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What does a Global Issues booklet look like?

In the Global Issues program, participants read a provided futuristic scenario based on one of the competition topics for that year. After reading, participants work through our 6-step problem-solving process. In competitive settings, there are two hours to write all six steps.

Registered participants in established regional programs will be provided booklets or access to FPSOnline for competition. Participants who are not typing their work into FPSOnline, usually choose between typing on a collaborative digital document or handwriting. The booklets attached to this article can be downloaded and used for practice, or by affiliates as they choose.

Team or Individual

Global Issues teams and individuals both complete all six steps within the two hour competition time. Teams write more challenges and solutions in steps one and three, and rank more solutions in step five, than individuals.

Step 116 challenges8 challenges
Step 21 underlying problem1 underlying problem
Step 316 solutions8 solutions
Step 45 criteria5 criteria
Step 58 ranked solutions5 ranked solutions
Step 61 discussion of criteria & action plan1 discussion of criteria & action plan

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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.