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:

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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 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)


We are pleased to share with you videos of the conference’s key speakers. You may access them by follow these instructions:

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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.

CCR announces global conference on Character Education

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: 

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

CCR’s third colloquium on “AI/Robotics and Employability” highlights the complexity of broad predictions

“Hype vs. Reality:  A.I./Robotics and impact on employability” was the theme of the third CCR colloquium on the topic (see agenda and past colloquia: #2 and #1). Several leading economists and technologists (participants and bios) debated the potential impact of technology on employability, starting with a critique of the Oxford Martin Study: The_Future_of_Employment_OMS_Working_Paper_1.

The presentations were given by: (alphabetically)

The consensus reflected the following views:

  • Routine tasks will remain the most automatable, for the foreseeable future.  Even some facets of innovative and creative activities might become automatable.
  • The full-fledged adoption of technologies generally takes much longer than initially anticipated, yet often strikes deeper eventually than assumed a priori.
  • Robust occupations will be those that are “full of challenges with new discoveries to be made, new performances to be obtained, new things to be learned and shared with others“.
  • Occupations that will see an increase in demand are so-called T-shaped (requiring both depth and breadth) with deep expertise and complex communications skills.
  • Further progress on predictability would require a deep, sector-by-sector analysis, and cannot be achieved by a top-down review.
  • The ultimate challenge in predictability is due to the parameters being numerous, variable, with wide “error bars”, and temporally interplaying with each other.

The Center for Curriculum Redesign is grateful to the Hewlett Foundation, the USCIB Foundation and the McGraw-Hill Financial – Global Institute for their support of the research and the event.

CCR conducts Interdisciplinarity & Metacognition colloquium at OECD

On October 14-15, 2013, the OECD hosted CCR’s Interdisciplinarity & Metacognition colloquium (agenda).  The following presentations are now available:

The CCR is grateful to all presenters, participants, and partners.