Trends Shaping Education in 2022

It’s hard to see trends in a crisis. And now multilayered crises – pandemic, climate, race settlement, economic inequality, geopolitical tensions – are the new normal. We go through a jumble of unexpected events that thwart pattern recognition.

Most schools start in person in 2022, but with disappointing COVID spikes and renewed questions about how to best protect students, teachers, and communities. After two years of pandemic education, fatigue is the overwhelming experience of many educators.

The return to face-to-face learning for the 2021-22 school year was largely a return to normal schooling with a little tutoring. On the margins and behind the scenes, three major changes accelerated: new learning objectives, team tools and staffing, and active learning.

New learning goals

For 20 years, school networks have pioneered the introduction of new result frameworks. These include subsidized networks (such as BECAUSE), Platform networks (like New tech network) and managed networks (like Public schools of the summit).

Ten years ago hundreds of school districts joined EdLeader21 (now part of Battelle for children) and started community dialogues leading to new goals, expressed as a Portrait of a graduate.

Despite, and in some cases because of, pandemic conditions, we have seen communities around the world pursue broader goals, from the obvious need for social and emotional learning, and attention to well-being and mental health, and changes in the nature of work, including the need for both , were driven by initiative and collaborative, data-driven problem solving.

Communities express these broader goals in a variety of ways and bring them to life through culture, communication, and learning experiences. We were impressed how Hopkins public schools implement their graduate profile, their shared values ​​and design principles.

The emerging trend in learning objectives is diversity, equality and inclusion. While critical racial theory was used as a weapon by opponents in 2021, the trend towards inclusive environments and experiences is strong. Districts like Hopkins share the value of “vigilant justice.”

The next trend in learning objectives is to incorporate agency and purpose, citizenship and community contribution. We think to make a difference is the new superpower and we are seeing more and more schools and programs incorporate it. Einstein (Featured image) has a mission of “making students better leaders and the world a better place” and involves passion and purpose as a Competencies.

Learning trends 2022



New trends

Next trends


New goals (what)

Justice & Inclusion (who)

Contribution (why)


Active learning


Immersive learning


Learning platforms

Learning experience

Family & out of school



Proof of qualification



Integrated services

Orientation aid

Growth communities

Active learning

While distance learning has often been a throwback to asynchronous content and worksheets (digital only this time), there has been a long trend towards active learning, including project-based learning, design-based challenges, work-based learning, and entrepreneurial experiences.

In the past two years, the 75 high schools in Metro Kansas City have continued to push Learning in the real world even during the months of distance learning. Some customer-oriented projects and internships have been relocated virtually. Schools in North Kansas City Implemented vocational academies with embedded projects and professional experience in all four grammar schools. Nearby Public schools in freedom two started Microschools to present integrated project-based learning – much of it addresses global goals. the Innovation academy at Basehor-Linwood High supports self-directed community-based projects. Our Lady of Sion developed three signatures Effect programs which strengthen the student contributions.

While critical racial theory was used as a weapon by opponents in 2021, the trend towards inclusive environments and experiences is strong.

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Also inspired by the innovation in Kansas City that CAPS network is a growing association of 123 school districts where “Students fast-forward to their futures and fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real-world problems, using industry-standard tools and being mentored by actual employers, all while earning high school and college credits . “

Team tools and staffing

After a hundred years of individual teaching practice, personalized and competency-based learning has created the need for teamwork. Next educational staff at ASU Fulton Teachers College has been driving team-based preparation and staffing of schools in Arizona for the past four years. In dozens of counties across the country Casual culture has promoted team-based staffing and leveraged the cross-class leadership of great teachers.

The rapid move to distance learning during the pandemic has led school districts to adopt shared learning platforms and versions of team staffing (including full-time, part-time, pre-service, proxy and community resources). The introduction of common business tools and team staffing means less autonomy for individual teachers, but more support and potentially more autonomy for teams within a coordinated system.

Learning legend Karen Pittman points to the next trend in team building: parents, teachers, and extracurricular providers work together to enable their shared and unique learning outcomes (see diagram below and discussion here). These collaborations are currently facilitated by SMS platforms such as Remind. In the near future they will be supported by personal portable digital recordings with (sometimes partial) read / write access.

Actions and credentials

There is a global shift from sitting time to proven competence as a measure of learning and the signaling of skills. In view of the very different learning experiences during the pandemic (both formal and informal), we expected an increase in the level of function in skills practice in schools. We haven’t seen much evidence of structural changes made by frequent regrouping by subject (age cohorts take precedence) to adapt to individual pace, but with additional resources many schools offer additional tutoring to fill in gaps.

Microcredentials continue to grow as a framework for professional teacher learning. These short learning units allow teachers to decide what to learn and how to demonstrate their new skills. Not for profit digiLEARN leads a consortium of states expanding access to high-quality micro-credentials.

Skills shift has accelerated in the corporate sector over the past two years due to skills-based recruitment. With the information value in degrees declining, many companies have become smarter in identifying job-specific success competencies and updated their hiring process to attract and retain employees who have them.

In the past few years, large technology companies have introduced or updated free training pathways, often

digital certificates. To the executives belong IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Foreclosure.

The qualification certificates will be expanded in the next few years at high schools to support the recently adopted learning goals and as part of career-oriented paths.

Evidence of qualifications is increasingly being communicated in mastery transcripts and digital learning materials. More than 400 schools have joined the Mastery Transcript Consortium to move from a list of courses to a more comprehensive description of skills. Greenlight credentials is an opportunity to unlock blockchain records for learners in Texas and beyond.

The next trend in measurement is wellbeing (mental and emotional health) and wellbeing (positive habits and behaviors). The pandemic has highlighted the importance of wellbeing and the important role schools can play collect data and share resources. One example is that Well-being index from Turnaround for children which can be taken daily or weekly by a whole class in 60 seconds. The 12 points deal with feeling and function. It helps learners reflect on their performance and gives teachers a quick sense of how best to support learners. From screen time monitoring to Wearables that track physical Activity, we have more opportunities to make data available to students in order to influence their own learning.

Integrated supports

Many schools strengthened their support systems during the pandemic. ONE Graduated support system offers “a framework for an adaptive, responsive continuum of integrated support for all students of varying intensity”, so Turnaround for children. It can help promote fairer outcomes for students by increasing academic, social, and emotional support where it’s needed most.

Before and during the pandemic, the number of school and post-secondary educational opportunities exploded – the large ones Unbundling of education. The new challenge is to help students make good decisions on their learning path. Re-bundling and post-secondary planning increasingly play a role in a secondary school Advisory system. In Cajon Valley USD, partnered with the local staff council to provide personalized and local advice. In Kansas City, consulting is increasingly incorporating business experience as part of the Learning in the real world Initiative.

Finally, in and out of school, we see more growth communities – small groups of learners committed to growing together. In schools, We are crew by EL Education is a nice collection of resources for creating mutual support groups. Out of school, Seth Godin, through altMBA and Akimbo workshops, pioneered the productive use of small synthetic cohorts that learn together – a productive combination of peer support and collective, an ASU spin-out, supports growth groups in schools, juvenile detention centers and religious communities. These examples illustrate that most learners are inspired by relationships and grow in community.

Wider goals, More active learning, team tools, stronger support and learners who are ready to tell their story – these are the big trends of 2022. Our best for each of you in the new year.

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