Speaking Schedule as of December 2014

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  • January 14: Google Techtalk, Mountain View CA
  • January 15-16: Cisco Systems, San Jose CA
  • February 3: White House OST Skills meeting, Washington DC
  • February 13: Norway commission on Education, via webcast
  • March 19: “AI/Robotics & Employability” colloquium, McGraw Institute, New York NY
  • March 20: European commission on Technology & Employability, New York NY
  • March 24-25: OECD’s “Skills for social progress”, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • April 8: OECD’s Institutional Management of Higher Education, Paris France
  • May 7: Global Education Leaders Program, San Francisco CA
  • May 9: Learning & the Brain, New York NY
  • June 16-20: New South Wales and Victoria Departments of Education, and ACARA; Australia
  • September 4: Amherst College, Amherst MA
  • September 18: SSATB conference, Orlando FL
  • October 22-24: “Character education for a challenging century”, Geneva Switzerland
  • November 20: DAEKYO Foundation, Seoul South Korea
  • During the year: private seminars at Choate Rosemary (CT), Governor’s Academy (MA), Newton Country Day (MA), Pomfret (CT), St George’s (RI), St Luke’s (CT), St Mark’s (MA).




  • January 12: Ross Institute, East Hampton, NY
  • January 25:  British Council, Mexico City, Mexico
  • February 12: C21, Kingsbridge, Ontario, Canada
  • February 14: Learning & the Brain, San Francisco, CA
  • March 4: Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
  • March 13: PIAAC meeting, US Department of Labor, Washington DC
  • March 19-20: Ecole Internationale, Geneva, Switzerland
  • March 25: OECD Skills Strategy, Paris, France
  • April 22-24: “21st Century Mathematics“, Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 6-10: Global Education Leaders Program, Sydney, Australia
  • June 24: Midwest Learning & the Brain Institute, MI
  • July 9-12: Learning & the Brain seminar, Hyannis, MA
  • July 19: World Future Society, Chicago, IL
  • September 24-26: Bogota independent schools (UNCOLI), Colombia
  • October 3-4: International Baccalaureate, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • October 21: CEA-ACE, Calgary, Canada
  • November 21: ADIGECS conference, Quebec-ville, Canada
  • November 25-26: Commissions scolaires Montreal/Grandes Seigneuries, Canada



  • January 3 and 13: Fessenden School, Newton MA
  • February 15: C21 conference, Kingbridge Center, Toronto Canada
  • March 3: Weston public school district, Weston MA
  • April 4: Fessenden School, Newton MA
  • April 30: AISNE seminar at Boston College, Boston MA
  • May 18: Corporate University Exchange conference at UPenn, Philadelphia PA
  • May 21: APEC International Minister’s Summit, Seoul Korea
  • May 24: NAWI conference, Boston MA
  • June 20: National Girl School Conference, Dallas TX
  • June 22: US News & World Report STEM conference, Dallas TX www.usnewsstemsolutions.com
  • August 8: Conference about Curricular Framework and Fundamental Learning, Lima Peru
  • October 2: British Council LATAM conference, Cartagena Colombia
  • October 19: Ecole Internationale de Geneve, Geneva Switzerland
  • November 18: Learning & the Brain, Boston MA
  • November 22: ADIGECS conference, Quebec-city Canada


  • March 21: Association of California School Administrators Region 8, Conference Keynote, San Jose, CA
  • March 29: San Carlos School District, “Re-Designing a District” Keynote, San Carlos, CA
  • June 4th – Sonoma County Office of Education, Summer Institute Keynote, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • June 12-14: Utah State Department of Education, CTE Summer Conference Keynote, Park City, Utah
  • July 16-19: National Academies Foundation, NAF Next 2012 Conference Presentation, Washington, DC



