October 13, 2017
Four Points by Sheraton, 1125 Boston Providence Turnpike Norwood, MA

This workshop is full! We will not be accepting any more registrations.

Schools across the country are shifting the balance between content and competency, giving more weight to the development of competencies that enable lifelong learners who are adaptable to a rapidly changing world.

This workshop will outline the case to make subject-area silos more porous and embrace interdisciplinary, competency-based curricular structures. Teams of faculty members, academic deans, department heads, and/or other administrators from the same school are encouraged to attend. This workshop will include time dedicated to working in school-based teams to develop an Action Plan and identify challenges and opportunities for your school to move forward on its journey towards curricular reform.

Learn from two global leaders in the curriculum redesign movement, Charles Fadel & Patricia Russell, presenting together for the first time.

8:30 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 – 12:00 pm “The Why and the What of Curriculum Redesign
by Charles Fadel, Founder, Center for Curriculum Redesign
12:00 – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 pm “The Mastery Transcript Consortium: What is it and why is it important” by Patricia Russell
1:30 – 3:30 pm Doing the Work (team-based Action Plan Development)

“The Why and What of Curriculum Redesign”
Throughout the morning, Charles Fadel will lead attendees through an exploration of the impetus for a change to our curriculum, as described in his book “Four-Dimensional Education.” Attendees will receive a copy of this book. Fadel will highlight how the 4DEdu model, developed by the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR), allows schools to infuse their curriculum with 21st century skills, character, and meta-learning competencies in both content and pedagogy. Fadel will explain how to modernize content and make disciplines more porous, while also allowing for deep dives within specialized content areas. Key questions answered include:

  • Why should schools redesign their curriculum?
  • What can schools do to redesign their curriculum?
    • What constitutes essential and modern knowledge in an information age with rapid advances in the fields of search and artificial intelligence?
    • How do you embed interdisciplinarity?
    • How do you blend both knowledge and competencies?

“The Mastery Transcript Consortium: What is it and why is it important”
The Mastery Transcript Consortium is a group of secondary schools that have come together to influence changes in the college preparation and admission process. Specifically the MTC is working to redesign the high school transcript to free up schools to undertake the real work of redesigning their curriculum for authenticity without having to constrain the curriculum to satisfy outdated requirements. While the MTC is currently open exclusively to secondary schools, the shift to a competency-based structure can be embraced by all schools.

Doing the Work: Attendees will have the opportunity to work in school-based teams, with guidance and support from the presenters, to assess their current curriculum and philosophy and develop an Action Plan to guide future work at their school.


Charles Fadel, Founder and Chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign

Patricia Russell, Interim Executive Director, Mastery Transcript Consortium

Audience: This workshop is designed for administrators and teacher-leaders who are responsible for curriculum documentation and assessment.

AISNE member: $225 per person; $195 per person when three or more people register at the same from the same school.
Non-AISNE member: $350 per person

Refund Policy:
Cancellations received on or before Sept. 29th will receive a 50% refund. No refunds for cancellations after Sept. 29th. Substitutions from the same school are always accepted.

This workshop is full! We will not be accepting any more registrations.

About the Presenters

Charles Fadel

Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and author, futurist and inventor; founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign; visiting scholar at Harvard GSE; chair of the education committee at BIAC/OECD; co-author of “Four-Dimensional Education” (available in nine languages) and best-selling “21st Century Skills”; founder and president of the Fondation Helvetica Education (Geneva, Switzerland); senior fellow at The Conference Board. He has worked with education systems and institutions in more than thirty countries. He was formerly Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, visiting scholar at MIT ESG, and angel investor with Beacon Angels. He holds a BSEE, an MBA, and seven patents. Full Bio at: http://curriculumredesign.org/about/team/#charles

Patricia Russell

Patricia Claire Russell brings significant experience and talents to the MTC including from her long tenure at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. She is a veteran science teacher, science division head, residential dean, and most recently, dean of studies at Andover. Trish has been a strong advocate for and project-based and connected learning, integration of community engagement, varied pedagogies and assessment modes across the curriculum. She is currently on a year-long leave of absence from her work at Andover to help launch the MTC. Full Bio at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricia-c-russell-493b4028/