ISTE 2015

A big thank you to those of you who attended ISTE and took time out of your busy schedule to meet with us! We appreciate the work that goes into these conferences and trust your time and efforts will soon pay off!

For us, it was great to connect with clients face-to-face as well as meet new prospects and get the buzz on what is happening in the industry.

Foundational Strategies as a Tool for Common Core at All Grade Levels

According to Professor Maria Mongillo, elementary and secondary school teachers will benefit from reviewing strategies established in Early Childhood Common Core Standards as a foundational teaching tool for learning at any grade level. Teachers can utilize simple techniques used for hands on learning to develop targeted learning centers with high quality materials. Exposing students to concrete examples that pull from their personal experience and develop critical thinking skills will fortify their drive to solve problems presented in real world applications.

Using Personalization in Blended Learning

We have heard about the rising tide of "Blended Learning" instruction for several years now and it has changed the way students learn and teachers teach.

"Grit" Perseveres

For education purposes, "Grit," is loosely defined as persistence over time to overcome challenges and accomplish big goals (Duckworth, 2013; Shechtman, DeBarger, Dornsife, Rosier, & Yarnall, 2013). The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will begin aggregating data on students' grit, and desire for learning as well as other non-cognitive factors in 2017.

June 2015 - Staff Highlight

In this issue of the EdGate Observer, we would like to introduce a member of our Language Arts/ESL Team, Tammy Reid.

June 2015 - Top Stories

How Washington Is Using OERs to Support Common Core

When the Washington State OER Project was launched in 2012 the legislature saw this as a chance to both save districts money and improve instructional material quality.

Teachers Don't Want More Data, They Want Better Data

Do you know what a UUID or GUID is?

UUIDs and GUIDs are technical terms generally used by people working in the technical or IT departments of organizations. The GUID designation is an industry standard defined by Microsoft to provide a reference number which is unique in any context. UUID is a term that stands for Universal Unique Identifier. Similarly, GUID stands for Globally Unique Identifier. So basically, two terms for the same thing. They can be used, just like a product number, as a unique reference for an academic standard or content title.

Nonacademic skills

Almost from the time standards were first brought into the educational world, educators have been trying to pinpoint the elusive skills that students need to become successful in working life, regardless of their chosen field. It has become a commonplace that success is not merely a matter of what students know, but how they apply it. But what are these skills, and where do they fit into the curriculum?