“Personalized Learning – state of field and future directions” just released by CCR

CCR is pleased to publish its synthetic and concise report on Personalized Learning, clarifying the confusions over terminology and structure, and including its recommendations for progress.

The vision of a highly-personalized learning experience in education is a long-standing “Holy Grail” advocated for by educators for many decades.  The report quotes renowned inventor Danny Hillis (of Thinking Machines, and Google Knowledge Graph fame):  “ …consider what kind of automated tutor could be created using today’s best technology. First, imagine that this tutor program can get to know you over a long period of time. Like a good teacher, it knows what you already understand and what you are ready to learn. It also knows what types of explanations are most meaningful to you. It knows your learning style: whether you prefer pictures or stories, examples or abstractions. Imagine that this tutor has access to a database containing all the world’s knowledge. This database is organized according to concepts and ways of understanding them. It contains specific knowledge about how the concepts relate, who believes them and why, and what they are useful for. I will call this database the knowledge web, to distinguish it from the database of linked documents that is the World Wide Web.”

The report highlights concrete steps needed to make this vision a reality, which starts with “a reference framework [like CCR’s] for aligning learning experiences, resources, assessment and reporting to the competencies” (iNACOL).

CCR offers Knowledge Navigator open tool to explore interdisciplinarity #4DEdu

The exploration tool is available here to all wishing to explore linkages and relationships between disciplines.

Understanding the structure of human knowledge is an endeavor that dates back centuries, and technology has opened up new possibilities for analysis.  CCR has attempted to visualize the connectivity of the Education space using Wikipedia as a data set, and 40 disciplines representing ~6 million pages (nodes) via ~140 million connections (edges).

CCR is very grateful to the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for its support of this research.

Augmented Humans colloquium hosted at Harvard by @CurrRedesign #4DEdu

The CCR organized and hosted on September 8, 2016 an interactive colloquium on “Augmented Humans” at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, exploring the coming impact of Biotechnology, and partially answering CCR’s seminal question: “WHAT should students learn for the 21st century?”

The colloquium brought together leading minds from, most notably, the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, the Future of Life Institute, and the Clayton Christensen Institute.  The 4-hour colloquium featured a presentation by Dr. Steve Gullans, co-author of the book “Evolving Ourselves”, which followed an introductory presentation by CCR’s founder.

CCR is very grateful to Dr. Gullans and to all participants for sharing their expertise and time, and to the Henri Moser Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) for its continuous support.

Human Learning + Machine Learning colloquium by @CurrRedesign #4DEdu

Join us for an interactive colloquium exploring the intersection of Machine Learning and Human Learning.  This event is organized by the Center for Curriculum Redesign and takes place simultaneously at swissnex Boston and at the University of Geneva.

Bringing together leading minds in Education, the 3-hour colloquium will discuss the question:  How can Machine Learning foster and shoulder Human learning?

The event will be held on March 30, 2016 at 9:00 am EDT and 15:00 CEST (see registration page, and  also live and on-demand streaming for those who cannot join us in Boston).

CCR is very grateful to the Montes Alti Educational Foundation and the Fondation Helvetica Educatio for their generous support.

CCR publishes its Character framework: complete, concise, clear, actionable, globally relevant

The CCR is pleased to publish its Character framework, three years in the making.  It was developed because CCR could not locate a framework that combined all of the following requirements:

  • Completeness → no major elements missing
  • Compactness → actionable and deployable
  • Low-correlation variables → no duplication and confusion
  • At the appropriate layer of abstraction → for robustness and clarity
  • Global relevance → for broad acceptability

It was announced at its 2014 Geneva conference, jointly with the Geneva Declaration.  The six essential Character qualities, from which numerous other related concepts  are derived, are: Mindfulness, Curiosity, Courage, Resilience, Ethics, and Leadership.

OECD’s CERI Governing Board endorses strategic partnership with CCR

The CCR is very pleased to announce that, at its 90th session, the governing board of the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)  endorsed the strategic partnership between CERI and CCR (see: OECD CERI Letter to CCR).

The CCR is most grateful for the exemplary and productive relationship enjoyed to date, as witnessed by the “Character Education for a Challenging Century” conference in Geneva, the “Interdisciplinarity & Metacognition” colloquium in Paris, and the “Mathematics for the 21st Century” conference in Stockholm.

The CCR looks forward to continue redesigning Education through leading-edge high-impact research projects and events, jointly with OECD/CERI.

CCR announces SSATB as new partner

The Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR)  is very pleased to announce that the Secondary School Admission Test Board has joined as a partner.

Heather Hoerle, Executive Director, stated:  “We are pleased to offer SSATB’s support to the Center for Curriculum Redesign. SSATB’s mission of “providing unparalleled leadership and service in meeting the admission assessment and enrollment needs of schools, students, and families” will be fully realized through strategic partnerships with forward thinking organizations like CCR.  She also stated: “CCR’s vision to challenge, explore, and redefine curriculum is critical to the future of each learner”.

CCR announces global conference on Character Education http://curriculumredesign.org/character/

The Center for Curriculum Redesign, in partnership with the OECD/CERI, is pleased to announce Character Education for a Challenging Century, a global conference in Geneva, Switzerland, and online via video, October 22-24, 2014.

The conference will bring together a global, growing community focused on the theme of “Character education for success in life and work” at the International School of Geneva and online. Leading educators, policymakers, executives, and spiritual leaders will discuss solutions to the crucial questions: Which character traits matter most for the 21st century? And how are they best developed?

Please help us spread the word to your networks, and we hope to see you in Geneva or online.  Register at: http://curriculumredesign.org/character/ 

Mathematics for the 21st Century: CCR publishes its recommendations in three concise papers

Thanks to generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Fondation Henri Moser, the Center for Curriculum Redesign has worked during the past two years to synthesize research on Mathematics education around the world – as related to the central question: “What should students learn for the 21st century?”

The recommendations are now published as three succinct papers, which describe the goals for redesigning standards for Mathematics for the 21st Century:

  1. Maths Branches Subjects and Topics – CCR
  2. Maths Methods & Tools – CCR
  3. Maths Concepts & Processes – CCR

and the supporting paper: Maths & Higher-order Thinking Skills – CCR

The recommendations have incorporated copious input and feedback from: CCR member jurisdictions; many invited experts at its Stockholm conference; and an experts’ colloquium in East Hampton NY.

As always, the CCR remains open to constructive suggestions and creative ideas, so please feel free to contact us at info@curriculumredesign.org.