Teaching Trends

'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.

New York Revamping Common Core Standards

New York is the latest state to revamp their Common Core standards for math and English Language Arts. On September 21st New York released their new draft standards for both subjects. Public comment on these will be open until November 14th. Sixty percent of the ELA standards and 55% of the math standards have been changed in this draft version and it is expected that the final revisions will be presented to the Board of Regents early next year.

Bridging the Gap Between Teacher and Technology

Many teachers feel they are not utilizing technology effectively in the classroom. According to a recent University of Phoenix College of Education survey, two in five (43%) of teachers rated themselves average or below average in educational technology skills.

A Global Perspective: Bringing the World Into Classrooms

A topic that has garnered importance recently, especially in light of today's interconnected world, is the idea of global competence in students. A recent article in Education Week delves into the necessity for students to develop knowledge and skills in global competence. This starts with an understanding of how issues of global concern are often not just local issues, but they can often impact societies around the world.