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Subject Matter Experts unpack each standard to craft standards-aligned learning objectives prior to collaborating with instructional designers, curriculum writers and editors to design courses, units, lessons, projects and assessments.

Courses in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and History/Social Sciences are aligned to the Rhode Island Grade Level, Rhode Island NGSS Arranged by Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) and Grade Span Expectations and the Rhode Island Common Core Standards.

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Introduction to Careers in Finance

Introduction to Careers in Finance

Introduction to Careers in Finance course provides the fundamentals of the financial services industry in the United States and explores the jobs and career opportunities that the industry offers.

  • Unit 1: Finance Overview and Financial Services: Unit 1 introduces the financial services industry and the financial systems that operate in the US and internationally.
  • Unit 2: Securities Analysis and Investments: Unit 2 examines securities markets and investment companies, looks at how companies evaluate and mitigate risk, and discusses the valuation of stocks and bonds.
  • Unit 3: Principles of Corporate Finance: Unit 3 discusses the roles and responsibilities of corporate finance and accounting, analysis of financial statements, capital budgeting, and capital structure.
  • Unit 4: Banking Services: Unit 4 focuses on banking services, including how the industry is organized and regulated and how risks are managed.
  • Unit 5: Risk Management and Insurance: Unit 5 looks at the insurance industry, including how it is organized and regulated, how it addresses risks, and the career opportunities it offers.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Finance
Course Length: Semester

Banking Services Careers

Banking Services Careers

The exchange of money in the United States is generally managed with the services of banks and other financial institutions, whose reputations depend greatly on customer satisfaction and trust. Many of the products we use daily, like checking and savings accounts, debit cards, credit cards, and loans, are the backbone of the banking industry. This course will provide an overview of how the banking system works, what the Federal Reserve is, and the technical and social skills needed to work in banking and related services. Students will explore career paths and the required training or higher education necessary andwill gain an understanding of the basic functions of customer transactions (i.e., setting up an account, processing a loan, or establishing a business), cash drawer activity, check collection processes, and other customer service–related transactions. This course will also discuss how technology has changed banking in the 21st century. The banking industry is responsible for many of the products that we use on a daily basis, from checking and savings accounts to debit cards, credit cards, and loans.

This course will focus on the specific skills related to banking and related services. In addition, you will explore career paths and the required training or higher education preparation necessary to obtain a career in banking and related services. Also, you will gain an understanding of the basic functions of customer transactions, cash drawer activity, check collection processes, and other customer service–related transactions. This course will also discuss how technology has changed the banking and related services industry. Finally, this course will provide an overview of the technical and people skills necessary to aid consumers with setting up an account, processing a loan, or establishing a business.

  • UNIT 1: Description of the Banking Industry: Unit 1 familiarizes students with an overview of the entire banking industry, starting with the history of money in the United States. The discussion begins with The Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States and is responsible for a variety of tasks and oversight for the banking industry. In addition, Unit 1 focusses on the different types of financial institutions and will compare and contrast the competition in the banking industry. State-  and federally chartered banks and savings banks and credit unions will be discussed.
  • UNIT 2: Bank Performance: Unit 2 introduces students to bank performance and the financial information that is disseminated to the stakeholders of the organization. In addition, the laws and regulations that oversee the required release of financial information are also discussed. Bank performance can relate to the profitability of the bank and also the customer reviews of the banks. Students will learn the areas that banks are rated and how they are compared to their competitors. Of course, both performance ratings will impact the bottom line, as customer service is directly linked to banks’ profitability.
  • UNIT 3: Bank Products: Unit 3 introduces different products that are offered by banks. These products include deposit account products and also different lending options. Because banks offer almost the same products, it is important to understand what the products are and how each can be used to enhance one’s personal finances. In addition, this unit will discuss e-banking and how the Internet and technology have transformed the banking industry.
  • UNIT 4: Building Customer Relationships: Unit 4 demonstrates how banks develop customer relationships. Gaining new customers and retaining their current customers are both essential to the success of banks. Through personal financial planning, bankers are able to help customers reach their financial goals and gain loyal customers along the way. In addition, by being involved in the communities they serve, banks create an image of caring about the people and community that they serve. Both are important areas for building relationships and gaining long-term customers.
  • UNIT 5: Banking and Consumers: Unit 5 introduces the different roles of bank employees and explains the basic products and services that banks offer. Employees provide an important link to the customers they serve and must have a working knowledge of bank procedures, an understanding of products and services, and the skills to provide this information to the consumers. Understanding the products and services that are offered is essential for all employees. The employees have an important role in educating the customers about what services and products are available and which ones would benefit them the most in their financial goals and daily lives.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Finance
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Careers in Government and Public Administration

