Annual Research Explored in ‘Driving K-12 Innovation’ Series; Report Coming in February

Washington, D.C. (December 14, 2022)CoSN today revealed the top three hurdles, accelerators and technology enablers that will shape innovation in K-12 education for 2023. The nine findings will be explored during CoSN’s member-only Driving K-12 Innovation Summit on February 1, when the high-level report will be released to expand on each of the trends.

Following discussions this fall on the key themes impacting education technology, CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation Advisory Board — made up of 100+ global educators and IT professionals — selected three top hurdles, accelerators and tech enablers for the coming year. Since the initiative first began in 2019, education has rapidly changed, as have the topics that stay top of mind for changemakers year after year.

“Predicting the future of technology in education is destined to fail. But using the Driving K-12 Innovation annual research reports gives educators the tools to invent the future we seek. I am proud that CoSN is leading this global research effort,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

According to the project, accelerators pave the way for teaching and learning innovation in schools, while hurdles hinder it. Tech enablers are tools that districts can leverage to surmount hurdles and embrace accelerators.

To deliver extraordinary student outcomes, the three most important hurdles and accelerators for schools to address in 2023 are:

  • Hurdles: Attracting & Retaining Educators and IT Professionals; Designing Effective Digital Ecosystems; Digital Equity
  • Accelerators: Building the Human Capacity of Leaders; Learner Agency; Social & Emotional Learning

The three most important tech enablers for schools to leverage in 2023 are:

  • Tech Enablers: Artificial Intelligence; Untethered Broadband & Connectivity; Rich Digital Ecosystem

Learn more about the 2023 Driving K-12 Innovation initiative in CoSN’s latest blog and from 2022 Advisory Board Members David Jarboe of Harrison School District (CO) and Beatriz Arnillas of the IMS Global Learning Consortium on the Equity & Access Pre-K-12 podcast.

About CoSN

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.


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