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Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Six internationally recognized Global Teacher Prize finalists have authored a new book ( Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice; Routledge, March 2018) in which they share their vision and strategies for an education system that matches the needs of the future. View more here:

The Global Search for Education: Yes They’re Ready to Teach in the Fourth Industrial Revolution!

Welcome to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It’s a complex, volatile, ever-changing world where we have already witnessed fundamental shifts in the way we live. Given this extraordinary period of societal change, what will this mean for teaching? How should teachers equip learners with the competencies and mindset to approach learning as being life-long? How can education equip learners with agency to shape their own lives and contribute to the lives of their communities?

The Global Search for Education is pleased to welcome co-authors Armand Doucet, Jelmer Evers, Koen Timmers, Michael Soskil, Elisa Guerra Cruz and Nadia Lopez.   

How can education lead us through an unknown future to a place of peace and prosperity?

Michael Soskil: Only by keeping education rooted in human relationships and empathy can we meet thegreat challenges on the horizon.Our students are craving the opportunity to make a difference and shape theplanet they will inherit from us. Our global society faces dangers of inequity inside and outside our schools. If we are to realize the peaceful and prosperous vision of the future we desire, a focus on equity through and within our educational systems must be one of our main driving forces.Ever widening inequity will be one of the gravest threats to the health of our future society.

How does a good teacher prepare her students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Nadia Lopez: Teachers must be life-long learners. Teaching is not just about preparing students for a particular workforce, but to also become agents of change that have a positive influence within humanity. When we teach girls that they can be entrepreneurs, architects, computer scientists, and engineers, then we begin to dismantle the stereotypes that limit them from pursuing any and every career. Education can build bridges across the globe and we can learn from one another.

What are some of the key take aways from your research in Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution with other teachers?

Elisa Guerra Cruz: Children need the artistic touch of human connection to reach their unique potential. Even in environments devoid of technology, excellent pedagogy is still leading to astonishing student learning outcomes. True educational success lies in a system that meets the needs of the individual, with or without the use of technology.

You write about the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution requiring a shift to holistic education. What are the steps we must take to accomplish that?

Michael Soskil: We need a shift in focus from accountability measures based on standardized test scores toward metrics that take into account universal access to quality teachers and learning environments, robust curricula that include the arts, as well as student engagement and well-being. Passionate teachers having professional discussions about what is best for kids leads to a better education system.Each individual student is a new independent and constantly changing variable in an ever-changing context.

You talk about “flipping the system” that is changing education from the ground up. How do we do it?

Jelmer Evers: It will take professionalism and also activism by teachers to help build those new systems. We need to embrace a new paradigm: the networked teacher.We need to build our classrooms, schools and educational systems based on the principlesof collaboration and trust.We need to be aware as teachers how global forces influence our classrooms. Students need to be invested in what they learn.

You talk about the learner profile (Teach ME) as a practical guide to allow teachers to introduce a holistic approach to learning. What are some of the key drivers?

Armand Doucet: Teachers need to evolve from simply delivering traditional knowledge towards designing lessons that develop literacies, competencies and character. Society needs to be as concerned with the education of our teachers as we are with the education of our students.As educators, our responsibility is not solely to create the next workforce; it is to help raise the next generation of citizens.

True personalization involves more than content being chosen for students by algorithms. A few thoughts on how tech and traditional learning will co-exist?

Armand Doucet: Without great pedagogy, technology integration is worthless. Passion is what engages and empowers students.Schools have timetables; learning does not.

Koen Timmers:Technology is a pedagogical catalyst. It can make good classroom practices great, and it canmake bad classroom practices even worse.

What’s the key take away you want other teachers to have from your book?

Koen Timmers: Education is a human right. Everyone, everywhere has a need and the right to qualityEducation.As the world continues to become more globalized and interconnected, the ability to understand diverse perspectives and work with those that have divergent worldviews will become increasingly important.

Armand Doucet Jelmer Evers: Education should be at the core of any proposed solutions, and teachers must play an integral part in shaping them. Teaching is not an exact science, because, quite simply, humans are involved.Rather than passively wait for history to take its course, or to succumb before the inevitable shifts that come ahead, we want to inspire educators and the society in full to make active decisions and take whatever roads we need so as to guarantee that every child in the world has the opportunity to thrive.As we enter a new age of Renaissance in education, it is key that in each educational jurisdiction, we align our vision to what is truly happening in the classroom.

Michael Soskil Sr.

 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year
 Newfoundland PA United States

Michael Soskil, the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Teacher of   the Year is determined to make learning meaningful for   every child and to empower others as positive change   agents in their communities. He is a recipient of the US   Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a two-time finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, and was named one of the top 10 teachers in the world in 2016. As an elementary science teacher he inspires students to use learning to make the world a better place.

 Keon Timmers

 Koen is a Belgian lecturer, researcher, author, speaker and Global Teacher   Prize 2017 and 2018 finalist. He is passionate about technology enhanced and   collaborative learning. In   2015 he launched the Kakuma project in which 100 global educators offer free education to African refugees via Skype. He also launched global educational projects involving 250 schools over 69 countries, in which students focus on UN SDGs. 


