Chris has worked as a Curriculum Specialist in the Research Department at DataWORKS since 2009. Chris has taught undergraduate history courses and has spent time doing primary source research. Chris will be blogging about curriculum and assessments for CCSS and NGSS, new developments in the areas of history and science, and news and research from the world of education.

STEAM in the EDI Classroom

STEAM is the latest push to create students who are scientifically and technologically literate and able to solve real-world problems.  This is a fantastic goal that we here at DataWORKS wholeheartedly endorse.  Unfortunately, the jargon that underlies many STEAM lessons and programs suggests that projects, programs, and methods boil down to very little teaching.  …

STEM vs. STEAM

Acronym Alphabet Soup   Education is littered with a variety of acronyms.  “EOCs MSL,” and “Good PD fosters a solid PLC,” are actual sentences.  For anyone who isn’t shoulder deep in educational acronyms, these sentences translates to “End of Course tests Measure Student Learning” and “Good Professional Development fosters a solid Professional Learning Community.”  STEM…

Common Core Literacy Standards

  The Common Core State Standards include literacy standards that are to be used in history, science, and other technical subjects. These standards focus on developing literacy outside of the English classroom beginning in the 6th grade. There are three major components to these: Reading in History; Reading in Science and Technical Subjects; and Writing…