Four Important Ideas for Educators to Consider This School Year

Published September 14, 2018


The thinking around these ideas is shaping the future of education.

Educator sitting on desk in an empty classroom This month, millions of teachers, students, and faculty are returning to schools and universities in the U.S. and around the world. As another school year begins, here are four key topics that are influencing tools, policies, and practices across preK-12 and higher education.

Affordability

With the total cost of college continuing to rise, issues around affordability are increasingly important in every facet of higher education. A recent study found student spending on college course materials has declined significantly in the last decade, but creating real value in education is about more than just lowering the cost of course materials. Learning technology can significantly improve outcomes while giving students greater flexibility and control in how they purchase, access, and use educational content. Affordability issues and initiatives now commonly involve collaboration between multiple content providers, distributors, learning institutions, and more.

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Efficacy

Helping students improve educational outcomes is crucially important for a variety of reasons, and educators are implementing new learning tools and solutions and taking expanded approaches to better support students and enhance the learning experience. In doing so, it's critically important for education leaders to understand the research, context and implications of the educational programs they select for their students and classrooms.

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Equity

True equity in education means ensuring students of all backgrounds, skill levels, and abilities have access to the right resources they need to learn. For many preK-12 schools and college institutions, achieving educational equity requires rethinking instructional practices, staffing, funding allocations, and more. As part of these efforts, educators are focused on creative problem-solving and working in cross-functional roles and teams to develop effective, multi-faceted strategies that will help remove barriers to educational equity and improve learning outcomes for all students.

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Social Emotional Learning

A steadily growing body of research points to the importance of nurturing students' social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and development, beginning at early elementary levels and also in later grades. As a result, more and more teachers have become focused on educating the "whole child" and are teaching SEL skills alongside standard academic curricula in their classrooms to provide their students with a more dynamic and comprehensive learning experience.

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