  • January 11: Farmington NM via webconference
  • February 4: Oak Meadow Montessori, Littleton MA
  • February 15: Kingsley Montessori, Boston MA
  • February 18: Learning & the Brain conference, San Francisco: http://www.learningandthebrain.com/
  • February 25: ABEL, York University, Toronto Canada
  • February 28: World Bank, Washington DC: Human Development Forum
  • March 22: Brownell-Talbot school, Omaha NE:  http://educationmattersblog.com/
  • April 21:  Bellevue University via webconference  http://www.corporatelearning.com/
  • April 26: Winsor School, Boston MA:  http://www.winsor.edu/
  • May 2: Nobel conference, Fes, Morocco:  http://fez-nobel.com/blog/category/education/
  • May 6: GELP, Seoul, Korea:  http://pdf.joinsmsn.com/article/pdf_article_prv.asp?id=DY01201105100088
  • May 13: Federal Reserve Bank, St Louis MO (financial literacy conference)
  • May 17: UNESCO Global Forum on Rankings and Accountability in Higher Ed: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/all-events/?tx_browser_pi1[showUid]=3466&cHash=f48af1d016
  • May 17: Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna, Austria:  http://www.iv-net.at/b2475
  • May 26: Museum of Science, Boston, with Iceland delegation from http://www.fmos.is/
  • June 21: Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Oakdale NY via webconference
  • June 22: NYC, NY:  ICDE Standing Committee of Presidents
  • August 25: Winsor school, Boston MA
  • September 22: New York Times Schools for Tomorrow Conference, New York, NY  http://nytschoolsfortomorrow.com/speakers.html
  • September 28: McGraw Foundation Innovation in Education conference, New York, NY http://www.cvent.com/events/innovation-in-education-summit-2011/event-summary-b2f3ff307b424ffb8391bcf22bbfc99a.aspx
  • October 7: Icelandic Delegation, Harvard GSE, Gutman library, Cambridge MA
  • October 13: 21st Century Learning Leadership Forum, Banff Canada http://www.21centurylearning.ca/
  • October 14: Creating Minds symposium, Portland OR
  • October 18: Massachusetts STEM Summit, Newton MA
  • October 21: Educational Records Bureau 84th annual conference, NYC New York http://www.kinsleymeetings.com/erb/
  • October 24: AISNE Program 1, St Mark’s School, Southborough Massachusetts
  • November 4: ISACS annual conference, Detroit MI http://www.isacs.org/resources/calendar/detail.asp?id=212
  • November 19: Learning & the Brain, Boston MA http://www.learningandthebrain.com/Event/Preparing-21st-Century-Minds/Program
  • November 28: Fessenden School, Newton MA
  • December 1: AISNE Program 2, St Mark’s School, Southborough MA
  • December 5: IMHE Higher Ed conference webcast, Mexicali, Mexico


  • March 24: Scottish Council  Summit, St. Andrews, Scotland
  • March 25:  MacKay Hanah conference, Linlithgow, Scotland
  • August 3-4: ShiftEd Conference, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Foothill College, Los Altos CA
  • October 3-4: National Governors Association Forum, Philadelphia PA
  • October 5: Resource Area For Teachers, Showcase of Creativity Event, San Jose CA
  • October 10: SingTel and Apple, Learning Journey Conference, Singapore
  • October 13-14: MetroArts, Creating Minds Symposium, Portland OR
  • October 21:   Alhambra, CA, Los Angeles County Office of Education – Common Core State Standards http://commoncore.lacoe.edu/events.php
  • November 8-9: Sierra Nevada College, Tahoe CA  http://www.sierranevada.edu/news/detail/?id=709
  • November 16-19: Virginia Educational Media Association, Experiencing Learning Conference, Richmond, VA
  • November 19: Learning & the Brain, Boston MA http://www.learningandthebrain.com/Event/Preparing-21st-Century-Minds/Program
  • December 1-2: Central Alberta Regional Consortium, Leading & Learning Conference, Red Deer, Alberta Canada



  • Celebration of Teaching & Learning, New York NY: March 5
  • ASCD, San Antonio TX: March 7
  • CILC.org, Webcast: March 9
  • MassCUE, Worcester MA:  March 11
  • Going Global Conference, London UK: March 25
  • New Brunswick, Canada Webcast: March 25
  • Associazione TreeLLLe, Rome Italy: April 8
  • Merrimack College, Merrimack MA:  April 30
  • Anchorage AK:  May 3
  • New Brunswick webcast: May 5
  • Belmont MA: May 13
  • Future of Education webcast: May 18
  • CILC webcast: May 18
  • P.E.I. Canada: June 5
  • NW OH webcast: August 5
  • RNDGE Canada webcast: August 6
  • Evergreen School, Denver CO:  September 1
  • Hebron Academy, ME webcast:  September 2
  • Lagrange IL webcast: September 7
  • Future of Education webcast:  September 7
  • St Joseph Preparatory, Philadelphia PA webcast:  October 4
  • Cal State U. Long Beach, CA webcast: October 8
  • PBL conference,  Weston Massachusetts: October 12
  • Oivalla Helsinki Finland: October 19
  • Educamp, Moscow Russia webcast: October 19
  • Learning 2010 conference, Orlando FL:  October 25
  • NSF ATE Conference, Washington DC: October 28


  • iCTLT Singapore (ISTE and MOE), Singapore: March 5
  • Fresno Pacific University, Librarian Leadership Day: March 12
  • ATPE State Convention, Austin TX: March 26
  • Conference Board Global Business and Education Conference, Washington DC: April 8
  • NSBA Annual Conference, Chicago: April 12
  • My 21st Century Classroom, County Office of Education, Santa Clara, CA : April 22
  • Wisconsin Education Service Center, Webcast:  April 23
  • The Conference Board, Webcast: May 6
  • CNY21 OCM BOCES, Syracuse, NY: July 13-15
  • Innovations Institute at RAFT,  San Jose, CA: July 16
  • National Guild for Community Arts Education,  San Francisco, CA: November 3-6
  • TIES 2010 Education Technology Conference, Minneapolis, MN: December 4-7

Looking forward to seeing you there !