 Elisa Guerra

 Colegio Valle de Filadelfia
 Aguascalientes Ags Mexico

A passionate teacher and leader, Elisa Guerra has founded 9 schools in 3 countries, authored 25 books and textbooks, and trained thousands of teachers in persona and online. Named “Best Educator in Latin America” by IDB in 2015, her innovative approach to learning was profiled in a documentary by Al Jazeera, "Rebel Education – México: The Power of Early Education" in 2017. She was a Top 50 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize in both 2016 and 2016.

 Nadia Lopez

 Mott Hall Bridges Academy
 Brooklyn, New York, United States

Founding Principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, Dr. Nadia Lopez's work in education has a global impact that has led her to an appearance on the Ellen Show and a visit to the White House with President Obama. In 2015 a HONY fundraiser raised $1.4 million to sponsor field trips and scholarships for her scholars. Dr. Lopez has spoken at notable universities, including Harvard and Yale, delivered a TED Talk on 'The Education Revolution’, and authored a memoir 'The Bridge To Brilliance'.

 Armand Doucet

 Dieppe NB Canada

Armand Doucet is a visionary, award-winning educator, social entrepreneur and business professional. A sought-after leader, inspirational speaker, author, columnist and blogger in multiple field, Armand is also a two-time Ironman athlete and successful coach in many sports. 

 Jelmer Evers

 The Neterlands

Jelmer is a history teacher in the Netherlands and is involved in national and international policy. He has received several awards and was nominated twice for the Global Teacher Prize in 2015 and 2016. In 2013, he edited an influential book called Het Alternatief (The Alternative) In 2015, a new international book called Flip the System: Changing education from the ground up was published worldwide. Several national spin-offs have been published or are in the works. He is co-founder of TEN Global: a new global teacher network with Education International.

Routledge Books by Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Authors

  • Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Standing at the Precipice

    By Armand Doucet, Jelmer Evers, Elisa Guerra, Dr Nadia Lopez, Michael Soskil, Koen Timmers

    In this visionary book, written by six internationally recognized Global Teacher Prize finalists, the authors create a positive and hope-filled template for the future of education. They address the hard moral, ethical and pedagogical questions facing education today so that progress can serve…

    Paperback – 2018-02-19

  • Flip the System

    Changing Education from the Ground Up

    Edited by Jelmer Evers, René Kneyber

    Education is threatened on a global scale by forces of neoliberalism, through high stakes accountability, privatization and a destructive language of learning. In all respects, a GERM (Global Education Reform Movement) has erupted from international benchmark rankings such as PISA, TIMMS and PIRL,…

    Paperback – 2015-07-02

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Book Reviews

"The Global Teacher Prize is a one million dollar prize that is awarded to one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. It was set up to shine a spotlight on the profession in order to celebrate the important role teacher’s play in society. By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize brings to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world. In this book, some of our leading finalists give us their unique insights into how we can teach the next generation to flourish in a world that will be revolutionized by artificial intelligence, automation and new communication technologies.

If we are to recognize the contribution of the world's teachers, we must seize every possible opportunity to give them a voice. Teachers point and guide the way, opening young people's hearts and minds, whilst preparing them for the opportunities and threats that the future will bring. Through spreading teachers’ very different stories about how they light the spark of curiosity, we can help give the gift of a good education to every child."

Sunny Varkey, Founder of the Varkey Foundation and The Global Teacher Prize, UAE.

"The big picture of change – why education matters, what its purpose should be, how this can be done in a rapidly changing world - is usually owned & controlled by academics and policy-makers. Teachers are left with lots of little pictures of things to do and implement in their own classes. From some of the world’s best and most recognized classroom teachers, this book shows how and why teachers must also understand and own the big pictures of change about social justice, peace, democracy, innovation and sustainability – and make these things come true in every class with every child. This is a truly uplifting book by great teachers who are also public intellectuals."

Andy Hargreaves,Thomas More Brennan Chair, Lynch School of Education at Boston College, USA.

"As our world becomes increasingly complex and divided, our need to foster communities that are healthier, more empathetic, and embrace our shared humanity has never been greater. The authors, among the most highly recognized educators in the world, give us a path forward to achieve this goal. Combining research with compelling narratives, this book demonstrates how education that is rooted in humanity can help foster a new generation of leaders--leaders who adopt a sense of responsibility to other human beings and can act on our collective power to solve society’s biggest challenges. This is a must read for educators and for anyone who has an interest in creating a better and kinder future."

Daniel Lubetzky, CEO and Founder at KIND and Empatico, Mexico.

"This is a moment in time. How do we prepare students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Written by some of the world's most outstanding educators, Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice is an insightful work on how to help students thrive. An invaluable resource for the world's educators."

C. M. Rubin, Founder, The Global Search for Education, USA.

"Those who write about education tend either to celebrate or to castigate the disruptive aspects of technology. In this collection of essays, thoughtful educators reflect on how best to combine the powerful potential of the new technologies with the valuable, indeed irreplaceable qualities of excellent human teachers."

Howard Gardner,John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, USA.

"Education is more than the communication of information, it is the impartation of wisdom, birthed by experience, to the next generation. Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution opens a window beyond academics, into real life."

Dr. A. R. Bernard, Founder and Senior Pastor, Christian Cultural Center, USA.

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Foreword: Klaus Schwab, @WEF

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