Educational leaders need a framework to lead schools fearlessly into the uncertain, emerging future. In our rapidly changing world there is growing concern around the suitability of an industrial revolution based education model and debate around the keys to educating students for an unknown world. Many educators want change but feel confined by the existing system. The challenge for educational leaders is to look towards and lean into emerging future possibilities. To develop a pathway that rewrites the role of education and co-creates education systems that support and prepare students for an uncertain future. We explore the following structural elements that support this shift and provide a framework for every educator, student and parent to reshape education: Rethinking schools as businesses where client (student) engagement drives decision making; Embracing Purpose-Led leadership and aligning all aspects of education towards a purpose of educating students for an emerging future; Exploring the power of design to promote creative, individual experiences; Increasing engagement using experiential methodology centred around solving meaningful, real world problems; Using student-led project-based experiential learning to shift the focus from a knowledge-based curriculum to a skills-based curriculum and strengthen cross-curricular relationships; and reframing existing systems element – like standardised testing, to be opportunities to manage uncertainty, problem solve and fail forward, rather than summative evaluations to be prepared for and taught to.
Kendall Jane Clifton-Short, The Purpose:Fully, Australia
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