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New Common Core Content for K-8 Language Arts is Being Adopted by California

California is set to adopt new K-8 language arts content that is geared toward the Common Core standards that California fully implemented in 2014. California's adoptions typically set the tone of adoption of materials in other states. However this year's adoption is expected to be less impactful, as there is a bounty of digital content available to educators and California and other states now leave the decision for content adoptions to the school districts themselves.

A New Vision: Connected Technology

Developers are taking on the task of merging the age old philosophy of Maria Montessori with technology. Montessori Method stresses that students learn best through use of their senses and practical play by passing between concrete and abstract ideas in a comprehensive learning environment. In today's classrooms, technology has become a point of instruction that researchers believe is causing learning gaps due to the isolated use of auditory and visual senses.

The Reach Higher Initiative: CTE in the Spotlight

Career and Technology Education (CTE) continues to play center stage, now more than ever, as Michelle Obama is spearheading the Reach Higher Initiative.  This Initiative is focused on pushing students to pursue educational programs past high school, including training programs, community college, or four-year programs. Mrs.

New Website

Take a look at our new refreshed Curriculum Matrix site and enjoy a free 10-day trial of the Curriculum Matrix® where you can access more than 500,000 grade-specific open educational resources that cover all K-12 subjects.

 

September 2015 - Top Stories

Facebook Moves Into K-12 Arena Through Partnership With Charter Network

Facebook is bringing engineering to the K-12 arena by teaming up with a charter school network to refine a technology-based system for customizing lessons to individual student needs.

Need More Than Common Core

If you, like many publishers are coming to the realization that schools and districts are no longer satisfied with content aligned to Common Core standards only and are putting pressure on you to align your content to state-specific standards, we can help!

Our experts will use sophisticated technology developed by EdGate to create a crosswalk between your existing correlations and all of the other U.S. State standards.

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Keeping Physical Education Affordable

The Cooper Institute launched FitnessGram in 1982; it remains the standard fitness assessment tool of the President's Challenge. However, School officials cite budget cuts as affecting their ability to provide PE opportunities, according to a February 2012 report by the US Government Accountability Office.

With the basic idea that "all children deserve access to physical education opportunities, US Games has partnered with the Cooper Institute and is committed to providing the OPEN curriculum free of charge to all school districts throughout the country."

The Next Generation Science Standards in the US

The goal of those who collaborated on the NGSS movement was to have these standards embraced by at least a majority of the states. To date, only 15 states have officially adopted the NGSS, according to Liana Heitin of EdWeek.org.