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What do you think will happen in 2017?

District Administration Magazine printed short snippets from US teachers and administrators as they predicted what they thought would happen in schools during the 2017 calendar year.

Kiski Area H.S. performs at Bands of America, 2015 (Voxitatis). Look into the crystal ball.

“Secondary schools may start later,” wrote Jim Westrum, executive director of finance and business for Wayzata Public Schools in Minnesota.

Some school districts, such as Illinois’s second most-populated, Township High School District 214, based in Arlington Heights, have already started to consider changes to high school start times along these lines.

Mr Westrum said these changes may be brought on by the need to “implement strategic safety programs to better support the physical, mental, and social-emotional well-being of students, staff, and families.” Staff at schools, he said, will also be trained “on issues such as recognizing abuse, bullying, and suicide prevention.”

Indeed, Erin’s Law, which requires schools to develop an age-appropriate body-safety curriculum, and suicide awareness laws have been enacted in both Maryland and Illinois, as well as several other states. Look for this trend to continue in 2017.

Kim Loomis, the innovative projects coordinator for Clark County School District in Nevada, predicted that schools will shift from age- or grade-based classrooms to “needs-based” ones: “Technology already allows students to remediate and accelerate while sitting next to each other. This will expand classrooms to ‘WIN’ arenas. ‘What I Need’ (WIN) learning environments are starting in small pockets and will gain traction.”

Finally, Carl Shuptrine, a media arts teacher at Jackson Hole High School in Wyoming, predicted that the greater need schools have to promote cost-effective learning strategies will lead to an increase in the use of virtual field trips, distance learning, and even global classroom collaboration.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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