Technology is redefining what it means to succeed in life and work, and even what it means to be human. While most of the 21st century bears little resemblance to the 19th, learning models have yet to undergo the deep redesign necessary to become versatile, adaptable, and encompass all four dimensions of knowledge, skills, character, and meta-learning (aka “21st century skills” and social-emotional learning). The role of assessments is pivotal and they will play a transformative role: summative assessments can provide new “scorecards” to drive change at all education levels, from K-12 through to workforce development, while formative assessments will scaffold the learner in all their dimensions during lifelong learning. In this keynote session, Charles Fadel will help us all understand how together we can meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and author, futurist 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 “Four-Dimensional Education” (available in sixteen languages) and best-selling “21st Century Skills”; founder and president of the Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland); senior fellow at The Conference Board. 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 angel investor with Beacon Angels. He holds a BSEE, an MBA, and seven patents. Learn more about Charles >