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Welcome to Four Dimensional Education

Making Education More Relevant

What should students learn to best prepare for the twenty-first century? In this book, the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) describes a framework built to address this question, so that curriculum is redesigned for versatility and adaptability, to thrive in our volatile present and uncertain future. The framework focuses on knowledge (what to know and understand), skills (how to use that knowledge), character (how to behave and engage in the world), and meta-learning (how to reflect on and adapt by continuing to learn and grow). This book is essential for teachers, department heads, heads of schools, administrators, policymakers, standard setters, curriculum and assessment developers, and other thought leaders and influencers, who seek to develop a thorough understanding of the needs and challenges we all face, and to help devise innovative solutions.

Four Dimensional Education

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Charles Fadel

Director and Chairman

Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader, expert and inventor; founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign ; visiting scholar at Harvard GSE; Chair of the education committee at BIAC/OECD; co-author of best-selling book ``21st Century Skills``; Senior F ellow at P21. He has worked with education systems and institutions in more than thirty countries. He was formerly Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, visiting scholar at MIT ESG and UPenn CLO, and angel investor with Beacon Angels. He holds a BSEE, an MBA, and five patents.

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Maya Bialik

Co-author, Four Dimensional Design

Maya is an author of the recent book, Four-Dimensional Education, and a graduate of the Mind, Brain and Education Ed.M. program at Harvard. For the past four years at CCR, Maya has been synthesizing research from across disciplines such as Cognitive Science, Education, and Future Studies, into reports and recommendations for the future of education. She also co-founded a non-profit called The People's Science, which aims to improve the relationship between Science and the public through a set of projects, platforms, and events. Lastly, through ImprovWise, Maya works to incorporate improv-inspired exercises to enhance learning experiences for individuals and groups across contexts.

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Michelle Blanchet

Designer and Facilitator

Michelle Blanchet is an educator and social entrepreneur, who is passionate about inspiring innovation in the field of education. She has been working with young people for the past ten years and founded The Educators’ Lab, which supports teacher driven solutions to educational challenges. Michelle earned a Master in International Relations from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. She taught sociology and economics, and has presented at numerous events including SXSWedu and TEDxLausanne. Michelle is a part of the Global Shaper Community of the World Economic Forum and a member of the global incubator 1776. She has worked with organizations like PBS, the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, and the Center for Curriculum Redesign.