Introduction to Careers in Government and Public Administration

This course will provide students with an overview of American politics and public administration, including how political institutions and public management systems at the local, state, and federal levels exercise supervisory authority and maintain accountability. Students will learn about the foundations of the U.S. government, the separation of powers, the federal civil service system, and the relationship between the government and state and local officials. They will also learn about governmental powers of the states and of local governments, such as education, law enforcement, and transportation. Students will learn about politics in the United States and the electoral process, political attitudes and opinions, and American political parties. They will also learn about the structure of U.S. federal governmental institutions, the nature of bureaucracy, and the functions of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Students will also learn about policy making in American government, including discussions of foreign and defense policies. After completing this course, students will have a fundamental understanding of U.S. government and public administration. They will be able to explain the history and structure of the government, how the government functions and relates to state and local governments, and how the government creates and enforces public policies.

  • Administrative and Political Systems in the United States: This unit focuses on the foundations of the U.S. government, the evolution of democratic political institutions, and the power of the government. After completing this unit, students will be able to explain the role of the Constitution in the formation of the U.S. government and describe the guiding principles of U.S. government including the separation of powers, federalism, and checks and balances. They will also be able to outline the basic structure and qualities of the modern U.S. civil service and identify the disadvantages of the system.
  • Overlapping Powers of Government: This unit focuses on the importance of the organization of power in the U.S. government and how certain functions are divided among agencies and state and federal levels. After completing this unit, students will be able to discuss the importance of states and local governments (cities, counties, and special districts) within our Constitutional system of federalism and division of powers. They will also be able to recognize the distribution of power among the branches and levels of government and contrast U.S. federalism with other forms of government. They will also be able to explain the difference between state-centered and national-centered federalism.
  • The Politics, Elections, and Democratic Participation: This unit focuses on the process of political change and democratic participation. After completing this unit, students will be able to describe the formation of public opinion, socialization, and electoral processes in political campaigns and elections, as well as explain how individuals can influence selection of public officials. They will be able to describe how elections are conducted by states and explain the role of lobbyists and mass media professionals in politics.
  • Governmental Institutions: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial: This unit focuses on the structure of U.S. governmental institutions. After completing this unit, students will be able to explain the Constitutional stipulations for being president and recognize the different roles of the president. They will also be able to discuss the evolving role for the vice president as an advisor and successor to the president and explain the functions of agencies of the executive branch of the federal government.
  • Public Policy and Program Implementation: This unit focuses on the foundations and process of government policy making. After completing this unit, students will be able to describe the policymaking process including defining the problem, policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. They will also be able to evaluate how policies such as immigration and health policies impact Americans and to examine the problems domestic policies are designed to address and to define regulatory policy.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Government & Public Administration
Course Length: Semester

Teaching and Training Careers

Teaching and Training Careers

This course introduces students to the art and science of teaching. It provides a thorough exploration of pedagogy, curriculum, standards and practices, and the psychological factors shown by research to affect learners. In five units of study, lessons, and projects, students engage with the material through in-depth exploration and hands-on learning, to prepare them for teaching and training careers. Students are given many opportunities to be the teacher or trainer, and to explore the tasks, requirements, teaching strategies, and research-based methods that are effective and high-quality.

  • Unit 1: Foundations of Pedagogy: Unit 1 provides foundational information on the evolution of education, educational formats, learning theories and theorists, and the interconnectedness of knowledge areas in teaching and training careers.
  • Unit 2: Planning and Preparing a Lesson: In unit 2, students become teachers, creating courses and lesson plans to standards, in their exploration of instructional design and planning. They investigate resources and types of materials teachers select, use, and create.
  • Unit 3: Delivering and Assessing: Unit 3 focuses on classroom strategies, as students role-play in simulations to devise methods of handling classroom issues and engage individual learners. They assess student and teacher performance through assessments themselves, examining the effectiveness of various methods.
  • Unit 4: Managing the Learning Environment: Unit 4 focuses on the importance of a positive environment, as evidenced through research, and students identify elements that achieve this outcome. Students contrast inclusion-based education with previous instructional models from educational history.
  • Unit 5: Data and Use in School Relations: Unit 5 completes the 30 lesson segments with student investigation of data collection; rankings; student records; and how data is collected, compiled, used, and stored. Students research outreach methods and accountability regulations and practices, to see how data use affects community standing and relationships, policy reform, and school reputation.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Education & Training
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Careers in Education and Training

Introduction to Careers in Education and Training

Introduction to Careers in Education and Training will introduce students to the field of education and training, and the opportunities available for early-childhood care, primary school, secondary school, higher education, vocational training, and adult and continuing education. The students will gain an understanding of the career options available in teaching, administrative work, and support services. They will also explore the education and background experience needed to succeed in these careers.

Students will learn about the evolution of the modern educational system in the United States, and the policies and laws that govern educational institutions. They will also discover the similarities and differences between the ethical and legal obligations of working with adults versus working with children.

