Teaching Trends

A Decline in Civic Knowledge

With politics at the forefront of nearly every headline these day, knowing the fundamentals of our political system is a topic states are addressing as they are looking to increase student understanding of the basic structure and function of our government. A recent EdWeek article points out to a decline in civic knowledge.  Pennsylvania is expected to be the latest state to require students to take a mandatory civics test in school.

STEAM and SEL – Using Robots to Blend Learning of Hard and Soft Skills

New this year, the Redwood City School District began a Kindergarten program to not only introduce student to STEAM skills, but also to encourage and develop social-emotional skills. The focus of the program is to enhance problem solving skills in the creative and analytical process so that children are more cooperative and collaborative. Students work together to program robots to make movements and accomplish tasks. In doing so, they are learning basic coding skills. In this era, it is definitely an advantage for students to have coding skills.

Principals' Assessment of Public Education Highlights Importance of College and Career Readiness

The 2018 Principals' Assessment of Public Education has been released. Among the issues raised are college and career readiness, and the related area of career and technical education. Notably, the report states "There are thousands of jobs that require technical training but do not require a college degree. On the other hand, there are still too many high school graduates who arrive at college unprepared for college level instruction."

Expand the 21st Century Skills Standards?

There is an interest to expand the 21st Century Skills educational standards from the current 4 "Cs", to 5 or 6 core skills. The current "4C's of 21st century" skills consist of 1) critical thinking, 2) creativity, 3) collaboration, and 4) communication. The 5th 'C' would represent "Computational" skills, or computational thinking, and become another core skill of the 21st Century Skills, and would be taught to all students.

Microsoft's Minecraft

Bringing technology into the classroom is a topic we revisit often as it is such an important aspect of the 21st century classroom. Content providers are continuing to integrate innovative and fun resources to enhance student learning. One such resource is Microsoft's Minecraft game which was recently featured in an article touting its use in the Montour Pennsylvania School District.

LGBT lessons in California schools

California has become the first state in the US to adopt textbooks that highlight the contributions of people who contributed to the development of California and the US as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Need Georgia Department of Education Learning Standards CASE Format Identifiers? Yeah, We've Got Those.

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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.