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What Is Missing From Our Curricula?

Ed Surge – Katrina Stevens and Matt Greenfield

“As Atul Gawande, a surgeon and New Yorker writer, walked by his hospital’s newest construction project, he wondered how something so large and complex could possibly be managed. He had once constructed a bookcase that instantly fell apart. If a structurally sound bookshelf already proved hard to build, how can one ever manage the construction of a modern high-rise building with its intricate and interlocking web of requirements for structural support, safety, disaster preparation and project management, to name only a few of the complexities?” (more)

STEAM spreads to subjects from Spanish to business

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

” Teaching both Spanish and STEAM at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, Penn., Rachelle Dene Poth launched the latter efforts to help students learn about emerging technology. Yet even her language students make use of her skill set, designing virtual reality experiences around vocabulary words, making use of the technology to enhance their own language learning during the last school year.” (more)

20 ideas for teaching coding in math, science, social studies, and ELA

E-School News – Tammy Panckey

“You might think coding is a novel trend that doesn’t have other applications beyond programming, but coding offers many connections to multiple subjects, with the added benefit of reinforcing essential 21st-century skills. In coding, students use computational thinking and critical thinking to solve problems. This involves mastering the skill of perseverance, as they must be willing to fail, troubleshoot, and try again in order to have the code execute what was intended. Through this process, students are recognizing errors and determining how to fix them.” (more)

Improving math starts with getting teachers excited about curriculum, Wynne says

CBC – Staff Writer

“During a roundtable discussion with students at the University of Waterloo Friday afternoon — known for its math, science, tech and engineering programs (STEM)— one student asked Wynne, who was joined by former Prime Minister Paul Martin at the event, about the gap between Canadian and international students. He said when it comes to math in particular, international students at the university seem to have better skills and do well in their first year while Canadian students struggle. “Is there any way that we can kind of get to their level when it comes to education … because it kind of seems like we’re lacking somewhere,” the student said.” (more)

Torres: Most Education Reform Debates Ignore Course Content. Here’s How 4 Districts Are Driving Student Gains Through Rigorous, Flexible Digital Curriculum

The 74 Million – Kerrie Torres

“K-12 schools are facing more pressure than ever to increase graduation rates while ensuring students are achieving to standards. Although dropout rates have decreased and graduation rates have increased over the past 10 years, more than 1.2 million U.S. students still drop out of high school every year. That’s 4,000 students every day, one student every 26 seconds, or 1 in 5 students not graduating with his or her peers. Of those who do graduate, just under 40 percent are performing at college- and career-ready levels, according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress results.” (more)