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Welcome to Four Dimensional Education

Making Education More Relevant

Four Dimensional Education Seminar for Educators

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Join us at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education this May!

This seminar will focus on new global concepts  known as “Four-Dimensional Education” and teach the Why, What and How of 21st century competencies. The last major changes to curriculum took place in the late 1800’s as a response to the sudden growth in societal and human capital needs. However, today’s 21st century bears little resemblance to the 19th century so curricula needs to be deeply redesigned. You will learn about emergent and future needs, and new imperatives to teach and develop 21st century competencies in Knowledge, Skills, Character and Meta-Learning.  Educators and other workshop participants will have the opportunity to dig into the ‘How’ of curriculum redesign by re-examining their own curricula and applying 4DEdu concepts.


The 4DEdu Seminar allows participants to:

  • Understand the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of curriculum redesign
  • Discover the 4DEdu design process
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the ‘how’ of 4DEdu
  • Develop strategies to incorporate 4DEdu into your work
Welcome to 4DEdu
About Us

Curriculum hasn’t evolved much since the 1800s. We’re here to change that.  At the Center for Curriculum Redesign, we have been working diligently to rethink what students ought to be learning to be successful in the 21st century. We believe that by applying the four dimensions of Knowledge, Skills, Character, and Meta-learning, we can redesign curricula so that it more aptly benefits our students and the needs of society.



The mission of the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) is to answer this timely question, and openly propagate its recommendations and frameworks on a worldwide basis. The CCR brings together non-governmental organizations, jurisdictions, academic institutions, corporations, and non-profit organizations including foundations.


Learn more about our research or upcoming speaking events.

4DEdu for Educators


The last major changes to curriculum were effected in the late 1800’s as a response to the sudden growth in societal and human capital needs. As the world of the 21st century bears little resemblance to that of the 19th century, education curricula need to be deeply redesigned for the four dimensions of Knowledge, Skills, Character and Meta-Learning.  Adapting to 21st century needs means revisiting each dimension and the interplay between them.

Join us for a workshop to learn what you can do as an educator to make education more relevant.

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NAIS Conference 2017


Join us on Thursday, March 2, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM 

Charles Fadel is the author of Four-Dimensional Education, which explores the competencies students need to thrive in today’s world. Fadel is a thought leader on global education and a futurist, author, and inventor. His work spans the continuum of schools, higher education, and workforce development/lifelong learning.

SXSWedu 2017


Join us in Austin, TX this March!

The education world seems all about adding more to the plates of students and teachers. Why not take a step back and see what we can remove? Developing future ready students doesn’t mean teaching students EVERYTHING; it means prioritizing what students learn so that it’s as relevant as possible.

In this workshop we we will facilitate an interactive dialogue (What should students be learning?/How can we get rid of the excess?) and introduce educators to the 4D model-a framework to make lessons more relevant. We will create a mini competition in which groups are asked to turn a boring lesson into a future ready lesson. Teams will compete to design the best 4D lesson. May the best lesson win!

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