Six Trending Topics in 2021

December 13, 2021

Six Trending Topics in 2021 

You voted! Here are your most popular Classworks blog posts from 2021

2021 brought unique challenges as well as opportunities for educators to shine! You navigated remote and hybrid teaching, social and emotional learning, larger populations of students who needed tier 2 and 3 supports, and more! Hopefully, you’ve taken advantage of the resources we’ve provided to help! 

We asked you for your favorite blogs of the year, and you have spoken! Here are the six most popular topics from our blog in 2021 that are certain to be trending in 2022. 

  1. Social and Emotional Learning and Your Academic Intervention

Educators are thinking more than ever about how to meet the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of their students. When considering how best to support SEL for students, a high-quality academic intervention to close learning gaps should be part of the solution. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) recommends that for SEL to be successful, it must be integrated into all aspects of schools, including academic interventions. 

But, why?develop two important SEL competencies: self-awareness and self-management. 

  1. Transforming MTSS Fall Summit: Our Top Five Biggest Takeaways' 

Okay, we admit it. We're MTSS obsessed. And with good reason. MTSS, or Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, is the tried and true  way to address learning loss and the impact the pandemic has had on students’ academic and social and emotional well-being. The goals of MTSS should be the same for every school district; allow each student to achieve grade-level proficiency and college and career readiness.

MTSS ensures students get the help they need earlier in their academic journey rather than allowing students to become academic casualties. This topic is so urgent that we brought together over twenty experts to deliver ten sessions focused on helping you create equitable MTSS processes. Educators across 24 states came together to discuss the components of successful MTSS/RTI. 

  1. Supporting RTI and Special Ed in 2021

Many teachers have found their rhythm when it comes to supporting student learning needs. Whether by adding extended learning time, providing opportunities for extra skill practice, or goal-setting with students, teachers have been hard at work to curb learning loss amongst their general population of students.

But, as the focus at the beginning of the year weighed heavily on the general population, many districts have now shifted their efforts towards supporting targeted groups of students, like Tier 2, Tier 3, and Special Education. If supporting all students is the goal, taking steps to ensure that students with unique learning needs have not fallen by the wayside should be a top priority.

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  1. Six Tips for Solution-Oriented SST Meetings

When you think about SST meetings, what’s your first thought? Dread? Indifference? Determination? We know the purpose of SST meetings is to ensure students are getting the support they need. But, that can get lost in the burden of documentation. The ultimate goal for these meetings is to get students to graduate out of the intervention process or provide them with specialized support. So, how can we make SST meetings impactful and stay positive while keeping the end goal in mind? It boils down to excellent data, staying motivated, and celebrating! 

When looking at the impact of SST meetings, there’s undeniable evidence that they can work. 

  1. Three Lessons the Pandemic Taught Us

Pandemic learning has undoubtedly been a memorable experience for schools across the country. Some made their first forays into digital learning, while others leveraged over-communication to keep the ball rolling. While we can all agree that there is no replacement for face-to-face learning, the pandemic has provided an opportunity for educators to form good habits with their classroom technology. It also taught us a thing or two about hitting the pause button when we’re too in the weeds and the power of brain breaks.

And finally, let’s end the year with a celebration:

  1. Classworks Celebrates Educators

When asked to recall a fond childhood school memory, an impactful teacher or principal often comes to mind. From motivating us through challenging times to helping us discover our passions, educators play an essential role in our lives. While the last couple of school years have certainly had their own set of challenges, teachers and principals have shown just how vital and admirable their role is while swiftly pivoting and excelling. 

Here at Classworks, we love honoring the all-important role our teachers and principals play. With this in mind, we put out a call for nominations for National Principals Month and World Teachers Day, and the numerous entries we received were awe-inspiring (and often heart-warming)! 

We can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store for education--we’ll be right there with you, along for the amazing ride.

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