Readings and Resources (Education-based)

UNESCO: Futures of Education

Background paper for the Futures of Education initiative—Learning to become with the world: Education for future survival

Transversal Skills

World Economic Forum Report on Schools of the Future: Defining New Models of Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – This report calls on schools to prepare for “Education 4.0” by stressing Global Citizenship skills; Innovation and Creativity skills; Technology skills; Interpersonal skills; Personalized and Self-Paced learning; Accessible and Inclusive learning; Problem-Based and Collaborative learning; Lifelong and Student-Driven learning.

OECD Transformative Competencies for 2030 defines “transformative competencies” as the types of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students need to transform society and shape the future for better lives. These have been identified as creating new value, reconciling tensions and dilemmas, and taking responsibility.

Assessment of Transversal Skills 2020 – ATS2020 provides a comprehensive learning model for the enhancement of student indispensable transversal skills within curricula and offers new approaches and innovative tools to teachers for the development and assessment of these skills.

Skill Shift: Automation and the Future of the Workforce – A May 2018 discussion paper from McKinsey about the skills that will be required in the workplace by the year 2030.

Cultures of Thinking Resources

Project Zero – Straight from the source… tons of thinking routines.

Thinking From the Middle Wonderful resources for understanding and implementing Project Zero Cultures of Thinking.

Visible Thinking – Thinking Routines from Project Zero itself.

Artful Thinking – The goal of the Artful Thinking program is to help students develop thinking dispositions that support thoughtful learning – in the arts, and across school subjects.

Ladder of Feedback – The “Ladder of Feedback”* is a protocol or structure that establishes a culture of trust and constructive support by sequencing feedback in order that is constructive.

Thinking Routines + Tools + Practice – The resources here are designed for both educator and learner use of the Agency by Design Framework for Maker-Centered Learning. In this collection you will find three sets of resources. 

School Change

Who’s Asking? — Alfie Kohn proposes that we start with the customary way of framing this topic and then proceed to questions that are deeper and potentially more subversive of traditional schooling.

The Case Against Grades—Alfie Kohn argues that collecting information doesn’t require tests, and sharing that information doesn’t require grades.  In fact, students would be a lot better off without either of these relics from a less enlightened age.

Unleashing Greatness: A Strategy for School Improvement—Prof. David Hopkins proposes a simple and practical approach to school
improvement designed for schools who are currently overwhelmed by myriad often incompatible demands from governments, community and professional associations.

Getting to the Heart of System Reform: A micro strategy for large scale educational change—The paper proposes a school improvement strategy for moving Instructional Rounds, the generation of Theories of Action and Peer Coaching to scale. This has particular relevance for school networks and Multi Academy Trust and has the potential of having has the potential of having large-scale system reform impact.


Backwards EdTech Flow Chart and Ideas – This flow chart helps get started with using technology with a purpose for what students are going to do/learn, instead of focusing on tool only training

Common Lingo & Shared Lexicons

Design39Campus Glossary Design39Campus is an innovative school that blends design thinking with the cultivation of knowledge, skills, and learning dispositions. This glossary is amazing because it is an effort to have a conversation with a shared lexicon.

Practitioner’s Lexicon – What is meant by key terminology.