What’s Happening in Schools in 2019-2020


Equity: Equity has been the buzzword on the lips of educators for some years now, but that does not make it any less significant. It’s hardly a trend, it’s a necessity, but it is one topic that will continue to get more and more coverage in the 2019-2020 school year as more school districts are tasked to focus on improving school climate and culture.

Better climate and culture = improvement in educational equity.

(SEEN, Fall 2018, Connect: Community, Culture, & Conversations)

Trauma Informed Education: Trauma-informed education is a topic SEEN has covered over the years, but there seems to be more emphasis on it this year. Educators are looking for more strategies to to make a difference in this arena – as traumatic experiences have proven to affect students learning abilities.  In SEEN’s Fall 2018 Issue, Dr. Billie Jo Crowley gave educators some questions they might want to ask themselves when fostering a positive student-teacher relationship in the classroom:

  1. What is driving the behavior?
  2. What does the child need?
  3. How can I change my perspective?
  4. In what ways are my expectations triggering him?
  5. What else is really going on?

All of these questions can help create a better trauma-sensitive learning environment for the student and the teacher.

 (“Building Relationships With Students Who Have Experienced Trauma,” Crowley, SEEN, Fall 2018)

Augmented Virtual Reality (AV)/Virtual Reality (VR)/Artificial Intelligence (AI): AV, VR, and AI – none of these are the same. However, they all are re-shaping our curriculum and classrooms this year. In our 2019 SEEN Spring edition, Dr. Matthew Lynch, editor for The Edvocate, helped explain how AI will shape classrooms and learning. Lynch said AI can perform automated grading (can anyone say Siri?), help focus more on personalized learning, identify weaknesses and gaps in teaching, and even make the teacher more of a facilitator in student learning.

(“A.I. Revolution,” Dr. Matthew Lynch, SEEN, Spring 2019)

Assistive Devices (Siri, Alexa, Google Home, etc.): Speaking of Siri. While Alexa and Siri may be an additional member of your household, we’ll also see them become part of the 2019-2020 classroom experience as well. eSchoolNews says,” assistive devices can update information published in outdated textbooks and give students a space to dive deeper into their own learning by asking questions and following up on their own curiosities.”

(“10 K12 education trends to look for this year”, Christine Feher, eSchoolNews, February 6th, 2019, https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/02/06/10-k12-education-trends-this-year/)

Gamification: Gaming has proven over the years to be more than a passing hobby. Here at SEEN, we talk a lot about gaming and the classroom correlation, but expect to hear even more about gamification being embraced more by school districts in the upcoming academic year. MDR Education says, “Gamification helps teachers introduce an element of fun into lessons, leading to more participatory, and ultimately, more memorable classroom experiences.” Read on in this issue

(“7 Education Trends to Watch in 2019”, MDR Education, Kristina James, https://mdreducation.com/2019/02/13/education-trends-2019/)


Smaller- Scaled Learning: We, as a people, have shorter attention spans these days. With everything being instantly provided to everyone for use these days, that’s exactly how our students want to learn – short, concise, and fast. This school year, see a shift in how educators are presenting lessons, feeding students with smaller lessons in less time versus the longer intense model of yesteryear. EDSYS suggests more effective learning with this approach, “Teachers are now able to incorporate bite-sized or nano-learning to reduce the intensity and increase the effectiveness of learning.” They go on to explain how the model will be incorporated, “The learning model is divided into small interactive sections. This supports the behavior of learners and ensures 100% attention during every learning session.”  This is a learning approach that is scaled to grow pretty fast this year.

(“Top 16 Educational Trends for 2019,” EDSYS, //www.edsys.in/educational-trends-for-2019/)

Student Activists: Students are becoming change agents in their schools and communities. While student activism is not new (college protests), it certainly is newer to the K12 community. From gun violence to climate change, there are now more K-12 students bringing awareness to issues that impact their daily learning and growing community.

Are you, as an educator, ready for the changes this new academic year holds?


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