Professional Education

Future of Learning

July 29-August 1

Tuition: $2,400

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What You Will Learn

Understand how our dynamic global, digital and knowledge-rich societies of the early 21st century are transforming learning and calling for relevant innovations in educational practice.

Program Overview

All educators in the early 21st century need to be responsive to changes in our societies that are transforming the lives of young people around the world. Globalization, the digital revolution and advancements in our understanding of human biology, all present new opportunities and challenges. How can schools prepare students for increasingly diverse and global futures? What is worth teaching, when unprecedented amounts of information are available online and new digital learning styles are on the rise?  How can educators improve their practice drawing on emerging research on learning and the mind/brain?  

Future of Learning invites educators to examine what, where and how children and adults should learn in order to thrive in a dynamic world. It invites leaders and practitioners across educational contexts to reflect about the purpose of education in the early 21st century and envision practical ways to promote relevant, deep and engaging learning for all. When teachers embrace learning for the future, they nurture expert thinking, collaboration and entrepreneurship. They foster intercultural understanding, environmental stewardship and global citizenship. They invite students to understand complex problems, create quality work and express themselves through traditional and new media—ultimately preparing students to live ethical and reflective lives in rapidly changing environments.

Program Objectives

The program focuses on four fundamental questions:

  • What do we know about globalization, the digital revolution and mind/brain research? What is their influence on learning and education?
  • How should we rethink the "what," "who" and "how" of learning as a result of these changes or forces?
  • What should be done differently to meet the demands of the future of learning in practice?
  • What consequences do these educational changes have for learners and societies? What is our role as responsible 21st century educators? 

Who Should Attend

  • Practicing teachers, curriculum designers, administrators and educators developing instructional materials and technologies
  • Post-secondary educators and teacher educators
  • Professionals working in informal education settings such as museums, NGOs and foundations 
  • Previous Project Zero Classroom attendees

Fluency in English is mandatory for participation. Click here for details about this requirement.

Faculty Chair

Veronica Boix Mansilla is Principal Investigator for Project Zero at HGSE. Mansilla’s research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary significance—globalization, climate change and migration. She is the author of Educating for Global Competence; Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World and Teaching for Interdisciplinary Understanding in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.


Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education; Senior Co-director, Project Zero, HGSE

David Perkins, Professor of Education; Senior Co-director, Project Zero, HGSE

Enrollment Instructions

Future of Learning is a registration program. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 


The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction.

Payment or a purchase order is due 30 days after registration. If acceptance into the program falls less than 30 days prior to program start date, payment is due upon acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


Hotel accommodations are made available to participants at a reduced rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

English Fluency Requirement

Fluent knowledge of spoken and written English is essential for successful participation in Future of Learning.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education requires all students whose native language is not English, or whose bachelor’s degree is not from a college or university where English is the language of instruction, to have scores of at least 100 TOEFL IBT (250 TOEFL CBT). Since Future of Learning requires an English proficiency level equivalent to the graduate level, we expect all participants to meet this standard.

Participants deemed to have insufficient English fluency to successfully participate in the program may not be awarded a certificate of completion or clock hour letter. We also reserve the right to limit your participation to language appropriate activities. Refunds will not be available in these cases.

Required English Proficiency Guidelines >>

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Harvard Graduate School of Education affirms the right of all individuals to equal treatment in education without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, handicap, national origin, or any other factors that are extraneous to effective performance. The Harvard Graduate School of Education will accommodate anyone with disabilities.