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).

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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.  

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