- Future Ready
- Who I'm Becoming
- Innovation & Creativity
- 4 Capacities
- 7 Habits
- 5 Keys
Will our students be FUTURE READY?
How important is this question? Naturally, no one would say that this query is unimportant. However, our world today makes the answer to our students' readiness highly relevant.
Presently, our world is experiencing massive change in virtually every sector. This change is being driven by human ingenuity and invention. Our competitiveness, within the global marketplace, is being challenged by thriving economies in Asia and elsewhere. But, as educators, we must ask the question, "What are we doing to prepare students for the "World of Massive Change"? In order to remain relevant, schools in today's world must equip students with skills that go beyond the basics of academic excellence and into the development and nourishment of the whole person.
Dr. Canton, a renowned futurist and CEO of The Institute for Global Futures, as well as a Fortune 1000 advisor, gives ten trends that are shaping the creative economy. Trend number eight concerns education. Canton believes that the educational system today is broken and is not preparing students to be FUTURE READY.
The current model of education was designed to service an age that has passed us by - the Industrial Age. The focus of the Industrial Age school system was conformity, compliance and meeting standards. On the other hand, the present Creative Age is being fueled by innovation and creativity – highly sought after characteristics, yet hard to find and even harder to develop.
The FUTURE READINESS of our students is not a future hope, but a CURRENT REALITY.
The Future of Learning
JW Wilson on being Future Ready
2 Dimensions of Who I'm Becoming
At PLi, preparing students to be Future Ready involves the development of the whole person and not just a student's academic abilities. "Who a student is becoming" has both an inner dimension as well as an outer dimension.
The inner dimension of a student's life is all about their IDENTITY; who a student is on the inside. The deepest sense of a person's identity is all about their character, values, beliefs, principles, talents, gifts and personality.
The focused attention on identity formation is informed by Erik Erikson's psychosocial development theory, John Bowlby's Attachment Theory and brain science. Summarily, Erikson's theory traces the development of one's identity through a series of tasks, that when successfully completed, result in a healthy personality and meaningful engagement with others. The atmosphere of acceptance and empowerment is key to the development of healthy attachment bonds and sense of security, which then impacts academic performance. More so, according to recent advances in neuroscience, the experience of empathic and attuned connection facilitate neural integration necessary for personality development, character formation, principled-centered living, and adoption of pro-social values.
As students progress into the higher grades, they are introduced the the 5 Keys of Unlocking the Vision Led Life. We begin to build the capacity of students to be visionary, designers and creators of their own future within the context of a secure and enriched school environment.
The tending and nourishment of the inner ground of identity inevitably leads to the flourishing of the outer and more visible embodiment of Future Ready skills or capacities. Embedded in the teaching and learning of these Future Ready capacities are principles critically derived from Piaget's cognitive developmental theory, Vygotsky's social development theory, and Wilson's brain science of learning. Creating the conditions for students to grow cognitively that are developmentally appropriate, gaining knowledge through collaboration with teachers and peers, and attending to students' brain health is paramount. This integrated approach to teaching and learning expands students' capacity to inquire, improve, innovate, and invent that will prepare them to meet the challenges of the future with a posture of curiosity, creativity, and confidence.
The outer dimension of who a student is becoming is all about what they are capable of doing; their Future Ready skills. In our elementary school the focus is on developing the student as a Master Learner to become a principle-centred:
- Independent Worker
- Collaborative Worker
- Quality Producer
- Life Long Learner
- Critical and Creative Thinker
As students progress into the older grades they will more intentionally begin developing their four Future Ready Capacities: to inquire, improve, innovate and invent.
Who I'm Becoming Slideshow
Innovation and Creativity
PLi has been developing its Profound Learning model with the signature of innovation and creativity since 1997. Over the years, a framework for creating design-based learning experiences has emerged that integrates the creative process with the 5 Keys of a Vision Led Life.
Creative Process Model
The creative process is dynamic and iterative, and can not be distilled into a linear process. That being said, creativity is a process and a discipline that can be developed and matured and is not limited to the arts. Innovation and creativity is the hallmark of today's global creative economy and needs to be applied into all aspects of business and in life.
- Key 1 – Vision
Vision formation is the beginning of the creative process, which is often a result of dissatisfaction or a sensing that something better needs to be created. A vision is a picture of an end state you want to achieve, yet seldom do you know how to get there. A compelling vision of the future often gets sabotaged early in the envisioning process simply because of all the limiting mindsets that come to play. As a designer of the future you must learn to apply the "Open Principle" that enables you to see beyond the limits of what seems to be possible.
- Current Condition (Here)
The current condition analysis is based more on data, facts and sometimes feelings. Your goal is to determine why the current system behaves the way it does by studying cause and effect relationships using a number of quality and system tools. You will go beyond the obvious to study the mental models behind the system structures that drive the current system behaviours.
- Vision Revisited (There)
Following a thorough vetting of your current condition, you will want to revisit and modify your Vision. Vision is always morphing as you gain greater clarity around your current conditions as well as the needs of the future. Throughout the design process you keep revisiting your vision which continues to become more clear.
