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How does 21st Century Learning align with Future Problem Solving?

Our Future Problem Solving process fulfills a wide variety of education standards, including those highlighted by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) in their P21 framework. Around the world, educators easily tailor our content to support students as they learn to think and gain the skills they need to succeed in work and life.

21st Century skills are the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work and life. Developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), the P21 framework recognizes that all learners need educational experiences to build knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world. Students use 21st Century Learning skills throughout the Future Problem Solving process.

Alignment with P21 Framework

Students in Future Problem Solving become adept at the skills defined by the P21 Framework in learning & innovation; information, media & technology; and life & career skills.

Creativity and innovation

Students create new stories, ideas, and plans through research about global topics or action research within their communities.

Critical thinking and problem solving

Students engage in problem-solving in all our programs.

Communication and collaboration

Students communicate their ideas with many audiences, through stories, performances, exhibitions, and writing.

Information literacy

Students learn to use advanced research skills in preparation for writing and competition.

Media literacy

Students create multimedia products to share their projects with their communities.

Flexibility and adaptability

Students adapt the 6-step problem-solving process to many situations: both real and imagined.

Initiative and self-direction

Students work collaboratively and individually to measure their own success and reflect on their own learning.

Social and cross-cultural skills

Students learn about and from diverse sources of media and interact with a global community at our world finals.

Productivity and accountability

Students are accountable to their teams and communities as they engage in our programs.

Leadership and responsibility

Students act with local contexts in mind as they work to implement action plans addressing community issues.

Program connections

Global Issues

Through research and exploration, students increase their global awareness of culture and real-world issues.

Community Projects

Students learn to work collaboratively with community partners, increasing leadership and cross-cultural skills.

Creative Writing & Storytelling

Students develop narratives about possible futures, grounded in research, and present to many audiences, supporting their growth as creative and innovative thinkers.

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April Michele

April Michele Bio

Executive Director

A seasoned educator, April Michele has served as the Executive Director since 2018 and been with Future Problem Solving more than a decade. Her background in advanced curriculum strategies and highly engaging learning techniques translates well in the development of materials, publications, training, and marketing for the organization and its global network. April’s expertise includes pedagogy and strategies for critical and creative thinking and providing quality educational services for students and adults worldwide.

Prior to joining Future Problem Solving, April taught elementary and middle grades, spending most of her classroom career in Gifted Education. She earned the National Board Certification (NBPTS) as a Middle Childhood/Generalist and later served as a National Board Assessor for the certification of others. She was trained and applied the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Humanities, which helped widen the educational scope and boundaries beyond the U.S. In addition, April facilitated the Theory and Development of Creativity course for state level certification of teachers. She has also collaborated on a variety of special projects through the Department of Education.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the University of South Florida with a master’s in Gifted Education, April’s passion is providing a challenging curriculum for 21st century students so they are equipped with the problem solving and ethical leadership skills they need to thrive in the future. As a board member in her local Rotary Club, she facilitates problem solving in leadership at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College.