Students will learn about the skills needed to be effective communicators. They will also learn how to differentiate between different types of learning theories, and they will explore how to implement current principles from educational psychology into the classroom.

Students will also learn how to create a safe and healthy learning environment. They will discover the federal laws and agencies that set health-and-safety standards, and they will learn how these regulations are enforced in the workplace.The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the field of education and training, and to explain the career opportunities that are available in this field.

  • Unit 1: Education and Training: Historical Perspectives, Introduction, and Critical Skills: In this unit students learn about the historical evolution of the American educational system and the social, political, and economic role that education currently plays in modern society. They also learn about the critical importance of strong communication skills to a successful career in education and training.
  • Unit 2: Learning Styles and Collaborative Learning: In this unit students learn about the different theories that describe how people learn and the fundamentals of educational psychology. Students also investigate the ways in which group interactions can be used to enhance the learning process.
  • Unit 3: Educational Policy and Human-Resource Development: Unit 3 examines the careers available in the field of educational research, policy development, and human resources. Students also discover some of the skills critical to these careers including conflict resolution, leadership, and management skills.
  • Unit 4: Ethical and Legal Policies of Careers in Education and Training: Unit 4 examines the ethical and legal rights that govern behavior as it relates to training and education. Students also learn about the federal laws that are applicable to K–12 schools and higher educational institutions. They also explore career opportunities in the fields of social work and career counseling and those available in higher education.
  • Unit 5: Health and Safety in Education and Training: In Unit 5, students examine the health and safety practices that are applicable to the educational setting. They also discover the career opportunities that are available in the field of health and safety.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Education & Training
Course Length: Semester

Psychology

Psychology

Psychology is an introductory elective course for high school students. Throughout the course students will examine influences on human actions and beliefs, factors influencing behavior and perception, and basic psychological theories. Students will develop and apply their understanding of psychology through lessons and projects that require interaction and observation of others.

  • Unit 1: Students will be introduced to the beginnings of psychology, research methods, and ethics of the profession.
  • Unit 2: Students will examine the biology of behavior, sensory processes, motivation, and stress.
  • Unit 3: Students will learn about the stages of human development and personality.
  • Unit 4: Students will discover the different methods of learning, aspects of memory, language, and levels of consciousness.
  • Unit 5: Students will explore mental disorders and abnormal behaviors and how to treat them. They will also why people obey and influence other’s behavior.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Semester

Art History

Art History

Students will develop knowledge of the history and theory of art and the relationship between artist, artwork, and society, including researching and critiquing periods, styles, and works of art from early civilizations through modern and contemporary art. Additionally, students will complete extended, focused projects that will challenge their research, writing, and analysis skills.

  • Semester 1: Students will conduct an in-depth examination of art history, beginning with prehistoric art and ending with the Romantic era of the early nineteenth century; students will understand the impact that historical and cultural context has on art, and will closely examine specific visual examples of key concepts.
  • Semester 2: Students will continue an advanced exploration of art history, beginning with early photography and ending with contemporary art, including art from cultures and countries around the world; students will complete research and writing projects to demonstrate their learning of key ideas.

Please note that throughout the course, students may be asked to answer questions or to reflect on what they’ve read in theirnotes. The notes are not graded. Rather, they are a way for students to extend their thinking about the lesson content. Students may keep handwritten or typed notes.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Fine Arts
Course Length: Year

Spanish III

Spanish III

Spanish III is a high school foreign language course that builds upon skills and concepts taught in Spanish II, emphasizing communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. Students will be able to speak and write accurately in Spanish, as well as become acquainted with the cultural differences of Hispanic countries while helping them gain a keen awareness of their own culture.

Course materials are designed to support students as they work to gain a basic proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Spanish, and in cultural competency.

During this course

  • Unit 1: Students will identify all of the Spanish speaking countries and their history, explore Hispanic food, music, and festivals. They will also practice conjugating verbs and using different forms of tenses.
  • Unit 2: Students will explore different characteristics of Spanish speaking cultures, adjectives and pronouns, and reflexive verbs and pronouns that are associated with multiple aspects of Spanish life.
  • Unit 3: Students will identify Spanish language sources of news and examine the role of sports, television, politics, upper class, celebrities, and climate. They will also conjugate verbs and practice preterit and imperfect tenses.
  • Unit 4: Students will examine different methods of communication and technology in Spanish speaking countries. They will also learn pronouns, different forms of tenses, and adjectives associated with communication and technology.
  • Unit 5: Students will learn about cities and characteristics of life in Spanish-speaking cities. They will continue to practice different parts of speech in Spanish.
  • Unit 7: Students will study travel and tourism in Spanish-speaking countries and use present subjunctives with multiple topics.
  • Unit 8: Students will learn different aspects of medicine including exercise, nutrition, and alternative medicine in Spanish-speaking countries. They will practice present subjunctives and conjunctions.
  • Unit 9: Students will explore the causes and effects of pollution, environmental issues, hunting, conservation, and oil production in Spanish-speaking countries. They will practice present-perfect subjunctives, adjective clauses, and vocabulary.
  • Unit 10: Students will learn about archaeology, history, and the beliefs of Spanish-speaking countries while using subjunctive verbs and preterit tense forms.
  • Unit 11: Students will concentrate on the history of government, elections and voting, the economy, and immigration in Spanish-speaking countries. They will also demonstrate different forms of subjunctives.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: World Languages
Course Length: Year