- Key 2 – Drive
Here you size up the situation and decide to "do something" about it. This phase involves clarifying what you have gained from the preceding explorations. Primarily this is the phase of personal ownership and commitment where you make it your personal quest to solve this problem. The deeper the Vision connects with your meaning network (Learning Code) and your Big WHY, the more likely you are to engage in design using your cluster of drivers (Key 2 above).
- Key 3 – Sight
This is the "Aha!" stage in which a synthesis occurs between all that has gone before. The confusion starts to make sense. Having created the "probletunity" through clarifying your current condition and your preferred future, the solution usually becomes obvious. If no obvious solution has emerged, you need to continue to envision many possible solutions and systematically explore their potential. By using the third key of SIGHT, you are able to see hidden assumptions and mental models that have created your current condition and the thinking that is being applied to your Vision.
- Key 4 – Design (Engineering)
In this phase, you put ideas into practice. Once Insight is achieved, one has the information, plan, or design that allows for detailed questions to be asked. You can put the numbers to your solution; How many...? How much...? How many...? What should...? In this phase, you apply the skills, techniques, discipline, and language of the designer/engineer and professional to your design.
- Key 5 – Build
This is the phase of production, marketing, and entrepreneurship. This is typically where the profit is to be made with an idea. When the building phase is done well, the solution totally "fits" the problem and the designer. "Fitting" means that an idea comes into a pattern, that it works, that it is eloquent, comprehensive, and economical.
- Use (Feedback and Re-Design)
This is often the forgotten part of the creative process. It is when the consumer uses the end product of the entire process that we can truly evaluate our success. Inevitably, when this phase is not ignored, the process brings new insight – and sometimes the lament, "we could have done it better!" But of course! It is precisely due to the successful completion of the cycle that you discover all the elements that can be your springboard to the next cycle of "probletunity".
Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity
idSchool: Innovation& Creativity
Neuroscience & Creativity
Four Future Ready Capacities (iCubed Model)
Since the creation of the iCubed Model by Tom Rudmik in 1999, teachers at Master's Academy and College in Calgary, Alberta Canada, have been implementing strategies that develop the creative and innovate capabilities of students. The following are the four iCubed Future Ready Capacities:
- I0- Inquire
- I1 - Improve
- I2- Innovate
- I3 - Invent
Teachers intentionally design learning experiences that incorporate roles and skills from one or more of the four Future Ready capacities.
Four Future Ready Capacities
Becoming Future Ready
Developing students' inner identity and outer Future Ready skills is as important as their academic preparation. The Seven Habits of the Master Learner are integrated into the elementary experience starting in Kindergarten. Developing the four Future Ready Capacities to Inquire, Improve, Innovate and Invent and their corresponding roles and skills are integrated as the student reaches the higher grades in elementary and in junior and senior high. To accomplish this holistic education, PLi has incorporated neuroscientific and psycho-social insights into how students develop and learn as whole persons.
7 Habits of the Master Learner
At the core of PLi's Mission are the Seven Habits of the Master Learner. These habits are intentionally integrated into everything we do. They include:
- Person of Character
The values that we uphold and live by are at the core of our character - the very heart of who we are. These values include honesty, integrity, faithfulness, trustworthiness, consistency, and kindness. Character development is both taught and caught. At PLi, character development is foundational to our mission of developing Master Learners, by integrating Christian principles into everyday life. All of the other core characteristics of being FUTURE READY must be built on a solid foundation of character. For without this foundation, the "building will not stand".
- Quality Producer
In the Industrial Age, quality was viewed as the competitive advantage. However, in the World of Massive Change, quality is the expected norm. Because of this, PLi teaches students to consistently meet and go beyond quality standards—in other words, to be a quality producer. Academic excellence is the starting point, not the end objective. Realistically, we live in a consumer-driven world, which drives many of our lifestyle choices and has created a sense of entitlement with many of our youth. Typically, in education, students have been consumers of their learning. On the other hand, producers are creators and risk-takers. To become FUTURE READY students must learn how to be producers and not just consumers of the learning they receive in school.
- Life-Long Learner
In the last 15-20 years, the world has shifted from a philosophy of continuous improvement to continuous innovation. Continuous innovation can only be sustained and fueled by continuous learning. Students must acquire a love of learning, which is fundamental to their future success. Intrinsic motivation towards learning is created when students take ownership of their learning, and therefore achieve success in the process. At PLi, we have shifted our focus from consuming learning to producing our learning as a knowledge-worker. Establishing the right mindset is immensely important, yet one of the more difficult things to measure.
- Collaborative Worker
"The aspect of innovation most exciting to me, and the one most critical to this industry, is the broad collaboration required to make an idea a reality." – Rashid Skaf, CEO, AMX Corporation. Collaboration at a global level has become an indispensable strategy. Over the years, through research and various partnerships, we have gained a deep understanding of collaborative and design processes resulting in the amplification of the brilliance of the group or organization. PLi has developed a powerful iCubed Transformation Process, with its 5 Keys, designed to unlock the visionary spirit of people to imagine and create a new future.
