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The California Department of Education is Strengthening the Balance in Its Ethnic Studies

Proposed changes to the California curriculum to strengthen the Ethnic Studies include rewording and creating new lessons that include a broader spectrum of ethnic groups. The goal is to educate students on achievements by various ethnic and religious groups. The California State Superintendent of Public Instruction noted the curriculum updates will promote conversations of additional groups “whose stories need to be told.”

Executive Function Skills in the Classroom

Age-old skills in a new package! We all grew up hearing “be positive, flexible, and work hard.” These 3 fundamental tenants of brain management are now being packaged and marketed in education arenas as teachable entities, particularly in focus due to our 2020 Pandemic. With kids ousted from their ‘normal’ classroom environment, where teachers were in charge of the student’s ‘focus’, students have struggled with suddenly having to manage ‘focus’ on their own.

Did you know that EdGate can align content to Certifications?

Certifications and Education Standards have a lot in common; you can almost think of a K-12 standard as the younger sibling of a Certification!

Education Standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. These standards are used throughout K-12 education. 

Certifications are designated credentials earned by an individual to verify their legitimacy and competence to perform a job. 

Curriculum Grants and Funding November 2020

In this section of the EdGate Observer we point our clients to news about districts, states, etc. that may have available funding for curriculum.

This month we highlight two upcoming grants and awards:

Standards Update - November 2020

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

  • Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) Social and Emotional Learning (AD 2018/IMPL 2020) From HPE - Grades PK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
  • Indiana Academic Standards Language Arts (AD 2020) Media Courses: Grade 9-12
  • Kansas Academic Standards Language Arts (AD 2020) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6 Handwriting
  • Louisiana Connectors (uncorrelated) Language Arts (AD 2018) K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10,11-12

 

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The Outdoor Education Movement

As schools nationwide search for ways to protect students and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, some have adapted to outside the box classrooms. For many, this means classrooms have moved to an all outdoor setting helping to lessen the worries surrounding closed spaces and transmission of the virus. 

COVID Minimum Standards

As teachers and administrators look to the 2020/2021 school year, they are "expressing concern over student learning gaps due to the distance learning environment forced on educators by the COVID-19 pandemic." This statement, expressed by Kyra Donovan, of The International Center for Leadership in Education means that states are re-examining their educational standards to determine what the minimum, essential standards are for student success.

EdGate is always on the CASE…about CASE

EdGate is diligently monitoring which states are using IMS Global CASE identifiers to represent their standards. While there are many states making plans to transition to the IMS Global CASE identifiers, the following is a list of states that are already actively using CASE:

Curriculum Grants and Funding

In this section of the EdGate Observer we point our clients to news about districts, states, etc. that may have available funding for curriculum.

This month we highlight two upcoming grants and awards:

Standards Update - October 2020

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include: