Teaching Trends

Techie Parents Work to Reinvent School

A movement by former technology executives to found private schools that emphasize performance standards over content aims to educate young people to meet the demands of future jobs.

Texas Has New TEKS Process

In June 2017, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved a new process to be used for the review and revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. The new TEKS review process calls for up to five separate work group meetings and provides multiple opportunities for the public to provide feedback on the recommendations of the work groups. The SBOE also approved updates to the TEKS review and instructional materials adoption schedules, which will impact publishers and their submission process.

Educator Confidence in Technology Increasing

The use of technology in the classroom has been an ongoing topic in education for years, but what do teachers think about implementing technology in the classroom? In the most recent survey commissioned by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH),  there are some truly positive signs. The survey found an increase in teacher confidence this year regarding the use of digital technology in their classrooms.

'Kindness' Curriculum and Standards Are New Focus

Schools across the nation are beginning to strive towards making 'personal character', focusing on kindness, a feature of education for all students. Classes on social-emotional learning, celebrate mindfulness, kindness, and consideration. According to the Josephson Institute, 62% of the students believe that academic achievement is valued more than kindness by the staff.

New York's Next Generation Learning Standards

Two years in the making and New York State released their newly revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards. The changes were a touted as a departure from the Common Core learning standards and with the revisions came a new name: The Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards.

Career Technical Education and Government

As an industry leader, EdGate is "in the know" about teaching trends happening across the country.

In the past few years Career Technical Education has been on the rise, but in recent weeks it has once again taken center stage through a bipartisan bill which the House education committee approved. This bill reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act which was first authorized by the federal government in 1984.

The Hard Work of Growth Mindset in the Classroom

As the "new kid" at EdGate, I get to see a wider range of standards than what I was exposed to in my recent teaching experience. One concept that I used in my own classroom which can be used across the Common Core, modified Common Core or even different state or national standards, is Growth Mindset.

Standards Encourage Collaboration with Scientific Community

As schools work to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, scientists are rethinking how to work with schools to create interest in and strengthen understanding of the field.

Science education is about more than STEM careers. In fact, as David Evans, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, notes, "everyone needs to know how to look at evidence and engage in the practices of science."

Teaching Trends - ESSA Update

An interesting article in Education Week took a look at what was happening around the country with the status of the implementation of ESSA now that a year has gone by since the new law was passed.

Teaching Trends - California's Assessment Battle

California adopted the NGSS science standards and has been teaching them for the entire 2016-17 school year. California education officials submitted a request to the U.S. Department of Education asking for a waiver from federal testing laws so they could begin giving students a new statewide science exam based on the NGSS standards...what the students were learning in their classrooms. The U.S.