Spanish II

Spanish II

Spanish II is a high school foreign language course that builds upon skills and concepts taught in Spanish I, emphasizing communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. This course gives students practice using the mechanics of the Spanish language, acquaints them with the cultural differences of Hispanic countries, and helps them gain a keen awareness of their own culture.

Course materials are designed to support students as they work to gain a basic proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Spanish, and in cultural competency. In addition to the default course program, Spanish II includes extra alternate lessons, projects, and tests for use in enhancing instruction or addressing individual needs.

During this course

  • Unit 1: Students will identify all of the Spanish speaking countries, translate key words related to those countries, learn food and travel related vocabulary words, and study different parts of speech.
  • Unit 2: Students will concentrate on all aspects of Chile and memorize Spanish speaking countries and capitals. They will also examine verbs, adjectives, vocabulary, and punctuation dealing with school systems and classrooms.
  • Unit 3: Students will explore the geography, culture, and history of Venezuela. They will also focus on the following parts of speech: prepositions, intonation and accents, rules of superlatives, pronouns, and vocabulary words.
  • Unit 4: Students will study the geography, history, and culture of Peru as well as the causes and symptoms of culture shock. They will learn different verbs, pronouns, idioms, and vocabulary words.
  • Unit 5: Students will focus on all aspects of Colombia, careers, and jobs. They will practice conjugating verbs, studying the different meanings of sentences, and vocabulary words.
  • Unit 7: Students will examine multiple aspects of Guatemala. They will also learn about conjugating verbs along with travel and transportation vocabulary.
  • Unit 8: Students will concentrate on the history and culture of Bolivia and Ecuador. They will also practice place vocabulary, verbs, and conjugating verbs.
  • Unit 9: Students will explore the history, geography, and customs of Costa Rica. They will demonstrate understanding of preterit and imperfect tenses and vocabulary regarding news and media.
  • Unit 10: Students will examine the history and culture of Peru and Uruguay. They will also learn different forms of verbs, creating formal and informal commands, and using object pronouns.
  • Unit 11: Students will focus on characteristics of life and history in Nicaragua, traveling in Latin America, the vocabulary and commands relating to health and medical topics, verb tenses, and prepositions.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: World Languages
Course Length: Year

Spanish I

Spanish I

Ppanish I is an entry level high school foreign language course that explores the Spanish language through communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities. Spanish I introduces students to the mechanics of the Spanish language, acquaints them with the cultural differences of Hispanic countries, and helps them gain a keen awareness of their own culture.

Course materials are designed to support students as they work to gain a basic proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Spanish, and in cultural competency. In addition to the default course program, Spanish I includes extra alternate lessons, projects, and tests for use in enhancing instruction or addressing individual needs.

During this course

  • Unit 1: Students will practice language patterns when they use words and phrases in Spanish. They will also review vocabulary words and parts of grammar.
  • Unit 2: Students will study parts of grammar, and practice pronunciation. They will also learn how to tell time, say numbers, and say dates in Spanish.
  • Unit 3: Students will learn more grammar including how to conjugate verbs, history and cultural traditions of Mexico, and vocabulary words associated with the beach.
  • Unit 4: Students will discover Argentina through its geography, culture, and activities. They will also learn verbs and adjectives associated with Argentina, and how to form questions.
  • Unit 5: Students will explore the geography and culture of Honduras while continuing to learn parts of speech and basic weather terms in Spanish.
  • Unit 7: Students will learn about all aspects of Puerto Rico while also learning how to respond to questions, different parts of speech, and vocabulary words.
  • Unit 8: Students will examine the history and culture of Spain while learning different parts of speech that relates to aspects of this country.
  • Unit 9: Students will study the history and culture of Cuba. They will also learn how say and use different parts of the body and clothes.
  • Unit 10: Students will explore aspects of the Dominican Republic while continuing to learn parts of speech. They will also study vocabulary associated with shopping.
  • Unit 11: Students will examine the history, culture, and activities of Panama. They will also learn phrases and vocabulary associated with transportation while still focusing on parts of speech.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: World Languages
Course Length: Year