Future of Learning
July 29-August 1
If you would like information on the 2014 session, please request a brochure and we will let you know when the program opens for enrollment.
What You Will Learn
Understand how societal changes and technological advancements in the early 21st century affect educational practice and the way students learn.
All educators need to understand how changes in our societies 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, with unprecedented amounts of online information? How can educators best integrate emerging research on learning and biology?
Future of Learning invites educators to examine what, where and how children and adults should learn in order to thrive in a dynamic world. 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.
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.
Veronica Boix Mansilla is Principal Investigator for Project Zero at HGSE. Mansilla’s research 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.
2013 Faculty Included
Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education and Senior Co-Director of Project Zero at HGSE. For the last 13 years in collaboration with psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, William Damon, and other researchers at Project Zero, Gardner has been engaged in a study of Good Work; work that is at once excellent in quality and also responsive to the needs of broader society. The project is now working with young people in secondary schools and colleges in an effort to nurture good work. Gardner's most recent books are: Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons and Five Minds for the Future. With several colleagues, he recently published Responsibility at Work.
David Perkins, Professor of Education and Senior Co-Director of Project Zero at HGSE. His newest book is King Arthur's Round Table: How Collaborative Conversations Create Smart Organizations. He is also the author of The Eureka Effect, Smart Schools, Outsmarting IQ, Knowledge as Design and several other books and many articles. He has helped develop instructional programs and approaches for teaching understanding and thinking, including initiatives in Sweden, South Africa, Israel, and Latin America. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow.
Future of Learning is a registration program. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment is due within 30 days of acceptance into the program. If acceptance into the program falls less than 30 days prior to program start date, payment is due upon acceptance.
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. Detailed program information and accommodation options will be provided to all admitted participants. The Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred. We recommend that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program.
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.
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.
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.