- Independent Worker
Massive shifts have taken place in how people work. Years ago, the workplace was centralized around a building, either the factory or the office. Today, the workplace is much more distributed, with many people now operating out of their virtual offices at home. Modern communication technologies enable this distributed workforce to be highly engaged and effective. This requires a person to be an independent worker who can manage their priorities and produce results based on individual goals. At PLi, individual goal-setting and self-reliance are bedrock competencies that are introduced starting at the very youngest students in Kindergarten.
- Complex Thinker
Creative and critical thinking are two distinctly different processes, both of which are needed in order to thrive in the world of massive change. Critical thinking is largely a left-brain function that involves analyzing and breaking down a problem into its parts. Creative thinking is primarily a right-brain function that involves the synthesis of new ideas or possibilities, which is what innovation is all about. "The promotion of continuous innovation and the full and unfettered expression of human capacity are indispensable elements in Japan's economic rebirth and revitalization." – Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese Prime Minister. Alarmingly, studies have shown that the longer a person stays in school, the harder it becomes for them to innovate and create. To help counteract this trend, students are asked to go beyond curricular or content benchmarks, adding their own creativity to every project. Design-based learning experiences enable students to engage with the world of design and begin to design their world.
- Principle-Centred Leadership
Leadership for the 21st century takes on an entirely different role. In today's rapidly changing world, leaders need to embrace uncertainty, work collaboratively and engage in innovative design. At PLi, we have introduced the concept of "future by design ... not by default". students become leaders of change and designers of the future. In doing so, they are building the confidence they need to take responsibility for the emerging world of their generation. This kind of leadership has to be rooted in a principle-centred value system that honours people and relationships.
5 Keys of Unlocking the Vision Led Life
We have discovered five keys to unlocking the vision led life. What we mean by this is the ability to function in all four Future Ready Capacities depending on what the context calls for.
The first of the five keys is finding your Big WHY. This is the ability to dream big, to engage with the universe of unlimited possibilities, to have a compelling vision.
The second key is activating your personal drive. This is your commitment to pursue your Big WHY, by discovering and activating your unique breakthrough drivers and by demonstrating courage, passion, initiative, perseverance, and courage.
The third key is seeing the invisible. This is the ability to activate your imagination, to have insight (the ability to see what is) and foresight (the ability to see what could be). Using this key you will begin to discover why life is the way it is and how to free yourself from the prison of your past.
The fourth key is the ability to design your future. This is making visible the invisible. When using this key you will begin to move from wishful thinking to intentionally designing your future.
The final key is doing the impossible, or at least what seems to be impossible given your track record. Once you have taken the limits off your thinking and you have designed an executable plan, it is time to build your future. You are now in the execution phase of your life plan.
These five keys can be simplified to one word each
- Finding my Big WHY is VISION
- Activating Personal Drive is DRIVE
- Seeing the Invisible is SIGHT
- Making Visible the Invisible is DESIGN
- And Doing the Impossible is BUILD
We can apply these five keys to the act of creation. It starts with a Vision. Drive kicks in and says "I want to do this". Sight comes along to help your understanding of where the barriers are and how to overcome them. Design creates the plan and Build brings the plan into fruition.
Go to Innovation and Creation tab to view the Creative Process that helps direct the Design and Build process.
Five Keys Slideshow
Key 2: Drive
"Who I'm Becoming" Student Development System
Studies, such as Karen Arnold's valedictorian study, show that academic success does not necessarily translate into success in life. Arnold's study shows that there is no appreciable difference 10 years after graduation between valedictorians and the average student. Doing well in a linguistic test-oriented academic environment does not necessarily prepare students for the world of tomorrow.
We believe that we can have both a strong academic foundation along with the development of students with FUTURE READY skills. It is not an either/or proposition. Students not only GET a great academic education they also have BECOME FUTURE READY.
The Profound Learning Research Institute has developed, along with its strategic partners, a powerful groundbreaking student development system that enables the tracking of the 12 Essential Future Ready skills as well as the development of the four iCubed Identities. We believe that to fully prepare students for the world of massive change it must be done through the intentional design of learning experiences that incorporate these essentials skills and competencies. Schools must go beyond academic achievement.
Currently under development is our second generation "Who I'm Becoming" tracking system which will show the student's progress in their FUTURE READY skills. The "Who I'm Becoming" tracking system involves:
- The journey map describes students' growth goals and breaks them down into objective criteria for evaluation purposes.
- The data for these charts is derived from assessments within learning experiences.
- The method of assessment often involves self-reflection and confirmation by the teacher.
- These charts are active allowing the student or the teacher to click on an element of the chart to view the data, often a time-series of graphs representing different assessment points in the student's journey.
- Radar charts will be used to show a student the relative development of different habits, keys and personal strengths.
Data Visualization of "Who I'm Becoming"
JW Wilson: Valedictorian Study