Will "Micro Schools" Be the "Next Big Thing"?

A recent article in Education Week discussing the recent and growing popularity of "Micro Schools" piqued our interest. Harking back to the early days of mixed age small classrooms, these micro schools are an alternative for those who are dissatisfied with public schools, cannot afford the cost of tuition, or looking for something closer to homeschooling.

New Jersey's Decision to Keep 85% of Common Core Standards

Governor Christie declared that the current Common Core State Standards (CCSS) "simply are not working" for New Jersey students. In response, New Jersey's Standards Review Committee (SRC) assembled over the last year to review their standards and ultimately proposed to keep 85% of them. So, why so little change -- or is the change as little as it seems?

Study finds that many students currently prefer physical books to e-readers

With the proliferation of Kindles, Nooks, and other e-readers, not to mention tablets and even smartphones that can access and show large quantities of text, it might be predicted that traditional books will soon become obsolete - particularly given the increasing concern about limited resources and the volume of paper needed to manufacture books in large quantities. But while the day may come where physical books are no longer important, one recent study suggests that it's still some ways off.

January 2016 - Top Stories

Are Your Periodic Tables Out of Date?

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recently announced four new "super-heavy" elements will be added to the periodic table.

President Obama commits to more Computer Science in Education

A new year, a new product: CMX

The Curriculum Matrix was created over a decade ago as a much needed resource for educators to easily access standards-aligned open educational resources. However, we often heard the questions, "Is there a student interface? Can I make assignments to my students and track their progress?" With the release of CMX this January, EdGate has fulfilled these and many more feature requests.

Importance of Financial Literacy for our High School Graduates

Financial Literacy is being recognized as a platform that can have a diverse effect on our students in paths they pursue post-graduation. Release of the "Champlain College 2015 National Report Card" on state efforts to improve Financial Literacy in High Schools has many states coming up short. Reporting almost 50% of states are failing to provide adequate financial education to their High School students and as a lost opportunity to further assist their ultimate financial success, contribution to a positive economy and career readiness.

Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA]

The new Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA] recently passed by Congress enhances the authority of states and school districts for elementary and secondary education.

Computer Science & Coding Curriculum: Going Global

Around the world, educational bodies are responding to the needs of technology savvy students. The UK, in September 2014, adopted coding curriculum for all students beginning when they first enter school; mandatory for key stages 1 & 2, with plenty of upper level opportunities in key stages 3 & 4. Australia has replaced history and geography with coding with their new digital technologies curriculum.