July 2019 Newsletter
This Month’s Top Standards News and Trends
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Edgate is deep in CTE! Check out the laundry list of Career Technical Education and Career Development standards that EdGate has been ingesting and tagging within the last one month alone! More than ever, EdGate is the go-to source for CTE. And if you love visualizing data, take a look at EdGate’s updated state-by-state CTE map. This map is constantly changing and we are busily monitoring each state in order to keep our publishing clients up-to-date with the most accurate CTE data found anywhere.
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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Technology Education? Traditionally these are not two subjects that we would lump together. However, as SEL is increasingly becoming mandatory curriculum in schools, educators must determine where to fit SEL in.
Here are EdGate, SEL has weaved its way into our daily vernacular. Our team of standards alignment subject matter experts (SMEs) is as comfortable talking about the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) standards as they are talking about NGSS standards. And in addition to CASEL, states continue to publish their own SEL standards. So yes, SEL is happening.
Separately, students are being immersed into Technology Education. They are learning how to code. They are learning about AR and VR. They are being immersed into technology that brings learning to life. But could SEL and Technology Education actually be combined? Industry professional say yes.
“In many cases people think that the SEL and Technology Education are at odds with each other,” says Christopher Dudick, CEO of SiLAS, a gamified learning company that enables educators to help students build social skills. “After all, how can someone be social if they are on a computer or a phone? But without a doubt technology is here to stay and it is extremely engaging to students. Our belief is that if you build the right technology-based platform and combine it with SEL curriculum in a positive way it can be a wonderful solution.”
In a nutshell, using the SiLAS program, students write a script that describes how they might handle a situation more effectively, e.g. cooperating with a classmate. The students then select avatars that represent them, the proper background, then create and record a real time animated video that models a more constructive interaction. All of this is achieved using video-game controllers and headset microphones, resembling a student’s favorite video game.
Headsets? X-Box controllers? How the classroom has changed!
To access the full article and learn about additional SEL + Technology Ed projects, please go to MDR Education site here.
By: Gina Faulk
As I write, the 8th Annual STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by NSTA, is taking place in San Francisco. The push is to help students stay motivated in the STEM arena. Studies show that 60% of high school students who start out interested in STEM careers lose interest by their senior year. A study by the Business-Higher Education Forum found that only 17% of high school students are both interested in STEM, and proficient enough in math to succeed.
Virtual content and field trips bring students face-to-face with Earth's most fragile ecosystems, and help keep students engaged. These virtual experiences then allow students to grasp the importance of their own local issues, and hopefully act on them.
Classroom Resources vetted by NSTA teacher curators, are available online, and are easily infusible into an existing curriculum.
Additional new content across a range of interests is being developed to help students stay involved. A few examples are 1) the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, and 2) lesson plans utilizing the Earthrise phenomenon (images of Earth as first viewed by the Apollo 8 astronauts) stimulate a central focus for exploring Earth's global systems and how they change over time. Also the “Physics Aviary” site has hundreds of physics-related simulations, labs, etc., for students or teachers to assimilate into their wheelhouse of STEM experiences.
STEM is on the move!
By: Larry Johnson
In an increasingly competitive job market, students across the country are gaining the opportunity to start preparing for their careers as early as middle school with Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.
At North Bend Middle School in Oregon, dozens of eighth-graders spent their most recent school year participating in introductory CTE courses, with topics ranging from construction to graphic arts to technology. These classes are modified to fit the middle school students’ needs. Like the high school CTE program, the courses focus on hands-on, project-based learning.
Educators who offer middle school CTE programs believe that students who participate early are more likely to continue their career training in high school. According to a recent article in Education Week, students who concentrate on CTE have a graduation rate of 90 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average.
EdGate recently updated the CTE map on our website. We will continue to stay on top of these CTE programs as they grow more popular and continue to improve.
By: Tamara Haskett
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- Michigan Career Technical - Education Human Services (AD 2012) Grades 9-12
- Michigan Career Technical Education - Health Science (AD 2017) Grades 9-12
- Michigan Career Technical Education - Government and Public Administration (AD 2012) Grades 9-12
- Tennessee Social Studies (AD 2017) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- South Dakota Mathematics (AD 2018) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- South Dakota Language Arts (AD 2018) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-10, 11-12
- Michigan Career Technical Education - Energy (AD 2016) Grades 9-12
- New York Language Arts (AD 2017) Grades PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-10, 11-12
- Hawaii Social Studies (AD 2018) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Hawaii Science (AD 2016) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-8, 9-12
- Arizona Science (AD 2018) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Indiana Health and PE (AD 2017) HE: PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 -- PE: PreK-K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Newfoundland and Labrador Standards Science (AD 2018) Grades 6, 9-12 (Chemistry 2202, Science 1206, Physics 2204)
- Michigan Health and PE (AD 2017) PE - Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Illinois Financial Literacy (AD 2009) Grades 9-12
- Nebraska Career Development (AD 2010) Grades 9-12
- Michigan Career Technical Education - Finance (AD 2012) Grades 9-12
- Council of Economic Education (CEE) National Standards for Financial Literacy Financial Literacy (AD 2013) Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12
- Michigan Career Technical Education - Education & Training (AD 2012) Grades 9-12
- New Jersey Career Development (AD 2014) Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12
- Missouri Financial Literacy (AD 2017) Grades 9-12
- Michigan Career Technical Education - Business Management and Administration (AD 2012) Grades 9-12
- Michigan Career Technical Education - Arts, AV Technology & Communication (AD 2012) Grades 9-12
- Indiana Technology Education - Computer Science Middle Level (AD 2019) Grades 6-8
- Alabama Career Development (AD 2016) Grades 9-12
- Texas Career Development (AD 2015) Grades 7-8, 11-12
- Illinois Career Development (AD 2004) Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
- Texas Language Arts (AD 2017) K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Alabama Career Development - Counseling and Guidance (AD 2003) K-12
- Arkansas Financial Literacy (AD 2017) Grades 9-12
- Michigan Career Technical Education - Architecture & Construction (AD 2012) Grades 9-12
- Wisconsin Financial Literacy (AD 2006) Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12
- Wyoming Career Development (AD 2014) Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
- Arizona Career Development (AD 2018) Grades 9-12
- Wisconsin Career Development (AD 2016) Grades 6-8, 9-12
- Oklahoma Financial Literacy (AD 2015) Grades 7-12
- Ohio Technology Education (AD 2018) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Maryland Financial Literacy (AD 2016) Grades K-5,6-8,9-12
- New Jersey Financial Literacy (AD 2014) Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12
- Tennessee Financial Literacy (AD 2016) Grades 9-12
- Ohio Financial Literacy (AD 2018) Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12
- Oregon Career Development (AD 2014) Grades 6-12
- Indiana Financial Literacy (AD 2012) Grades 6-8,9-12
- Pennsylvania Career Development (AD 2006) Grades K-3,4-5,6-8,9-11
- Georgia Financial Literacy (AD 2018) Grades 9-12
- Alaska Career Development (AD 1998) Employability Skills Grades 9-12
- Alaska Career Development (AD 1998) Employability Skills Grades 9-12
- Delaware Financial Literacy (AD 2018) Grades K-3,4-5,6-8,9-12
- Nevada Health and PE (AD 2007/REV 2018) Health Education Grades PreK-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
- Washington Financial Literacy (AD 2016) K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
- Oklahoma Social Studies (AD 2019) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Iowa Social Studies (AD 2017) K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Iowa Financial Literacy (AD 2018) Grades K-2,3-5,6-8
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