Future Ready Learner Design Process

All4Ed’s Future Ready Schools® and the Readiness Institute at Penn State have partnered to create and launch the new Future Ready Learner Design Process. This free tool, available now, utilizes a human-centered design (HCD) model, which is a people-oriented approach to solving relevant problems and developing action-oriented solutions.

The Future Ready Learner Design Process supports the belief that a high-quality education must be equitably available to all students without exception. School systems must continue to work to improve learning outcomes that offer multiple pathways to success, and graduating from high school must no longer be seen as the end but as a beginning. We must fully prepare every student for work and life success, and this resource aids in that process. Whether envisioning the skills of a future ready first grader, a future ready graduate, or a learner five years post-graduation, this tool will guide teams in intersecting community values with new innovative ideas.

This free tool leverages the various voices, talents, and values of each member of your team (teachers, administrators, learners, parents, community leaders, etc.) and, through a four-step process, empowers them to collaboratively look, understand, and make their unique version of a Future Ready Learner that their school or district community values and aspires to develop. 

Steps of the process include:

  1. Radar Diagramming: Help individuals and teams plot items according to personal significance and value.
  2. Dot Voting: Conduct a vote to reach a consensus about the key areas of focus moving forward.
  3. Showcase Your Customized Future Ready Learner: Design a customized Future Ready Learner profile that represents the values and goals of your school and district communities.
  4. Moving from Essentials to Action:
    • Action 1: Future Ready Learner Ideastorm Matrix: Identify new practical and relevant essentials that intersect distinct categories through the utilization of the FRS framework.
    • Action 2: Future Ready Why?, How?, and What? Matrix: Create an outline to build a shared understanding of essentials in an orderly manner.
    • Action 3: Future Ready Headlines: Develop a shared vision of a Future Ready Learner success story.

For more, see: https://all4ed.org/learner-design-process/