The Future of Learning

Looks Bright

In Future-Focused Learning, you'll discover ten exciting shifts of practice transforming education across the globe—and how they can profoundly transform YOUR practice.

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What is Future-Focused Learning?

Future-focused learning is a holistic approach to teaching in which our learners strive together to find and solve real problems that matter, with a focus beyond the curriculum to the goal of encompassing real-world education, and cultivating capabilities essential to ensure their success in and beyond school.

When educators embrace this kind of student-centered learning, something remarkable happens—the classroom transforms, authentic learning comes alive, and outcomes improve dramatically. 

The revolutionary book Future-Focused Learning details ten core shifts of practice that will accomplish this with any student in any learning environment, regardless of your core curriculum or instructional pedagogy. These proven shifts offer a clear pathway for taking the great work you are already doing as a teacher and making it exceptional.

Future-Focused Learning reads like a story but is actually a field guide for transforming schools. I have seen its ideas work as it transformed 2,700 students and 300 faculty in one of the most high-profile schools in the world. I highly recommend you read and, more importantly, use this book in your community of learning.”

Thomas Steele-Maley, Director of Foresight Research and Design, GEMS Education UAE
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"When presenting new learning, consider this: If this learning is the answer, what was the question?"

—from Future-Focused Learning  

How Can This Book Help You and Your Students?

Within the pages of Future-Focused Learning you'll find structured, teacher-friendly, and student-centered methods for instruction that will fully support the most authentic and meaningful learning outcomes you can imagine. It will positively transform the way you look at teaching—and the students you teach—forever.

How does Future-Focused Learning accomplish this? The Ten Shifts of Practice author and educational consultant Lee Watanabe-Crockett profiles in this book are applied by using what he calls "microshifts"—simple and approachable action steps designed to be incorporated into your teaching in ways that compliment your curriculum, harmonize with your personal instructional philosophies, and both engage and challenge learners on the most satisfying and rewarding levels possible. 

Following these shifts will transparently—and painlessly—allow your instruction to focus on student-centered learning competencies which support the the development of both critical thinking and modern digital skills.

"The young minds we cultivate today will take on vocations not yet invented, and solve the problems we can’t even conceive."

—from Future-Focused Learning  

“At last, a book that bridges the gap between the realization that education must change, and the real work of transforming it ... if you strive to transform teaching and learning based on depth of inquiry, collaboration, and creativity, you must engage with this book.”

Kathleen Baker Brown, assistant principal, Parap Primary School, Australia
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What's Inside Future-Focused Learning?

Using Future-Focused Learning as their guide, the modern educator will:

Study over 50 specific examples of classroom microshifts that make the larger shifts in practice simple to achieve as a collective group.

Connect six essential fluencies representing problem-solving, information literacy, creativity, media fluency, collaboration, and global digital citizenship to the shifts of practice that develop students’ critical thinking skills and higher-order reasoning.

Explore topics in student-centered learning competencies such as project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, essential questions, STEM education, and digital skills.

Learn how fostering connections to learning—from improved emotional connections to personalized learning—improves student-centered learning outcomes and higher-order thinking.

Improve formative assessment practices to be more mindful, ask the essential questions, and further student engagement by involving them in the assessment process.

Access an exclusive online bonus chapter that examines the value of Solution Fluency across a range of applications.

"Any teacher, from beginner to veteran, will find practical and proven ideas for invigorating their teaching and enlivening student learning."

Jay McTighe, educational author and consultant

Future-Focused Learning

10 Essential Shifts of Everyday practice

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