The K-12 Dive Outlook on 2021

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Note from the editor

Dear readers,

The arrival of the novel coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020 triggered a seismic shift in K-12. The transition to fully remote learning in response to widespread school closures necessitated significant ed tech investments and a directional shift on what the future of assessment and learning models at large might look like. The change also significantly impacted discussions around student privacy and cybersecurity, as well as methods of delivering professional development opportunities for teachers.

And leaders had to adapt not just to that crisis, but to the impact of the nation's reckoning with systemic racism following the police-involved deaths of Black Americans, as well as the fallout of a contentious election cycle.

Now, as schools head into a new year, school districts are weighing what they've learned as they navigate tensions around safely reopening for in-person learning, changes that might come with President Joe Biden's administration and more.

To help keep you in the loop, K-12 Dive has gathered our 2021 outlook coverage as a one-stop resource on the trends and leaders to watch in the months ahead.


Roger Riddell Editor

These 8 trends will impact schools in 2021

With the effects of multiple crises likely to linger at all levels for years to come, these key factors will influence the direction of schools in the coming year.

• Published Jan. 4, 2021

5 ed tech trends to watch in 2021

The shifts of the past year are shaping new developments in online learning, classroom tech training, cybersecurity concerns and more.

• Published Jan. 7, 2021

4 superintendents to watch in 2021

These administrators are tackling immediate pandemic-related challenges while also looking ahead to long-term reforms.

• Published Jan. 11, 2021

4 principals to watch in 2021

School leaders continue to face crises on multiple fronts as remote and hybrid learning present challenges. These principals are rising to the occasion.

• Published Jan. 13, 2021

4 K-12 professional development trends to watch in 2021

Even when schools return to "normal," changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit professional learning in several ways.

• Published Jan. 28, 2021

The K-12 Dive Outlook on 2021

To help keep you in the loop, K-12 Dive has gathered our 2021 outlook coverage as a one-stop resource on the trends and leaders to watch in the months ahead.

included in this trendline
  • 8 trends that will impact schools in 2021
  • The superintendents and principals to watch this year
  • How ed tech and professional development trends will continue to affect the industry
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Produced by our team of award-winning journalists, these Outlooks can help businesses navigate the uncertain road ahead in 2021.
Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.