The EdHub is the innovation unit within the NECT with an explicit mandate to promote and support innovation in education. It aims to coordinate innovation for 21st Century education so that it can impact, at scale, the public basic education system in South Africa and ultimately improve education outcomes and quality of life for all.
A recently initiated channel within the EdHub is the establishment of the ‘21st Century Schools Sandbox’ initiative that intends to set up a laboratory for 21st Century schooling models in the public sector, where various innovative models for teaching and learning can be trialled. Through the implementation of this project, a body of evidence will be gathered to assist in proving the case for the integration of 21st Century teaching and learning practices into the South African public schooling system.
Godwin Khosa, CEO of the NECT, stated: “The CCR/NECT Partnership is ambitious yet practical, as we are playing in the transformation and not the improvement space; but we will keep focused on trialling and testing while feeding key findings into the basic education sector throughout the process”.
Charles Fadel, founder of the CCR, added: “We are delighted to advise and assist the NECT with its Edhub/Sandbox initiatives to serve as a model for South African schools. The attachment to 21st Century Competencies of Skills, Character and Meta-Learning is both refreshing and leading edge”.
The NECT is an organisation dedicated to strengthening partnerships between government, business, labour and civil society to achieve South Africa’s national goals for basic education – as detailed in Chapter 9 of the National Development Plan 2030. It strives both to support and influence the agenda to reform education through a variety of capacity-building interventions, monitoring and evaluation, research, and advocacy. With cross-sectoral governance spanning government, business, labour & civil society, the NECT is uniquely positioned to identify, enable and fast-track change in the basic education system.
The CCR is a non-profit global organization dedicated to improving Education and openly propagating its recommendations and frameworks on a worldwide basis, via answering this question: “What should students learn for the 21st Century?”. The CCR brings together international organizations, jurisdictions, academic institutions, corporations, and non-profit organizations including foundations. It focuses on designing and propagating new curricula and assessments.
The Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) has announced a partnership with Somos Educação, the largest basic education group in Latin America, for the development of 21st century competencies in its curriculum – which reaches over 30 million students in Brazil.
The Brazilian Ministry of Education has recently released the country´s first mandatory curriculum, the “BNCC”. According to Renato Nunes Dias, head of Curriculum and Assessment at Somos, “the partnership with CCR will result in the delivery of a free platform for schools and teachers nationwide, offering them the tools to build their curricula, transforming 21st century competencies into daily practice.”
Leticia Lyle, head of Somos Institute, stated that: “This opportunity to give back to our country is unique in our history. We are proud and pleased to be developing deep competencies of knowledge, skills and character and their mapping to the BNCC, including the embedding into disciplines such as Mathematics, Language, etc. Our partnership with the CCR, coupled with our innovative digital platform, are allowing us to develop curricula deeper and faster than at any time before, and make the BNCC vision a reality in the classrooms.”
Charles Fadel, founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR), added: “In Somos, CCR has found a leading-edge, open-minded and progressive partner that understands that our four-dimensional (“4-D”) framework, available in 16 languages including Portuguese, is versatile and adaptable as well as detailed and actionable. We are delighted to be helping the BNCC and Somos comprehensively assist teachers and students to learn at their fullest”.
Both organizations expect that by September 2018 they will introduce the first instances of the free curriculum on the platform, to test with teachers and students.
The Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) has partnered with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to design a world-class mathematics curriculum for schools K-12 that explicitly addresses the learning needs of students for life and work in the 21st century.
CCR is leading maths experts and practitioners from Australia, the US and around the world to develop an exemplar world-class mathematics curriculum that any country could use to inform their own curriculum design. This is particularly timely as the OECD has embarked on deepening its Mathematics PISA 2021 assessment.
“This is a world first”, said Charles Fadel, founder of the CCR. “We are taking the Australian Curriculum in Mathematics as a starting point because our international analysis shows it is already one of the best curricula worldwide. And we are now applying learnings from recent innovations in curriculum design and professional practice to ensure we modernize the content of mathematics, while also bringing in concepts, interdisciplinary learning and competencies (skills, character, meta-learning)”.
“ACARA is pleased to be working with the CCR on this ground-breaking project”, said Robert Randall, CEO of ACARA. “We have a mandate to assemble evidence for reviewing, designing and refining the Australian Curriculum. This joint project with the CCR will be used to inform any future refinement of the existing Australian Curriculum in Mathematics and to help guide improvements to ACARA’s overall curriculum design and development process”.
Andreas Schleicher, director of the OECD’s Education and Skills directorate, stated “PISA 2021 will incorporate several new features: more focus on essential and relevant subjects and topics such as exponentials, emphasis on modern branches such as statistics/probabilities, and explicit attention to 21st-century competencies such as reasoning, computational thinking, and resilience. I commend the CCR, our partner in Mathematics for the past 5 years, for leading this endeavor with a world-leading authority such as ACARA”.
