By Laura Shanteler
2013 was a big year for educational reform. Some states pushed forward with Common Core while others began to back out. The debate over charter schools continues as more and more charters pop up across the country. Technology continues to be integrated into classrooms everywhere to keep up with the changing tides and to push student thinking further than before. And that’s just scratching the surface. With all of this going, it’s hard to keep up with it all! I follow around 20 people/organizations on twitter that are strictly education and educational reform based and if I don’t check it at least once daily, I’m swamped with hundreds of tweets about the changing educational landscape. It’s a collection of new ideas, news reports, debates over the Common Core, discussions for improving classroom performance, and recommendations for products that support teachers and students (and that’s just the short list!).
So, when I saw that Education Week put out “Top 10 State K-12 Blog Posts in 2013: From Common Core to Michelle Rhee” I was excited to have a recap of some of the most important happenings in education from the year. This obviously doesn’t include everything, but it definitely gives us a good look into some of the big things. Try to read one a day for the next 10 days, as I have done. Moving forward, it’s always best to be as informed as possible, understanding all sides of each move that is made in educational reform. 2014 is going to be another busy, exciting year as the U.S. moves forward in developing the best methods, practices, and resources for teachers and students.
What do YOU think was the biggest thing to happen to education reform in 2013? What do YOU want to see happen in 2014? Leave your thoughts for us and our readers below!