter experts understand the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) standards and can help integrate them into academic material to address state mandates. We maintain updated standards for all the United States. and continuously add/update standards such as SEL standards as they become available.
Reach out to us to find out how we can help you optimize your content by aligning your digital offerings to SEL standards or hundreds of other market requirements.
By: Sharla Schuller
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 three upcoming grant and award:
- The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is inviting Letters of Intent in Early Childhood Welfare, Early Childhood Education and Play, and Parenting Education.
- General Motors is inviting applications for programs and initiatives aligned with strategic focus areas in STEM education, community development, vehicle and road safety, and projects that serve Detroit, Michigan.
- The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is offering partnership grants focused on creating opportunities for children and families living in urban poverty, with a deep emphasis on measuring impact.
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- AP Environmental Science Course Description (2020) Science Grades 9-12
- Arkansas Technology Education Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
- Colorado Science Grades PK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12Curriculum for Wales Language Arts (2016) Key Stages 2-4/Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
- Curriculum for Wales Social Studies (2008) Key Stages 2-3
- Curriculum for Wales Science (AD 2008) Key Stages 2,3,4
- Florida Language Arts Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
- Florida B.E.S.T. Access Points Language Arts (AD 2021) Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Idaho Health and PE HE & PE - Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
- Indiana Social and Emotional Learning (Revised 2021) Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-10,11-12
- Kansas Social Studies Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
- Kentucky Financial Literacy (AD 2019) Grades K-3,4-5,6-8,9-12
- Kentucky Career Development (AD 2019) Grades K-3,4-5,6-8,9-12
- Maine Language Arts Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
- Minnesota Health and PE PE - Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Montana Social Studies Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
- Montana Technology Education (Computer Science & Technology Integration) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
- Nevada Health and PE (Health Education) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
- New Brunswick Curriculum Science (AD 2003-2017) Grades 9,10,11,12
- New Jersey Social Studies Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
- New Jersey Technology Education Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
- New Jersey World Languages Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
- New Jersey Science Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
- North Carolina Social Studies Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- North Carolina Technology Education (Computer Science) Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
- Ohio World Languages Grades K-6,7-12
- Oklahoma anguage Arts Grades PK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
- Oregon Language Arts Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10,11-12
- Pennsylvania Eligible Content (2014) Language Arts (Revised 2017) Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8
- Rhode Island Mathematics Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- South Carolina Science Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Texas College and Career Readiness Standards Language Arts (AD 2018) Grade 12
- Texas College and Career Readiness Standards Mathematics (AD 2018) Grade 12
- Utah Technology Education Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10,11-12
- Virginia Early Childhood Education Grades 0-8m, 6-14m, 12-24m, 34-48m, 44-60m
- Virginia Arts Education Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Virginia Science Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7-8,9-12
- Virginia Arts Education Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Wisconsin Mathematics Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Wisconsin Language Arts Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10,11-12
- Wisconsin English Language Learners (WIDA 2020) Grades K,1,2-3,4-5,6-8,9-12
- Wisconsin Health and PE PE (2020) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Wyoming Mathematics Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Wyoming Computer Science (AD 2020/IMPL 2022) Technology Education FUTURE - Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
- Social Studies FUTURE - Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- World Languages FUTURE - Grades K-2,K-12
- Mathematics FUTURE - Grades K-12,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Arts Education FUTURE - Grades K-5,K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,6,7,8,9-12
- Technology Education FUTURE -Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
- Language Arts FUTURE - Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
- Language Arts FUTURE - Grades K-12,K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,6,7,8,9-10,11-12
- Science FUTURE - Grades K-2,1,2,3-5,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
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