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Seminar on Four-Dimensional Education

May 3-5, 2017


On May 3-5, 2017, the Center for Curriculum Redesign will offer again its NEW seminar “Four-Dimensional Education: Knowledge, Skills, Character, Meta-Learning” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (room TBA).


This seminar will focus on new global concepts  laid out in the new book, “Four-Dimensional Education: The competencies learners need to succeed” which is based on synthesizing research, practice, policy, and insights from the employment sector to design the education our children and our society needs. So far, it has been translated to 7 languages and is being used to stimulate transformative discussions in schools across the world.

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, the 21st century bears little resemblance to the 19th century, so curricula need to be deeply redesigned. We need to move beyond false dichotomies like teaching skills OR teaching knowledge, but rather consolidate curriculum and focus on what is most important. You will learn about emergent and future needs, and new imperatives to teach and develop the four-dimensions of a 21st century education: Knowledge, Skills, Character and Meta-Learning.

The Seminar is designed to be an intense, hands-on workshop and therefore space is limited.


  • Directors of Curriculum and Learning, and their staff
  • Department heads and key teachers
  • High-level Administrators and their change management staff

  • Understand the complex future facing humanity and students caused by technological and human factors; rethink educational practices for a sustainable humanity and a new economy, in light of robotics/artificial intelligence, gene editing, etc.
  • Re-prioritize knowledge, skills, character and meta-learning in the curriculum
  • Delve deeper into specific knowledge facets that need to be rethought in schools: STEM, Humanities, Arts; interdisciplinarity; major themes (global literacy, systems thinking etc.)
  • Rethink new approaches at the system and classroom levels for modern knowledge (entrepreneurship, wellness, robotics, etc.), themes (digital literacy, global literacy, information literacy, etc.), and interdisciplinarity; skills (creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration), character (aka SEL: Mindfulness, Curiosity, Courage, Resilence, Ethics, Leadership) and Meta-Learning (Growth mindset and Metacognition)
  • Develop an action plan for your school to make education more relevant.


Active participation is expected throughout this Institute. Ample time will be devoted to group activities particularly on Day 2, for a judicious blend between lectures and inquiries.



Wednesday May 3:

11:00 am – 1:00 pm:  Registration, lunch, and introductions.

1:00 pm – 4:45 pm (break included):

The WHY of 4DEdu — Charles Fadel and Maya Bialik

    • The World We Live In
    • Impact of Technology
    • Innovation in an age of A.I./Robotics
    • The role, goals, and challenges of K-12 Education
    • Overview of the Four-Dimensional Education framework
    • How to move beyond Knowledge


Thursday May 4: (after breakfast; coffee/tea/cookies available, including during breaks)

8:30 am – 4:45 pm (breaks and lunch included):

The WHAT of 4DEdu — Maya Bialik and Michelle Blanchet

  • What is essential and how to teach it
  • Hands-on group work on the Knowledge Dimension
  • Making Connections in the curriculum
  • Infusing the other 3 dimensions


Friday May 5: (after breakfast; coffee/tea/cookies available, including during breaks)

8:30 am – 2:00 pm (breaks and lunch included):

The HOW of 4DEdu — Maya Bialik and Michelle Blanchet

  • Support for developing your strategy for your school
  • Implementation so far



This Center for Curriculum Redesign seminar will be led by Charles Fadel, Maya Bialik, and Michelle Blanchet (See bios on team page). The program is designed to help individuals and school teams rethink and learn how to redesign curricula for the modern age.  Cost of the seminar is $795pp. There is a 15% discount for participants of 4 or more – contact us for a discount code via info@curriculumredesign.org. 


All sessions will take place at the Gutman Library 13 Appian Way in Cambridge MA, at the Harvard* Graduate School of Education. Lunches and refreshments, as well as course materials including a copy of “Four-Dimensional Education”, are provided.

* this seminar is not associated with Harvard University’s offerings.

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