10 school initiatives that never go away

[In no particular order. Initiatives begin with their oldest version and go to the current version.]

1. Desktop computers; 1:1 laptops; 1:1 tablets; BYOD.

2. No Child Left Behind (NCLB); Race to the Top (RTTT); Common Core State Standards (CCSS); Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

3. Scantron testing; computer-based testing; adaptive testing.

4. Overhead projectors; interactive whiteboards; Student Response Systems (SRS); 3D projectors.

5. Web 2.0 online resources; eBooks; Create-Your-Own textbooks.

6. Online learning; blended learning; Flipped Learning.

7. Extracurriculars; longer school days; year-round school; after-school activities.

8. School day divided by subject and bells; gendered classrooms; open classroom design.

9. Chat rooms; Facebook; virtual reality; safe social networking through classroom learning networks.

10. Card cataloging skills; online search skills; digital literacy skills.

BONUS! When initiatives move backward: Latin and Greek; French and German; Spanish and Chinese…English.

Meris Stansbury

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