All educators need to meet educational standards, no matter what subjects they teach. One subset of educators that need to also worry about industry standards are CTE teachers. When looking for new CTE curriculum, they often struggle to find content that meets state, national, and industry standards while also keeping students engaged and interested.
As a curriculum provider for CTE health science courses, we hear questions like these from hundreds of health science teachers:
“Is your curriculum aligned to standards from the National Consortium for Health Science Education?”
“Does HealthCenter21 meet health science education standards in my state?”
The short answer is: Yes, our CTE curriculum does align to some health science standards. In this article, I will discuss how (and why) we develop standards-based curriculum and give examples of specific standards HealthCenter21 is aligned to.
Why Is It Important to Meet Standards in Your Health Science Courses?
Before I dive into talking about HealthCenter21 and how it can help you meet standards, I believe it is important to talk about the “why.” Standards can be a cause of headaches for many educators out there, but they do exist for a reason.
If you think standards aren’t relevant, think about the national health science standards (NHSS) developed by the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE).
NCHSE views the national health science standards (NHSS) as the key to reaching the goal of providing high quality health science education to students across the country. Meeting national standards ensures that your students are on a level playing field with all of the other potential employees in the healthcare field. That’s a pretty good reason to find CTE curriculum that meets standards!
How Our CTE Curriculum is Developed Based on Standards
Because meeting standards is so critical for health science educators and students, our first step in developing curriculum is to start with those standards. While we would like to create curriculum to perfectly fit all health science standards, HealthCenter21 is a nationally used health science curriculum. Because of this our Product Team has to focus on national standards and common requirements found in many standards.
When developing new curriculum and updating our existing content, the Product Team uses the “Understanding by Design” method of backwards design. The design process is pretty straightforward: Start with what the students need to know and work backwards from those desired outcomes to develop interactive lessons, assessments, and activities that will lead your students to meeting the standards. Along with using health science standards, we include content on skills your students need for success in the healthcare workplace that may not be specifically listed in your standards.
You can learn more about the details of our curriculum development process by reading this article: The HealthCenter21 Health Science Curriculum Development Process
What Health Science Standards is HealthCenter21 Aligned To?
So, back to the question many teachers ask us: “Is your curriculum aligned to standards?” Yes, HealthCenter21 does meet some health science education standards. HealthCenter21 is best used in a Principles of Health Science or Healthcare Foundations course, so I will share some of our alignments for those types of foundational courses, as well as the NCHSE National Health Science Standards.
NCHSE's National Health Science Standards
Because the NHSS are national standards, we know that educators across the country are in need of a curriculum to meet those standards. We used these standards from NCHSE to build the foundation of HealthCenter21.
To read the correlation between HealthCenter21 and the NHSS, click here: How HealthCenter21 Aligns to the NCHSE National Health Science Standards
Sample Alignments to State Standards
Along with the national standards, our Product Team reviews many health science standards in specific states. The states we tend to align with have a large focus on the foundations of healthcare and are similar to the national standards. View some of our correlations to state health science education standards below:
- Florida 8417110 - Health Science Foundations
- Texas 130.222 2017 - Principles of Health Science
- Georgia 25.52100-2013 - Introduction to Healthcare Science
How Digital CTE Curriculum Saves You Time With Changing Standards
Creating lessons plans and activities to meet standards takes a lot of time for any teacher… and then when standards change you have to spend time revamping those lessons and resources! We all know that the healthcare industry is an ever-changing one. New discoveries are made and technology changes, and so do the standards!
For example, in 2015 the AHA made changes to the CPR guidelines. Our Product Team reviewed those changes and updated the CPR lessons within HealthCenter21 to make sure our teachers and students had the most current information. This kind of change is very important for your students preparing to enter the healthcare field… You don’t want them to start a career with outdated techniques!
As a digital curriculum provider, we do our best to ensure your health science curriculum is up to date, even as standards and the healthcare industry change. Our team has the time and resources available to focus on the background work, so you can focus on helping your students prepare for successful careers in the healthcare industry.