Education is a genre which will always keep on changing the form. New courses, policies, developments, strategies, etc will make sure that the system is updated. Here are some of the trends that can be anticipated in the coming months.
1.Career & Technical Education (CTE) will emerge more prominently. High quality apprenticeships in the fields of health, automotive, and mechatronics programs etc will bloom.
2.Opportunities for practicing teachers to participate in residency-based preparation programs will continue to grow. The creative partnership between districts, graduate programs of education, and non-profits that fund stipends for the candidates can result in teachers who stay in the system for longer periods, providing students with increased learning opportunities from experienced teachers.
3.Teachers and school leaders will see opportunities to become trained mentors and leaders in providing induction programs with mentoring and support.
4.Information on building the skills of paraprofessionals who work alongside teachers in classrooms will really develop. As paraprofessionals continue to work with some of the most marginalized populations in classrooms, building their skills and capacities for this work is crucial for ensuring quality educational experiences for all
5.Leveraging technology in education will be of paramount interest to teachers and educators. It is amazing how quickly young children engage and embrace learning with the opportunity to incorporate technology into their practice. Tools that foster oral, audio, and written skills are of interest to young learners and allow them to express themselves beyond the capacity of their writing abilities.
6.Interest in information on trauma-informed practices will continue to increase across education as teachers and other education professionals seek resources for responding to traumatic events that affect children of all ages. Studies show that 25% of children under the age of 16 have experienced trauma in their lives. Children bring their lives with them to school, and schools and teachers are learning to adapt classroom management strategies, instructional supports, and school climate to support children who have experienced trauma to help them build their resilience over time.
7.Educators will need to adopt more inclusive practices in education—practices designed to enable a child with a disability to be involved in, and make progress in, the general education curriculum
8.There will be a continued focus on student achievement and its connection to school/teacher evaluation systems.
9.Career pathways for teachers that build on exemplary classroom practice will be highlighted. Mentoring skills, teacher leadership roles etc will get new attention. Teaching will be moving far ahead from a “flat career” to a multi faceted one.
10.The existing teacher shortage will continue through 2018 and will increase, based in part on the predicted increase in the school-going population in the upcoming decade.