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New Florida ELA and Math Standards

Always a hot topic for us – new English Language Arts and Mathematics standards have been released for the State of Florida! The state's Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking standards (B.E.S.T.) were just adopted earlier in the month, February 12th. The state anticipates a three-year implementation timeline-so it is expected both ELA and math will be fully implemented by the 2022-2023 school year.

Most In-Demand Skills for 2020

While students work to graduate and enter the workforce it is often times hard to keep up with some of the most in-demand skills. As the job market evolves, students need to be able to learn skills that are not only hard-skills, a skill needed to complete a specific task, but also soft skills which revolve around behavior and cognitive abilities. In terms of educational standards these can be found in math, science and ELA standards as well as Social and Emotional skills which have recently been adapted in the classroom.

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 grants and awards:

Standards Update - February 2020

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

 

Podcasting as a New Teaching Tool in Education

Podcasting is all the rage right now -- and, with podcast subjects ranging from history to Latin to linguistics, many in the education field have discovered that this unique forum makes for a handy and effective teaching tool.

Emotional Intelligence is Fundamental in Arts Education

Music and arts education in general is a means to not only entertain, but also to convey the plight of struggles with self, others and society. The arts unite people and provide channels for expressing ideas and sentiment. Moreover, the disciplines within arts education involve regular practice to improve skills which helps students with self-control and perseverance. Some sources also point out that arts education helps facilitate diversity as well.

What’s up with Common Core?

Most U.S. states signed on to the Common Core State Standards Initiative when it was rolled out in 2010. Over time, more than 20 states eventually repealed, revised, or rolled back parts of the program. Nine states as well as Puerto Rico are now non-adopters. At this point, it’s hard to tell which states are Common Core states, which states repealed Common Core, or which states might have “rebranded” their standards (but they still look a lot like Common Core).

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 four grants and awards:

Standards Update - January 2020

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

States Receive Perkins V Funding

Perkins V funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been awarded to each state.