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Note from the editor

Dear readers,

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools and districts nationwide were adjusting curricular expectations to address the 21st century skills students need for post-graduation success. This included adopting more technologically advanced approaches and innovating new school and classroom models designed to supplant one-size-fits-all, passive learning approaches.

Disrupted by school closures, however, administrators found themselves shifting their schools and districts to full 1:1 remote learning, fast-tracking the adoption of broader device programs amid massive investments in technology and broadband infrastructure as their often-limited resources continued to be stretched even further.

This seismic shift led to unprecedented learning loss as schools struggled to keep students engaged, and to then draw them back to classrooms as schools reopened for in-person learning. Amid it all, administrators have also had to contend with both new and ongoing controversies over how race, science and other topics are covered in curricula.

The challenges are many, whether you're trying to stay abreast of best practices or just monitor changes to standards. To help you stay in the loop, K-12 Dive will keep this page up to date with new curriculum trends and developments throughout the year. Here are some recent highlights from our coverage.


Roger Riddell Editor

Study: Anti-CRT campaigns impact districts with 35% of nation's students

• Published Jan. 21, 2022

Schools expand credit recovery to keep students on track for graduation

Personalizing and growing credit recovery options are among popular nontraditional approaches districts have supported with relief funding.

• Published Jan. 12, 2022

3 ways district leaders are adapting pandemic learning experiences

From new grading systems to an increased focus on flexibility, superintendents are shifting virtual learning tools and approaches for in-person use.

• Published Jan. 5, 2022

How Disney's magic can inspire students in STEAM

From the physics behind a roller coaster to the engineering in a light projection show, Disney parks offer a variety of STEAM lessons on- and offsite.

• Published Dec. 8, 2021

Coding and barbering event aims to broaden Black student participation in computer science

Students in South Carolina are learning a unique approach to barbering by coding hair designs in their barbershop class.

• Published Dec. 8, 2021

Reading Reimagined attempts to take complexity out of literacy interventions

The project aims to provide research-based curriculum and tools to help underserved students become successful readers.

• Published Dec. 1, 2021

Promising Practices: Rural Texas districts collaborate to expand CTE

Three neighboring districts with small student populations found cost savings in collaborating on course offerings.

• Published Nov. 19, 2021