November 2020 Newsletter
This Month’s Top Standards News and Trends
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Going to the ISTE conference this week? EdGate will be there! This conference is always great for networking and finding out what’s new in the EdTech market. Although we know that this year the conference will certainly look and feel a lot different (our high heels and wingtips will continue collecting dust in the closet), we can’t wait to hear about the latest innovative and exciting products that will be coming and all the new acronyms we need to learn. It feels funny to say, but if you will be “there”, please let us know! We’d love to meet with you virtually to talk about your standards and alignment needs for 2021!
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.”
Does your company have curriculum for students to achieve success in ethnic studies? If so, EdGate specializes in aligning content to educational standards for all subjects including student-based inquiry in instruction; civic engagement and civic responsibility; along with aligning content to Literacy Standards in Social Studies and Science as is required by the California DOE. Please contact our Account Executives for more information.
Read more on California's proposed changes to ethnic studies at EdSource's website.
By: Kathleen Ideguchi
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.
These Executive Function (EF) skills, as stated by the Center on the Developing Child, at Harvard University, are “the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully.” Teachers did all the planning around ‘learning’, and now students are just expected to navigate planning on their own! No wonder so many are struggling.
Executive Function skills are interconnected with social emotional learning (SEL), which is the process through which individuals understand and manage emotions, show empathy, set goals, maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. The relationship between SEL and EF can be seen as one in which Executive Function facilitates the taking in of information and the weighing of options to make the best decision, and SEL adds contextual awareness on top of the decision-making process.
Educators know that Executive Function skills and SEL awareness are paramount to students’ academic success. Perhaps most critical during Middle School, when students suddenly are forced to manage multiple teachers for their first time. Curriculums are being developed to better serve students in this basic, and ever-so important arena. These are life-time skills for any age, and the sooner in life an individual is aware of them, the sooner they can apply them to their own lives.
Like the flashlight sitting on a table in a dark room, it is useless until you are aware it is there…
By: Larry Johnson
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.
Just like EdGate can take K-12 learning standards and align K-12 content to those standards, EdGate can take Certification outcomes and align content/assessment items to those outcomes. As an example, EdGate has aligned Microsoft Office content to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification outcomes and to IC3 certification outcomes. And we are currently working for a trade organization aligning Restaurant-related content to state-specific performance indicators.
In many states you can find a wide range of CTE options that may result in certification. As an example, Maryland uses industry certification standards as benchmarks rather than the typical CTE standards found in many other states. For each CTE program of study the state lists the Industry Certifications that the student may earn. For example, the Maryland Hospitality & Tourism Management Program includes standards that act as certification requirements in order to earn an AHLA Certified Hospitality & Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP) certification.
Think of EdGate as your alignment expert to any set of learning outcomes whether that is a typical K-12 learning outcome or an advanced certification.
By: Gina Faulk
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:
- New Jersey Get Grant Program receives $800,000 to Increase Computer Science Knowledge for K-12
- Tennessee provides school districts with $700,000 in grants to fund STEM and CTE programs
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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