For nearly 10 years, Bri has focused on creating content to address the questions and concerns educators have about teaching classes, preparing students for certifications, and making the most of the AES curriculum system.
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, it's important to ask why.
Standards can be a cause of headaches for many educators out there, but they do exist for a reason.
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.
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.