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How does the IB Learner Profile and Future Problem Solving align?

Our Future Problem Solving process fulfills a wide variety of education standards, including those measured by the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs around the world. Educators easily tailor our content to meet their ​​specific education system and local requirements as needed. Future Problem Solving’s interdisciplinary program provides teachers with standards-based and skill-based resources to meaningfully engage students while building knowledge and skills.

The International Baccalaureate is a student-centered international education program that prioritizes developing learners who are inquiring, knowledgeable, confident, and caring. IB asks its almost two million students to take ownership of their own learning as they develop future ready skills and go on to make the world a better place.

Alignment with IB Learner Profile

The IB learner profile describes the qualities they hope to develop in all IB students. Future Problem Solving programs support IB students as they develop these skills and traits.

Inquirers

Students learn how to think critically about global issues and their communities. Global issues writers learn to ask the right questions when developing solutions.

Knowledgeable

Learners engage in research related to real-world and interdisciplinary topics.

Thinkers

Core of programming is designed to support students in achieving positive futures through problem solving using critical and creative thinking.

Communicators

Students share their ideas through project based learning in their communities, writing about their plans or hopes for a better future, and through telling creative stories on stage.

Principled

Empowered with critical thinking skills, learners develop a strong sense of self. 

Open-minded

As part of a global organization, students interact with ideas, topics, and people from all walks of life and all parts of the world.

Caring

Students consider the impact of issues at micro and macro levels through research based global issues topics, community project implementation, and creative storytelling. 

Risk-takers

Students not only write, but also create, perform, and take action! Students create real, lasting change through community projects and perform their own stories and action plans for an audience.

Balanced

Students engaged in multiple programs will leave with more advanced literacy skills, strong community connections, and a better understanding of the world around them.

Reflective

Students are empowered to reflect on their own progress as they develop their problem solving skills. Students receive feedback on their progress through rubric-based scoring, evaluator feedback, and self-assessment.

Program Connections

Global Issues

IB asks students to engage with research, investigation, and strong communication skills in preparation for their extended essay. Global issues writers are tasked with researching real world topics, making connections across disciplines, and clearly communicating a plan of action for the future.

Community Projects

Students engaging in community projects will quickly see the connections between their self selected community action project and the requirements for IB’s CAS project. Student agency and empowerment are core connections between these two aspects of these organizations.

Creative Writing & Storytelling

Just as IB wants students to go on to make the world a better place, Future Problem Solving asks students to envision this in creative storytelling. Through research and preparation, students present these ideas in writing, on a stage, or both. Both of these time-tested organizations equip learners with the skills needed to make a positive future a reality.

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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.