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How do the ISTE standards and Future Problem Solving align?

Our Future Problem Solving process fulfills a wide variety of education standards. Teachers can easily tailor Future Problem Solving content to meet their ​​specific education system and local requirements as needed.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) believes that students must be prepared to thrive in an evolving technological landscape. The ISTE Standards for Students guide educators in increasing student voice and choice in their own learning.

Alignment to ISTE Standards for Students

Our students learn skills that align directly to the student section of the ISTE Standards, designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process.

Empowered Learner

Students develop their own learning environments through their program, topic, and project choices.

Digital Citizen

Students engage in research online and learn to honor the intellectual property of others in their competition documentation.

Knowledge Constructor

Students learn from a diverse range of sources as they research real-world issues and implement community projects.

Innovative Designer

Students engage in our 6-step problem-solving process which has many connections to design thinking processes.

Computational Thinker

Students engaged in data collection and analysis during the problem-solving process.

Creative Communicator

Students create promotional and informational materials using digital tools to share their hard work and community projects.

Global Collaborator

Students work collaboratively to engage in research and conversation about real-world issues that impact global communities.

Program connections

Future Problem Solving students create and produce multimedia presentations and use a variety of digital tools in preparation for competition. By engaging in our programming, both students and their coaches develop skills needed to adapt to a more technological future.

Global Issues

Students use digital tools to engage in research to prepare them for competition and to deepen their understanding of real-world issues.

Community Projects

Students create a promotional video to share their project with their community, as well as a portfolio to represent the breadth of their work. Students also use a variety of digital tools to organize and plan their work.

Creative Writing and Storytelling

Students use digital tools to plan and create narratives about an imagined future, based on current events and research of global issues.

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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.