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Texas education board set to revise sex education curriculum

AUSTIN, Texas — In the first changes to the sex education curriculum in Texas in more than 20 years, the State Board of Education on Friday approved teaching middle schoolers about birth control but decided against providing students with information on consent, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The revisions consist of teaching seventh and eighth graders about the effectiveness of birth control in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Currently, only high schoolers get such lessons, though health courses aren’t required for graduation.

The new standards, which guide textbook content as well as instruction in public schools across the state, will go into effect in 2022. The board last updated the state’s sex education curriculum in 1997.

The board also approved teaching fifth graders about fertilization and sixth graders about sexual intercourse.

School districts in Texas aren’t required to offer sex education, but if they do, they’re required by state

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State Board of Education OKs new sex ed curriculum excluding LGBTQ youth, consent

The state Board of Education is inching closer to approving new sex education standards for the first time since the late ‘90s, giving initial approval on Wednesday to a curriculum that expands contraceptive education in middle school but declined to acknowledge LGBTQ individuals or define consensual sexual activity.

The 15-member, GOP-controlled board will vote on the curriculum for a final time on Friday.

The board’s November meeting is the culmination of a months-long process to update the state’s health curriculum, which included soliciting formal recommendations from groups of professionals and hearing more than 24 hours of public testimony on the subject. The updated standards — last revisited by the board in 1997 — will go into effect in 2022.

Wednesday’s discussion largely reiterated talking points that board members took up during their September meeting, when they first gave preliminary approval to the updated curriculum. The most heated debate concerned sexual

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WGU Receives $4.8M Grant to Develop and Lead Character Education Curriculum

Character Education for a Better Society project will fund program to help educators teach character in schools nationwide

Western Governors University (WGU) today announced that the university will prepare and support teachers and education leaders to build schools and classrooms of character nationwide with help from The Kern Family Foundation. The university received a $4.8 million grant to integrate character education into two graduate degree programs within WGU’s Teachers College and create the Character Education Profession Learning Program (CEPL), to be housed in the Center for Professional Learning at the Teachers College.

“We are excited to announce our partnership with The Kern Family Foundation and are eager to join the initiative to prepare and support teachers and leaders in building and strengthening classrooms and schools of character across the nation. Character education is essential and vital content that should be present in each and every classroom across the nation,” said

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3P Learning, a global leader in online education, partners with NWEA to connect curriculum and assessment to improve student outcomes in mathematics

SYDNEY, Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leading providers of online education and learning solutions 3P Learning (ASX: 3PL) and NWEA ® today announced a partnership to connect curriculum and assessment with the goal of improving student outcomes in mathematics helping to meet the needs of the modern classroom. To find out more information about 3P Learning visit: www.3plearning.com.au

NWEA is a US-based (Portland, OR) not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that measure student growth and proficiency. The agreement will see NWEA’s most trusted and innovative mathematics assessment solution *MAP® Growth™ partner with 3P Learning’s mathematics
curriculum aligned online program Mathletics ( www.mathletics.com ).

The combination of MAP® Growth™ assessment with the long-standing, evidence-based RIT* score allows schools to easily assess and helps teachers identify learning needs, plan for growth and provide appropriate and effective instruction to ensure every K-12 student has a strong foundation

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Saint Joseph’s University to Launch Redesigned MBA Curriculum With Emphasis on Flexibility; New Model Is First-of-its-Kind in Philadelphia Region | News

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Saint Joseph’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business will launch a new, reimagined MBA curriculum in January 2021. The new curriculum, which reduces the number of required credits to 36, is a “stackable” three-certificate model, which allows students to choose two specializations in addition to a core MBA set of courses. It is designed to allow full-time working professionals to customize their educational experience with industry-relevant certificates. Saint Joseph’s MBA requires fewer credits and offers more flexibility than any other program in Philadelphia, with all certificate options available online and the option to stop and start the program at any time.

“We were looking to create a transformational new MBA model that would allow students to customize a program to enhance their careers and their capabilities, as well as provide value to their employers,” says Haub School of Business Dean Joseph

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Saint Joseph’s University to Launch Redesigned MBA Curriculum With Emphasis on Flexibility; New Model Is First-of-its-Kind in Philadelphia Region

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Saint Joseph’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business will launch a new, reimagined MBA curriculum in January 2021. The new curriculum, which reduces the number of required credits to 36, is a “stackable” three-certificate model, which allows students to choose two specializations in addition to a core MBA set of courses. It is designed to allow full-time working professionals to customize their educational experience with industry-relevant certificates. Saint Joseph’s MBA requires fewer credits and offers more flexibility than any other program in Philadelphia, with all certificate options available online and the option to stop and start the program at any time.

“We were looking to create a transformational new MBA model that would allow students to customize a program to enhance their careers and their capabilities, as well as provide value to their employers,” says Haub School of Business Dean Joseph

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Curriculum Associates Sponsors the Council of the Great City Schools’ 2020 Green-Garner Award Recognizing Outstanding Leadership in Urban Education

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its support of urban education, Curriculum Associates has partnered with the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) as a sponsor of the 31st annual Green-Garner Award. This year’s award recipient, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa of Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, was selected for this esteemed honor for his strong dedication to the needs of students, profound commitment to improvement, and significant community involvement and leadership.

“We are proud to partner with the CGCS as they recognize exemplary leadership in urban education through this coveted and long-standing award,” said Woody Paik, executive vice president of Curriculum Associates. “Superintendent Hinojosa is an exceptional district leader who is so well-deserving of this recognition. His ongoing work, as well as his commitment to urban education as a whole, has positively impacted students and educators across the district.” 

The

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Christian Homeschool Science Curriculum | Science Lab Kits

Sonlight Science covers the full spectrum of science studies, such as earth, space, life, health, physical, and technological science.

Your children will learn these subjects in greater depth as they circle back through each topic over the years.

Sonlight students interact with more scientific subjects and more material – more often – before middle school than many students cover once before high school.

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A medley of books and experiments

Each Sonlight Science program, from A–G, includes an Instructor’s Guide, a collection of great books, and hands-on experiments. Let’s look at each.

Science Instructor’s Guides

The Science Instructor’s Guides include the complete schedule for the year: what books to read when, what experiments to do and movies to watch. The Guides also include notes to enhance the reading.

Sonlight integrates a Christian perspective into our Instructor’s Guides, so you and your children can look

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Curriculum: National and State Standards

“All states and schools will have challenging and clear standards of achievement and accountability for all children, and effective strategies for reaching those standards.” — U.S. Dept. of Education



Search our interactive map to find standards specific to your state:


U.S. Map of State Standards


 


Common Core State Standards Initiative


“The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)….These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:


  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;

  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;

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