UK’s Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce features new article by Bernie and Charles on Workshift 3.0


“A game of Skills” featured on the front cover of the RSA journal (summer 2012 issue); “Tactics for Success” says the article.  Bernie and Charles describe what they mean by Workshift 3.0 – the impact of offshoring and automation, and what Education systems can do to adapt. Download it here: A Game of Skills – Tactics for Success Article.

“Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel write that increased connectivity, the trend towards offshoring, the rise of a global workforce and the development of innovative manufacturing techniques are all transforming the way we live and work. What skills do we need to thrive in this changing world?”

Charles featured on the Pearson Foundation’s “Five things I’ve learned” site


The Pearson Foundation has selected fifty global thought leaders of whom it has asked to write about the “Five things I’ve learned”;

See http://www.thefivethings.org/charles-fadel/ and Charles’s text below for your convenience:


1. Humankind is beholden to its zoological evolution, and needs to educate itself for the world it aspires to.

Clannishness (small group belonging) is hardwired, and so is the privileging of short-term reactivity to imminent danger over long-term proactivity to uncertain danger. The logarithmic understanding of numbers (a diminishing scale) is hardwired as well, blinding us to the power of exponentially progressing technologies. The combination of the three factors makes it very hard, but not impossible, for humankind to act in concert, for its own benefit, to solve global challenges (global warming, financial crisis, etc.).

2. Oversimplifications are legion, and emotions are a factor.

“Schools kill creativity”, “Does Google make us stupid?” are press-worthy attention-grabbers, but the realities are more nuanced, for a world that refuses to deal with its nuanced self. Here too, our zoological evolution influences us by privileging the power of the negative over intelligent discourse. Everyone brings in their own biases to an education conversation (this author included), but most often fail to be aware of them as the biases they are.

3. Conversations about education abound with false dichotomies, and absolutist views, that must be transcended.

The lack of a balanced-conversation mindset leads to many OR debates; for instance:

Knowledge vs skills
Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) vs Humanities/Arts
Didactic vs constructivist learning
Formal vs informal learning
All technology or no technology
Character developed at school vs at home

The balanced reality is that these are all AND propositions, working in concert with each other, and reinforcing each other, in a judicious, impactful feedback loop.

4. Awareness, adaptability, creativity and collaboration are the most important 21st century skills.

In a world of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, our abilities to understand ourselves and each other, adapt and innovate out of problems, and work together in doing so, are key to shaping the future we aspire to. A growth, rather than fixed, mindset (per Carol Dweck) is essential in this endeavor, and so is Wisdom, which has not significantly progressed since the Axial Age.

5. It is grand time to act in a world of possibilities—with courage.

Technology is on the march exponentially, and it is a source of disruptions (via automation and offshorability), as well as solutions and incredible new possibilities—if we leverage it rather than trail it. And we need to summon the Courage within our evolved selves to “think globally, act locally” with a combination of “head, hand and heart” to shape the world we want.



Charles announces the Center for Curriculum Redesign


It has become clear that teaching Skills requires answering “What should students learn in the 21st century?” on a deep and broad basis, so that teachers have the time and space necessary for the deep dives via project learning:

  • Knowledge (and what is relevant in an age of search and, soon, artificial intelligence)
  • Skills, as described in our book on this site
  • “Character” (attitudes, behaviors, values)
  • Meta-layer: learning how to learn, interdisciplinarity, etc

The Center for Curriculum Redesign is dedicated to answering the question above and propagating the answers.  Follow its progress and contribute to improving education worldwide.

Q & A on 21st Century Skills

What are 21st century skills?

➢    21st Century Skills are the set of skills students need to succeed in learning, work and life in this century.

➢    To ensure success, students need both deep understanding of the major principles and facts in core subjects (such as math, language, arts, science, history, etc.) and also be able to apply this knowledge to important contemporary themes (such as global awareness, financial, health and environmental literacy, etc.) using a variety of skills, such as:

  • Learning and Innovation Skills (critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation)
  • Digital Literacy Skills (information, media and technology literacy); and
  • Life and Career Skills (initiative and self-direction, leadership, adaptability, etc). Continue reading

Press Release: Learning for Life in Our Times

A practical guide to the learning our students need to thrive in our times

San Francisco, CA – Imagine a classroom where students are exploring the question, “Is nuclear power a good alternative to fossil-fueled power?” One group of students studies Marie Curie’s and others’ early discoveries in the physics of radioactivity, while another group researches how modern nuclear fission and fusion works, and a third analyzes current French politics and policies on nuclear power, including an online discussion of the issues with students in France. With the aid of appropriate digital technologies, the students synthesize and share their findings with each other and propose creative alternatives and possibilities.  Then the entire class holds a debate on the issues in front of parents and members of the community, and posts its findings on the internet for other classes around the world to share in and comment on. Continue reading