Safeguarding Student Data in the Classroom and Beyond

EdGate Correlation Services and its parent company, EDmin, fully support the White House goal to ensure that data collected in the educational context is used only for educational purposes. This proposal was announced on January 12, 2015 and its purpose is to provide teachers and parents the confidence they need to enhance teaching and learning with the best technology possible. Learn more about the legislative proposal.

South Carolina Makes "Homegrown" Changes

The 2015-2016 school year promises to be one of change for South Carolina schools. In response to the passing of the new law passed (Act 200), new English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (MA) standards will be in place for the upcoming school year thus removing Common Core from the curriculum.

Expanding and Contracting STEM

With the prominence that the concept of STEM has achieved in educational discourse over the past few years, it's no surprise that a number of people are proposing variations on the basic theme. You may already have heard of STEAM, which intends to integrate art into the curriculum defined by the basic quartet of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; others have proposed STREAM (which adds reading and art) and STEMSS (adding social studies).

Custom Requests

Recently EdGate has received several inquiries about whether we provide custom service requests. When encountering this question - our answer is always - "Yes! Let us know what you are looking for and we will do our best to meet your needs."

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January 2015 - Staff Highlight

In this issue of the EdGate Observer, we would like to introduce a member of our Data Entry Specialist Team, Gerry Griggs.  

January 2015 - Top Stories

Congratulations to the following 2014 EDDIE Award Recipients

The Awards target innovative and content-rich programs (including apps for iPad and Android) and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence:

Digital Media Services

There is no denying that each year, more and more schools and districts around the country are making assertive efforts to bring digital content into their classrooms. Whether it is the traditional classroom or online blended learning, the face of education is and has been changing over the past decade.

AVID Turns 35

In the late 1970s, the California Supreme Court ordered the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) to integrate its schools. Busing brought to Clairemont High School ethnically diverse and lower-income students who-unlike many of their more affluent peers-were not necessarily on the college track. Clairemont teacher Mary Swanson and her colleague developed a plan to meet the needs of their new students: Advancement Via Individual Determination.

Professional Development Standards

Professional Development has been experiencing a renewed focus in education, with schools and districts becoming more focused on 1) implementing new standards and 2) more accountability for the teaching of them. The NGSS has been the most recent surge, and NSTA is responding to this need in their National Convention held in Chicago in March, with Professional Development sessions targeted to help educators and administrators with the implementation of the NGSS.