Introduction to 4D Teaching

Resilience. Critical Thinking. Metacognition.

Three areas of need for our students – and our educators – as we navigate the demands of teaching in today’s world. Times of new challenges demand new approaches.

Join the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) as we apply research-based approaches developed by educators for educators to meet the needs of your students. We are being asked to prepare our students not only in the academic content, but in the skills that they will need to be successful in learning and in life.

Learn how to teach competencies of social and emotional learning and metacognitive learning through your content area, not instead of it. Your time is even more limited now; teach these critical principles as part of your teaching through this 10 hour, 5-week, Introductory Course.

Our framework is the result of almost ten years of research, much of which was done by and with educators. We focus on the areas of Skills, Character, and Meta-Learning; our assumption is that educators taking our courses are already experienced in their content knowledge.


What differentiates our courses?

Our contentOur course content is focused on the 12 competencies and their subcompetencies of teaching, developed in concert with educators. Often, these competencies fall into areas traditionally called Social and Emotional Skills (SEL) or Metacognitive Learning. However, there is nothing traditional about our competencies or how they are infused into content learning. You will learn how to teach, for example, resilience through math, metacognition through English Language Arts.

Our courses are short in duration but rich in applied learningEvery course includes both synchronous and asynchronous learning, over a limited time period, and requires applying what you learn as you go.

We develop ongoing communities of practice In our courses, you will be part of a small cohort of educators who share your curiosity, passion, and dedication to strengthening the practice of yourself and your students. The conversations have been rich and together, you will learn as you apply.

Feedback:  Feedback can be a dirty word – some people really do not know how to process, receive, or give feedback. Giving and receiving feedback is a key part of our courses and you will learn to both give and receive warm and cool feedback from your colleague circle.

AffordableCourse pricing is affordable and it is easy to register through Eventbrite.

Certificated, badged, micro-credentialedAs you progress in your journey to become a 4D teacher, you earn recognition along the way. Our Introductory courses are certificated; our Go Deeper courses each end with the awarding of a badge in that specific competency; and, finally, for teachers who take the Introductory and three Go Deeper courses (one in each area of 4D), there is a micro-credential in 4D teaching awarded at the end of the learning journey.

What are these competencies? What are subcompetencies? Why would we want to teach them and how would we infuse them into content? These are common questions that we hear from teachers. You can explore the competencies in more detail on the Competencies Page.

We can tell you that the teachers who were part of our research study, development teams, and pilot courses have told us that learning about these competencies and how to teach them has been life-changing.



In our Introduction to 4D Teaching course, we follow this timeline (click to enlarge):

Intro Course Timeline


A brief summary of the content of the course is provided below (click to enlarge):



At the end of this Introductory Course, participants have explored the competencies; used an innovative lesson-planning tool called the Curriculum Development Tool (CDT) that includes six components in addition to identifying subcompetencies and topics taught; given and received lesson feedback; taught a lesson and captured additional feedback; reflected on learning and teaching, adjusted lessons; received a score on their lesson; and earned a certificate of completion.


Interested in becoming a 4D Teacher? Contact us about our upcoming courses.