July 2017 - In This Issue
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As always, EdGate is your source for staying current with new developments in education and the impact of educational standards.
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CMX is Now Available in the Windows 10 Educational App Store
The CMX app is a repository of tens of thousands of educational resources that are free and available via the internet. EdGate created the app to organize these resources in one repository where educators can quickly locate quality resources by grade and subject. Moreover, EdGate provides alignment of these resources to your state or international standards. Try out
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By: Kathleen Ideguchi
California Pre-K funding
In recent years, states have increased funding efforts and therefore have been able to improve
standards for their early education programs. According to
, states with successful early education programs have seen significant improvement in K-12 and beyond.
California has increased spending for pre-K by 17% for the 2015-2016 school year in connection with the newly introduced state-funded
program. This program recently changed the age requirements and now children as young as age 4 are allowed to enroll in a transitional kindergarten (TK) program. TK acts as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten and provides additional opportunities for children whose family are not able to afford a private pre-K program.
The Golden State's recent injection of cash into its state-funded pre-kindergarten program accounts for more than one-third of the overall spending increase that occurred for pre-K across the US in the 2015-2016 school year. Only a handful of states, including Iowa, Maine and Indiana, have significantly increased publicly funded education to children of a younger age.
EdGate will continue to follow state and international programs
and their related standards as they expand and change.
'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.
A private school in Tampa, Florida, has adopted a
philosophy of kindness
that is "infused" throughout all school activities, and promoted all year long. Carrollwood Day is one of 70 schools around the country who have partnered with Harvard's "Making Caring Common" project, which is to make compassion an expectation of their students. This approach is not a 'class' from 9 am to 10 am, but rather a full-on embracement of extending kindness to all ages, by all ages, all year around.
While there is no 'assessment' to measure how well a person extends kindness to another, a ripple-effect of kindness spreading through the schools is evident.
Internationally, The Regional Institute of Education in Mysuru
has also been addressing this non-academic, but ever-so-important behavioral attitude of
kindness and sensitivity
. Working with a curriculum from 2005, many issues are coming to light that in 2005 were not really at a conscious level.
Oregon State is addressing the issue by developing
into existing statewide social-studies standards, directed by the Oregon Department of Education.
The curriculum and resulting standards would recognize the "histories, contributions and perspectives of ethnic minorities and social minorities", and be drafted by June 15, 2018. These Ethnic studies standards would then be adopted by 2020, with their implementation in schools set for 2021.
This new law makes Oregon the only U.S. state to have ethnic studies for K-12. A few other states also have laws in the works, including Washington and California.
As our clients develop new content in response, EdGate will be available to align to these new standards.
Get Categorized and Organized, Get Taxonomies!
EdGate recently presented at a
n educational technology event which addressed the need for educators to have fast and easy access to resources right at their fingertips.
The focus was on developing subject-specific taxonomies that are used for the primary purpose of categorizing content, making the search for resources not only effective but more efficient. Using a taxonomical list of terms or concepts, teachers can quickly and easily find content specific to their grade and subject without the delay or hassle of sorting through resources unrelated to their need.
While EdGate offers a license to the
(our proprietary taxonomy), we also develop custom taxonomies according to the specific need of each partner. Taxonomies can be designed for different purposes and include various options such as single or multiple subjects, number of terms or concepts, alignment to state, national or international standards, and more.
If you are looking for a way to better organize your resources and would like to consult with one of our experts, please
and one of our Account Executives will be happy to schedule an appointment with you.
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- Australia - Australian Curriculum (ACARA) The Arts (2016 Grades K-10)
- Australia - Tasmania Australian Curriculum - English (2016 Grades K-10)
- Australia - Tasmania Australian Curriculum - Health and Physical Education (2016 Grades K-10)
- Australia - Tasmania Australian Curriculum - Humanities and Social Science (2016 Grades K-10)
- Australia - Tasmania Australian Curriculum - Mathematics (2016 Grades K-10)
- Australia - Tasmania Australian Curriculum - Science (2016 Grades K-10)
- Australia - Tasmania Australian Curriculum - Technologies(2016 Grades K-10)
- Australia - Tasmania Australian Curriculum - The Arts (2016 Grades K-10)
- Australia - Victoria Curriculum - English (2016 Grades K-10)
- Georgia Performance Standards Science (2016 Grades K-12)
- Georgia Performance Standards Social Studies (2016 Grades K-12)
- Louisiana Believes Science Standards (2017 Grades K-12)
- Michigan CTE - Agriculture and Natural Resources (2013 Grades 9-12)
- Michigan CTE - Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (2012 Grades 9-12)
- Singapore Ministry of Education Science Standards (2017 Grades 3-12)
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|| Apple Coding Language Will Soon Be Taught at Community College
While Apple already offers training on its coding language online, students will soon be able to learn how to code and design apps using curriculum developed by Apple Engineers. These courses will be available in a handful of community colleges across the country.
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