Magazine article District Administration

OUTLOOK 2019: DA's Annual Outlook Issue Forecasts the Innovations and Challenges Ahead

Magazine article District Administration

OUTLOOK 2019: DA's Annual Outlook Issue Forecasts the Innovations and Challenges Ahead

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Students and teachers in 2019 will gain more control--over everything from the topics they study to the technology they use to the types of tests they take. Also in the coming year, more educators appear likely to adopt the mindset that enthusiasm is a key to learning--particularly when learners are convinced that classroom content aligns with their college and career aspirations.

One area where students have less control is safety, which is why district leaders will continue to look for innovative security solutions that involve technology, training and community collaboration. At the same time, students may continue the political activism sparked by the Parkland, Florida, shooting in 2018.

In DA's annual Outlook issue, educators and experts share their forecasts for these and other key issues. On the following pages, you'll find new ideas and, as always, new challenges. Here's a breakdown.

Progress check

In our main feature, educators and experts predict where public schools will make the most progress--and where K12 education may fall short--in areas ranging from social-emotional learning to assessment to special education.

The growing influence of students' "voice and choice" emerged as a recurring theme, with a clear shift toward giving learners more say in how and what they are taught. However, most also expect the pressure of those pesky high-stakes tests to persist.

Did you say 'blockchain'?

In our annual tech forecast, we asked district leaders to discuss what edtech innovations will have the biggest impacts in 2019, and what concepts may still be a few years away from finding true educational purpose. …

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