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What is the FPS Experience?

The FPS Experience is a workshop for novice students (grades 4-12) who wish to attend International Conference and experience the event and learn more about Global Issues and the 6-step problem-solving process. This is not for those already enrolled in a competition at the International Conference. Students registered for this experience will have access to all non-competitive events and activities including the following:

  • Opening Ceremony
  • All Sessions and Workshops
  • Community Projects Showcase
  • Action Plan Presentations Competition
  • Memento Exchange
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Dance/Social Events
  • Awards Ceremony

This experience is non-competitive and geared toward the six-step Global Issues problem-solving process only. Students will attend the session in order to explore critical and creative thinking strategies, to respond to a future scene, and to write a booklet with expert guidance from facilitators. This workshop will provide instruction and interactive activities for students new to the Future Problem Solving process and those looking to improve their problem-solving skills.

Spaces for this workshop are limited. Coaches or parents of these students are invited
to attend as the student’s chaperone and participate in the session.

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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.