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Note from the editor

Dear readers,

Schools and districts nationwide are continuing to adjust curricular expectations to address the 21st century skills students need for post-graduation success, adopting more technologically advanced approaches and adjusting to new regulations along the way.

And while new school and classroom models designed to supplant the one-size-fits-all, sit-and-get approach to education are the macro story, the shifts in best practices at the micro level, within classes, are just as seismic.

With often-limited resources, chief academic officers and other administrators overseeing curriculum and learning are tackling everything from offering differentiated learning experiences for every student within individual subjects to rethinking lessons for more cultural inclusivity and responsiveness. (That Thanksgiving story you remember as a kid? Not so accurate in retrospect.)

And, of course, there are the sensitive topics in current U.S. events, like addressing lessons around impeachment or other issues arising in the current political climate.

The challenges are many, whether you're trying to stay abreast of best practices or just monitor changes to standards. To help keep you in the loop, Education 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.

Best,

Roger Riddell Editor, K-12

Teacher prep, equity top list of 'hot' literacy topics

The International Literacy Association’s survey comes as state chiefs gather in Washington, D.C., to discuss what some call a reading crisis.

How to emphasize, teach and use computational thinking

Once aligned to coding, computational thinking can be woven into other areas of curriculum and assessments as well

3 ways state agencies, nonprofits transport students beyond the classroom

Report: Florida, Ohio called 'advanced leaders' in K-12 media literacy efforts

Advocacy group Media Literacy Now says 14 states have laws with "some media-literacy language" and others will consider bills this year, but some say progress "is too slow."

5 steps to addressing impeachment in classroom discussions

While covering the Trump impeachment inquiries could "come at a cost" because of the topic's partisan nature, experts say it is an invaluable teaching moment if done with tact.

3 ways to expand Native American curriculum beyond Thanksgiving myths

Generalizations tied to the holiday don't paint the whole picture of the numerous cultures that were spread across the Americas.

US students show low-to-medium tech skills

A 12-country international study shows just because students grow up with digital devices doesn’t mean they have “sophisticated” skills.