Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards have been closely scrutinized virtually since their inception by scientists and others. The most public controversy has been, unsurprisingly, about the treatment of evolution in the NGSS. However, specialists in other areas are contributing their views as well.

The Australian National Curriculum (Standards)

As announced by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), in 2014 the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum was implemented for the four core subject areas. The national curriculum (educational standards) was implemented to improve the learning outcomes for Australian students regardless of their socio-educational advantages or disadvantage.

July 2015 - Staff Highlight

In this issue of the EdGate Observer, we would like to introduce a member of our Digital/Video Content Team, Katherine Schugren-Meyer.

July 2015 - Top Stories

All Teachers Are STEM Teachers

With the recent focus on the need for STEM careers, teachers need to ensure that STEM education is available to all students.

Common-Core Materials Penetrate Every State

ISTE 2015

A big thank you to those of you who attended ISTE and took time out of your busy schedule to meet with us! We appreciate the work that goes into these conferences and trust your time and efforts will soon pay off!

For us, it was great to connect with clients face-to-face as well as meet new prospects and get the buzz on what is happening in the industry.

Foundational Strategies as a Tool for Common Core at All Grade Levels

According to Professor Maria Mongillo, elementary and secondary school teachers will benefit from reviewing strategies established in Early Childhood Common Core Standards as a foundational teaching tool for learning at any grade level. Teachers can utilize simple techniques used for hands on learning to develop targeted learning centers with high quality materials. Exposing students to concrete examples that pull from their personal experience and develop critical thinking skills will fortify their drive to solve problems presented in real world applications.

Using Personalization in Blended Learning

We have heard about the rising tide of "Blended Learning" instruction for several years now and it has changed the way students learn and teachers teach.

"Grit" Perseveres

For education purposes, "Grit," is loosely defined as persistence over time to overcome challenges and accomplish big goals (Duckworth, 2013; Shechtman, DeBarger, Dornsife, Rosier, & Yarnall, 2013). The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will begin aggregating data on students' grit, and desire for learning as well as other non-cognitive factors in 2017.

June 2015 - Staff Highlight

In this issue of the EdGate Observer, we would like to introduce a member of our Language Arts/ESL Team, Tammy Reid.