AVID Turns 35

In the late 1970s, the California Supreme Court ordered the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) to integrate its schools. Busing brought to Clairemont High School ethnically diverse and lower-income students who-unlike many of their more affluent peers-were not necessarily on the college track. Clairemont teacher Mary Swanson and her colleague developed a plan to meet the needs of their new students: Advancement Via Individual Determination.

Professional Development Standards

Professional Development has been experiencing a renewed focus in education, with schools and districts becoming more focused on 1) implementing new standards and 2) more accountability for the teaching of them. The NGSS has been the most recent surge, and NSTA is responding to this need in their National Convention held in Chicago in March, with Professional Development sessions targeted to help educators and administrators with the implementation of the NGSS.  

Aligned Web-Based Resources to Complement Your Educational Products and Services

If your company is looking to complement your educational products and services with aligned educational resources, EdGate offers packages of aligned web-based resources. EdGate has vetted and aligned thousands of free educational resources, many of which are open educational resources, to both national and international standards for all subjects in grades K-12 as can be seen in the charts below.

November 2014 - Staff Highlight

In this issue of the EdGate Observer, we would like to introduce a member of our Technical Development Team, Jeremy Ashcraft, Technical Manager.

November 2014 - Top Stories

Education Department releases NCLB waiver renewal guidelines

School districts can renew their No Child Left Behind waivers through the 2017-18 school year if they meet certain requirements, according to new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education. Forty-three states and Washington, D.C., have waivers, many of which expire at the end of the year.

Offering Custom Development Work

Although EdGate is known primarily for our standards licensing and standards correlation work, did you know that we also offer custom development services?

Customization ranges from custom correlations for courses created for specific states to custom reports to provide the correlation data in a specific format. We also offer development in the implementation of the Client User Interfaces and help with creating content targeting specific needs. Our team of experts also provides assessment items, lesson plans, online activities, and taxonomies.

Socrates - One of 50 Greats Seen as Influencing our 21st Century Classrooms

Socrates is one of 50 great teachers being looked at this year for their influence in many 21st century classrooms.Socrates is captured in many writings by Plato.He describes the Socratic Method as a one of hypothesis and elimination.Achievement gained only by turning a question into the answer and then asking questions until the answer is refined into the truth or discredited.According to teachers, this approach can be turned into an intellectual coaching tool for every student.

Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) standards have recently captured the attention of publishers around the country, and for good reason.