At the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR), we have spent the past decade developing answers to the fundamental question, “What should students learn in the 21st century?” We speak often about preparing learners for the “VUCA World,” a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. From paradigm-shifting technologies, to climate change, to social inequity and hyper-partisanship, today’s students face challenges never before seen in human history.
A 4-Dimensional (4D) Education is our answer to what students should learn to grapple with the stressors of dealing with these challenges, to lead happy and healthy lives, and to identify and design solutions to these challenges. By modernizing the Knowledge Dimension with relevant content and concepts, and by elevating twelve Competencies across the Skill, Character, and Meta-Learning Dimensions, learners receive an education that is relevant for today and ready for tomorrow.
It takes a village to raise a child, and so to actualize this 4D Education, we work with players all across the education ecosystem.
We partner with jurisdictions and organizations to reimagine learning standards, develop modernized curricula with districts to build a pipeline straight from high school to the workforce, and collaborate with teachers and classrooms in delivering data-driven lessons and assessments on how to teach modern competencies. With our 4D School partners leading novel change efforts and approaches, we equip classrooms with the research, software, resources, coaching, and collaborators to help shape the education that our students need.
We’re an ambitious group – a team of changemakers, leaders, engineers, curriculum designers, teachers, writers, researchers, software developers, and more. It’s going to take a whole lot of people with a whole lot of skill sets to create positive and transformative change, from teachers and school leaders, to foundations and businesses, to parents and students. Join us in taking on the challenge!