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How do PISA and Future Problem Solving align?

Our Future Problem Solving process fulfills a wide variety of education standards. Educators easily tailor Future Problem Solving content to meet their ​​specific education system and local requirements as needed.
The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment that measures student skills in reading, math, and science literacy. The PISA also measures cross-curricular competencies, such as collaborative problem solving.

Alignment to PISA standards

Future Problem Solving programs require students to develop strong literacy, critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills, aligning with components of the PISA.

Reading literacy

Students read widely from a diverse range of sources about real-world issues and their communities.

Creative thinking

Students develop creative thinking through writing creative narratives, designing imagined futures, and creating solutions for their communities.

Global competence

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

Problem solving

Students engage in our 6-step problem-solving process in order to achieve positive change for the future.

Program connections

Future Problem Solving supports the acquisition of academic skills measured by the PISA,  as well as critical and creative thinking, research and analysis, and problem solving.

Global Issues

Through research and exploration of real-world issues, students develop their reading and literacy skills..

Community Projects

Students develop global competence as they learn to work collaboratively with community partners, increasing leadership and cross-cultural skills.

Creative Writing and 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.