K-12 Challenges: The Big Four

Aubrey Francisco and Kelsey Gross of Digital Promise recently identified the top K-12 challenges in Education.

K-12 Challenges

K-12 Challenges in 2016 and beyond are hot topics.  All stakeholders in education are looking for solutions.

Here's a quick bit about who Digital Promise is for context. According to their website they are...

“an independent, bipartisan nonprofit, authorized by Congress in 2008 as the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies through Section 802 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush.”

So in order for them to identify the top K-12 challenges Education, Franciso and Gross created a survey for educators.

They asked educators to pick their top challenges and then they ranked them in order of votes.
In order, here’s the Top 4 Challenges in Education according to Educators (via Digital Promise)

  1. Creating opportunities for authentic learning
  2. Supporting students non-cognitive and social emotional skill development
  3. Fostering deeper learning
  4. Support students ability to solve real world math problems

What I found most interesting was that the solution for each challenge educators identified seemed to start with one thing.

And it’s a topic that’s getting a lot of attention these days and for good reason.
There’s even a great book by Carol Dweck that focuses on it.
Of course, that’s MINDSET.

Repeatedly throughout Francisco and Gross’s article they made mention to mindset. And it would appear that one of the biggest solutions to each of the four challenges K-12 is facing now starts with Mindset.

A fundamental mindset shift in students and teachers is needed in order to create solutions to the challenges educators are facing right now in 2016.

And part of that mindset shift will have to come through collaboration.
Creating solutions to these 4 issues will take researchers, entrepreneurs, community members, educators, and students.

So what’s your take on Francisco and Gross’s survey?

Would you add any challenges of your own?
What I’d most like to know is if you think a mindset shift is the starting point for creating solutions.
Let me know in the comments below.




Matt Phillip Senior Marketing Manager at Thrivist, LLC