“The curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation.” (NZC)
But what if the future our tamariki will face is less certain? What about the global issues and concerns that threaten to disrupt the way we have known life on this planet for the past few centuries? What are the areas of knowledge, skills and dispositions they will need in order to face these challenges, to cope with this uncertainty, and to thrive in the world of the future?
In a world where we’re focused on short-term solutions and seeking immediate gratification for our efforts, can ‘thinking long’ provide an alternative way of viewing what we do and how we go about it? Is ‘thinking long’ the key to future focused learning in our schools?
In this Leaders Connect we will explore what it means to be Future Focused in our approach to our work as educators, and in the design of programmes for our students.
Derek is acknowledged as one of NZ education’s foremost future focused thinkers, and is regularly asked to consult with policy makers and government agencies regarding the future directions of educational policy and practice in New Zealand and internationally.
Leaders’ Connect is an interactive, relational, online space for education leaders. These one-hour online hui occur fortnightly and the aim is to:
Leaders Connect was initiated by our team during the COVID19 lockdown in March 2020 and faciltated 15 Leaders Connect sessions in 2020. In October 2020 the Ministry of Education agreed to sustain this initiative through resourcing it till the end of 2021.