We strive for brevity; our philosophy is: “Perfection is attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

“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 launches new book at OECD and IBO; praised by Andreas Schleicher, Carol Dweck and many other education thought leaders

The CCR is pleased to announce that its new book “Four-Dimensional Education” will be officially introduced at an event hosted at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  The presentation by Mr. Fadel will be held at OECD’s Paris headquarters on Jan. 18 from 14:30-15:30 (local time) at the closure of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) meeting with OECD Ambassadors.  Mr. Fadel will also present “Four-Dimensional Education“ at the International Baccalaureate Organization in The Hague on Jan. 19 at 14:00-15:30 AM (local time).

“’Four-Dimensional Education’ is a clear and actionable, first-of-its-kind organizing framework of competencies needed” states Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at OECD, in his prologue for the book.  A short video introduction by Mr. Schleicher can be viewed here.

Stanford University professor Carol Dweck describes the book as: “A very thoughtful treatment of the competencies our students need to thrive in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world. This book will help educators understand and navigate the critical choices we are facing.

Additional praise for “Four-Dimensional Education” from reviewers from Harvard, MIT, Google, IBM, and many other education thought leaders may be found here.

“Four-Dimensional Education” discusses the fundamental question posed by CCR: “What should students learn for the 21st century?” The  book offers a framework describing the dimensions – Knowledge, Skills, Character, and Meta-Learning – of a relevant 21st century curriculum required to promote fulfilled individuals, sustainable societies and productive economies:

Twitter: @CurrRedesign   #4DEdu

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”.

Character education conference: contents now available including the Geneva Declaration

Delegates described the “Character Education for a Challenging Century” conference as “fantastic”, “wonderful” and “inspirational”, culminating with the Geneva Declaration.  The content of the conference  is now available below (and please scroll down further to read instructions on how to access the videos).

PresentationImportance of Character Education to OECD and all countries – Andreas Schleicher (Director, Education and Skills Directorate, OECD)

PresentationWhy Character Education? Exponential technologies and their impact on humankind – Charles Fadel (Center for Curriculum Redesign)
Presentation: Human Enhancements redefining what it means to be human – Richard Sandford (Researcher, U. of Bristol)
PresentationDeveloping Courage – Bernard Harris (First African-American astronaut to perform a spacewalk)
Talk: Wilful Blindness and the need for deep integrity – Margaret Heffernan (author, “Wilful blindness” and TEDGlobal presenter) – WATCH VIDEO (see instructions below)
Conference notesEducation, “Bildung” and Mindfulness Han de Wit (Acharya, Shambhala; representative of Sakyong Mipham for Europe)
PresentationLeadership for humanity’s best instincts – Carsten Sudhoff (Founder, The Circular Society, and former Chief Human Resources Officer, World Economic Forum)
Presentation: Intellectual Virtues: What they are and Why We Need Them.”–  Barry Schwartz (Professor, Swarthmore College, and TED.com presenter)
PresentationOECD’s Research on “Social and Emotional Skills” – Dirk Van Damme (Head of CERI, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD)
Presentation: Assessing Character – Shanette Porter (Professor, U. of Chicago)
Presentation: The Pornified Life:  What is the impact of these messages and what can be done? – Mary Anne Layden (Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania) – WATCH VIDEO (see instructions below)
Presentation: Moral and social development priorities in child-raising – Richard Weissbourd (Director, Human Development and Psychology program, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Talk: Courage: can it still blossom in an era of over-protection? Gerard D’Aboville (First person to cross the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by rowing, solo; author, “Alone”) – WATCH VIDEO (see instructions below)
Presentation  and PaperAwakening student curiosity – Dr Conrad Hughes (Director of Education, ISG)
Presentation: The importance of Mindset – Eduardo Briceño (CEO, Mindset Works, collaborator of Stanford University’s Carol Dweck on “Mindset”)
Presentation: How Schools Can Develop Character: Teaching for Social / Emotional Learning – Linda-Darling-Hammond (Professor, Stanford University)

Presentation: Character education framework for the 21st century (Charles Fadel, Founder of CCR)


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We are sincerely indebted and grateful to the following organizations and foundations for their support:  Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland); Montes Alti Education Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland); Fondation Henri Moser (Geneva, Switzerland); and our partners: OECD/CERI (Paris, France); and the International School of Geneva.