The project draws on evidence collected and agreed on as part of the PISA Mathematics 2021 project, which CCR advised, including conferences in 2013 in Stockholm and in 2018 in Geneva. “It is now internationally recognized that the school curriculum needs to allow more time for deeper learning of discipline-specific content and 21st century competencies. In order to do that we need to selectively curate (add, emphasize, de-emphasize or remove) curriculum content so that the core concepts and essential content are focused on, that will best prepare students for life and work in our changing world” said Charles Fadel.
The Fondation Helvetica Educatio (CCR’s sister foundation) hosted its “21st Century Mathematics” conference on May 25, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland, which attracted numerous influential delegates from over twenty countries. It was the positive conclusion of a four-year effort started with the Stockholm conference on Mathematics.
The final agenda is given here. The conference presentations are available via the links below (please feel free to share this page):
- Presentation and video: Mathematics for the modern world – Charles Fadel (Center for Curriculum Redesign)
- Presentation and video: Recommendations for PISA – Peggy Carr (NCES DoE, USA)
- Presentation and video: How Poland moved ahead – Zbigniew Marciniak (Warsaw University)
- Presentation and video: Algorithms do change the world! – John MacCormick (Dickinson College)
- Presentation and video: Mathematics and the Brain – Stanislas Dehaene (CNRS)
- Presentation and video: What Mathematics do people really need? Keith Devlin (Stanford University)
- Presentation and video: Stop Teaching Calculating, Start Teaching Maths – Conrad Wolfram (Wolfram Research)
CCR’s recommendations for PISA Maths 2021 can be downloaded here.
The CCR is grateful to the OECD for their continued partnership, as well as to the Jacobs Foundation, Gebert Ruf Stiftung, Dudley Wright Foundation, Swissnex, the International School of Geneva, and the Moser Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) for their generous support.
CCR is pleased to publish its synthetic and concise report on Psychomotor Skills, clarifying the confusions over terminology and structure, and including its recommendations for sophisticated psychomotor human learning in a age of robots – from medicine to music, from trades to sports:
- perception and proprioception are critical feedback mechanisms for psychomotor development,
- psychomotor skills cannot be accurately categorized as fine or gross but rather should be defined based on measurable attributes such as precision, accuracy, speed, and consistency, as well as physical abilities such as strength, flexibility, balance, and stamina
- singular psychomotor skills have a linear progression from unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence, that is independent of their combination with additional skills or transfer to new situations, which can also have their own developmental progressions.
- Two essential psychomotor skills that transcend fields emerged- coordination and adaptation (aka transfer). These are referred to as “meta-motor” abilities because they can be applied to any psychomotor skill, transcending typical subject- and/or occupation-bound categorizations.
CCR is grateful to Area9 Learning for their support of this paper.
The CCR is very pleased to announce that its “Four Dimensional Education” framework has gained broad global acceptance, as it is now available in 15 languages. This represents eight of the top ten languages spoken worldwide, with a potential to reach 3.5 billion people! from Arabic to Chinese to Spanish, from Farsi to French…
This confirms that the 4-D framework, which focuses on Knowledge (modernized), Skills, Character, and Meta-Learning, resonates with the needs of education worldwide, as both actionable and global.
We are of course very grateful and indebted to all partners and contributors who made this happen in, amazingly, less than 2 years! Feel free to inform your networks, and if you wish to add a language that is not yet represented, please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The media world is suddenly awash with news about Artificial Intelligence, but CCR has been working on its impact – and that of many other global factors – and consequences for Education, for a decade. This work had led in 2016 to the publication of its recommendations for a Four-Dimensional Education framework (“4D”) described its book.
After 18 months of further research, CCR is delighted to offer its expanded Knowledge framework (+ appendix), describing how to rethink content in the age of algorithms (from search to A.I.) to build:
- Relevance and personalization (for learner motivation)
- Versatility (robustness to future uncertainties)
- Transfer (actionability in real-world situations, leading to “flipping the curriculum“)
All of which are to be achieved via a deep redesign of disciplines and their content:
- Modernizing/curating traditional disciplines (STEM, Humanities, Arts), via analysis of:
- Essential Content
- Core Concepts
- Learning progressions
- Adding Modern Disciplines (Technology & Engineering; Media (digital journalism, cinema); Entrepreneurship & business; Personal finance; Wellness (physical, mental); Social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, civics, future studies, etc.).
- Developing Interdisciplinarity and Themes (Environmental, Global, Civic, Information and Digital Literacies; Systems, Design and Computational Thinking; etc.)
- Intersecting with Competencies, the other three dimensions of the framework: (Skills, Character, Meta-Learning).
We remain as committed as ever to answering our seminal founding question “What should students learn for the 21st century?” in an age of AI and more… join us!
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).
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.
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.