Grounded in our college’s core value of Principled Innovation, Learning Futures seeks to offer experiences, develop resources and strategies, and conduct and support research, all aimed at collaborating with education leaders to design what learning can and should look like in the future.

Upcoming events

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Calling young artists, thinkers and leaders! Help us to radically reimagine our approach to education, our relationship with nature and our connection to the living world during this time of climate crisis. Your visions will be shared at COP26 Glasgow and UNESCO’s Futures of Education Summit this fall!

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Project Springboard: reimagining school post COVID

April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9, August 18, 2021

Join Arizona State University and an inspiring group of leaders and experts — including Christina Kishimoto, Pasi Sahlberg, Tony Wagner, Valerie Greenhill and Ted Dintersmith — for a series of 4+1 design studio sessions to help you empower your school or district to set the stage for unparalleled progress as you move from this disrupted school year into the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

Latest blog posts

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July 28, 2021 | | Learning Futures

Policy discussions about learning futures often take place without those who will be living those very futures – that is, without children and youth who are routinely left out of the future visioning exercises and policy making decisions.

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June 11, 2021 | | Learning Futures

What is the role of values and principles in educational leadership? What can we learn from inspirational educational leaders? How did they develop their moral/ethical compass, and more importantly, how do they bring these perspectives to the work that they do?

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May 24, 2021 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

As the U.S. began to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, the calls for schools to find ways to learn from the crisis — to not simply return to the pre-pandemic “normal” — have come from many directions. Yet for schools and educational institutions that have just been through the most challenging year in recent history and are still managing the day-to-day work of running schools and educating students in an ongoing pandemic, this is no simple task.

Resource collections

We’ve compiled select resources into collections to get you started.

Illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo/Slate

This collection of three science fiction short stories, published in collaboration with Slate and New America, explores how learning experiences of all kinds will be shaped by technology and other forces in the future—and the moral, ethical, and social challenges this will entail.

Looking up at the sky from underneath a shade structure of solar panels

This collection of resources introduces the concept of learning futures, why it is important, and how we are approaching it at MLFTC.

An satellite view of the Lena Delta Reserve in Russia

Explore this collection of resources related to reimagining our educational paradigm to create a more sustainable future for all forms of life on Earth.