November 2019 Newsletter
This Month’s Top Standards News and Trends
We know Standards
Cyber, Blockchain, A.I.! Yes, we’ve upped our game to handle curriculum covering these emerging industries. In fact new K-12 subjects are coming at us faster than they ever have before. In the past year the team at EdGate has reviewed and aligned lessons focused on Drones, Virtual Reality, and even Flying Cars. All very exciting stuff, but we had to stop and be thoughtful about the following: what subject and standards should these lessons really be aligned to? How quickly can quality curriculum be created to properly educate our students for these new roles? Check out the complete article “Cyber, Blockchain, A.I.: Jobs of the future hitting Classrooms Today” by Gina Faulk, guest contributor for MDR Education’s blog.
The Team at EdGate
Perkins V funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been awarded to each state. All funding must be utilized by September 30, 2021. Permissible uses of the funding include new career and technical education courses and entrepreneurship education and training. EdGate offers CTE standards licensing and alignment services and has the most comprehensive offerings of CTE standards available. If you need assistance in aligning your company’s content to CTE standards, please contact our Account Executives for more information.
By: Kathleen Ideguchi
Listening to stories has been part of classrooms for decades. Only now instead of listening to a book read in front of the class or as a group, teachers are using their favorite podcasting apps for audio stories. Studies have found that students will listen to podcasts longer than they read, while also retaining more information.
According to EdSurge, podcasts are big business for companies like Listenwise, Teachers Pay Teachers, NPR, and podDB. Students across the country are not only listening to podcasts, but they are also being assigned the task of creating their podcasts, becoming subject matter experts and storytellers in their own right. Listening skill-building company, Listenwise, recently partnered with Soundtrap to host student-developed podcasts highlighted weekly. Creating podcasts is so on trend that the 2018 NPR Student Podcast Challenge received over six thousand classes submitted entries. Then there are companies like podDB, a company that catalogs and indexes podcast information so that listeners can quickly and accurately find podcasts related to the subjects and topics they need.
Podcasts help students create movies in their minds, therefore remembering where they were when they heard it. Students creating podcasts and telling their own stories are using 21st-century skills and competencies such as communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. Common Core State Standards like key speaking and listening skills are also addressed through the use of podcasts.
At EdGate, we are poised and ready to tackle any lesson format: the traditional textbook, online lessons, apps, and now podcasts!
By: Laura Jacoby
If you have ever wondered about the variation between educational standards from state-to-state, country-to-country EdGate has a solution for you! Rather than going through the time consuming and tedious task of comparing them yourself, you can count on EdGate to make the process quick and easy. We have done the legwork so you don’t have to!
For years, Edgate has offered the service of “crosswalking standards.” With our Standards Comparison report and repository of five million educational standards—including state, national, and international—you can easily compare one set of standards to another. This is a helpful tool to determine how to develop new curriculum that will align to a wide variety of standards.
The process is simple—once you have designated the primary set of standards and any secondary set of standards you would like to compare, you simply choose the subject and grade level you would like to analyze and click search. EdGate’s system will display results that show accurate comparisons based on concepts contained in the standards. This method is superior to other “mapping” processes that may return results based only on text matches.
You can “crosswalk” as many sets of standards as you need. Our repository of standards is consistently updated to reflect newly implemented standards as well as any that have been revised or edited since implementation.
If you would like additional information about EdGate's Standards Comparison report or any of our other services, please contact us.
By: Alex Alo
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 three awards:
- Louisiana earns five federal grant awards, totaling $115 Million
- Ohio received $42M of the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant and another $1.2M for Early Identification of Students with Dyslexia
- Walton Family Foundation Open Applications for Innovative School Programs
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- Illinois World Languages (AD 2019) Grades K-12
- Indiana World Languages (AD 2019) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
- NCSSFL-ACTFL CAN-DO STATEMENTS World Languages (AD 2017) Grades K-12
- Nebraska World Languages World Languages (AD 2019/IMP 2020) Grades K-12
- Tennessee World Languages (AD 2017) Grades K-12, 6-8, 9-12
- Virginia Science Science (AD 2018) K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7-8,9-12
- Wisconsin Arts Education (AD 2017) Music- Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
- Wisconsin Arts Education (AD 2018) Theatre & Dance - Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
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