Education Trends for 2016

Grade Power Learning, The Woodlands

The Woodlands, TX 1/1/16


Education Trends for 2016


A new year is upon us and I would like to provide an opinion on a few of the education trends I am seeing in the Woodlands and nationally. Some of these trends will become the standard, some will not. The purpose here is not to judge, merely to apprise parents of what we are seeing in the realm of education.

  1. An increase in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) focused curriculum for advancement. Locally, we have the Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EFTA), which is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting the business and education communities in Montgomery County.
  2. E-Learning & technological resources for our students will continue to expand and improve. Sites like Khan Academy have revolutionized support for students everywhere.
  3. Individualized lesson plans; this is a tough one for the public school system to administer. It’s also a reason for an increase in home schooling and programs like GradePower Learning.
  4. Non lecture based learning, aka “flipped learning”. The best way to describe this trend which has caught on in Universities is the student-teacher dynamic has “flipped” from lecture based to “hands on, collaborative, and team based”. Students participate using more of their cognitive abilities rather than sitting back listening and note taking.
  5. Safety & Security of our students, faculty, and administration. This one is front and center here in Texas with the new open carry law on certain college campuses across the state. For pre-k through 12 grade campuses, active shooter safety drills are being implemented alongside other standard emergency preparation drills.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about these trends we are seeing in the education community. If you have any questions or comments, GradePower Learning, The Woodlands is here to help. We are The Woodlands’ leading tutoring center offering academic programs for children ages 3-18 years of age. For more information, go to our website at or contact Kristal Kaidasz, Center Director at or (936) 271-1700.

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