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Charles Fadel

Speaker Charles Fadel education technology and policy speaker

Speaker:

CHARLES FADEL

A global education thought leader and expert, author, futurist and inventor

Speech Topics Include:

21st Century Education: Knowledge, Skills, Character, Metacognition

Character Education for the 21st Century: from school, to work, to life

21st Century Skills: Why, What and How

STEM and 21st Century Skills

Education Technology

Neuroscience of Education


His work spans the continuum of Schools, Higher Education, and Workforce Development/Lifelong Learning. Speaker Charles Fadel’s previous work experience includes twelve years at Cisco Systems as Global Education Lead.

Charles is a highly sought-after keynoter/presenter at national and international conferences and events as varied as OECD, UNESCO, World Bank, Gates Foundation, National Science Foundation, World Future Society, NY Times Schools of Tomorrow, International Baccalaureate, ERB, SSATB, ACT, Learning & the Brain, British Council, CEA-ACE, Google TechTalk, etc.

He has contributed to and has been featured by media such as National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Huffington Post, eSchool News, Education Week, University Business, Technology & Learning, and many others.

He has co-authored a best-selling book titled “21st Century Skills – Learning for Life in our Times” (Wiley) also available in mandarin Chinese, Korean and Russian. More recently, “Deeper Learning” has also been published featuring thoughts on the impact of technology on education standards.

Charles consults very selectively with high-potential jurisdictions, schools, universities, corporations and foundations around the world. He has worked with a wide variety of education ministries and organizations in Massachusetts, Canada (Federal, and Provinces), France, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the Dominican Republic, to name a few, and has contributed to education projects in more than thirty countries.

Charles has been awarded five patents on video, content, and communication technologies.  He holds a bachelor of science in electronics with course concentration in quantum and solid-state physics and a minor in neuroscience, and a master of business administration in international marketing.

Speaker Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and expert, author, futurist and inventor, with several affiliations:

  • Founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign (Boston, Massachusetts).
  • Founder and President of the Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland).
  • Visiting practitioner at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in the Mind, Brain and Education program.
  • Senior fellow, human capital at The Conference Board.
  • Vice-chair of the Education committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), nominated by the US Chamber of International Business (USCIB).

Speaker Charles Fadel

21st Century Education: Knowledge, Skills, Character, Metacognition

The world of the 21st century bears little resemblance to that of the 19th century, so education curricula must be deeply redesigned for the four dimensions of Knowledge, Skills, Character and Metacognition, and the interplay between them.

 

Character Education for the 21st Century: from school, to work, to life

There is a renewed societal and individual need to learn both moral and performance character qualities, at both inter-personal and intra-personal levels.  Discover why the six essential qualities are: mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience ethics and leadership, and how to apply them.

 

21st Century Skills: Why, What and How

Explains the rationale behind the emphasis on 21st Century Skills (the 4 C’s” Creativity, Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration), the description of what the skills are, and gives practical advice for policymakers, administrators, and teachers.

 

STEM and 21st Century Skills

Describes how to rethink STEM curricula in the context of 21st century skills, with a special emphasis on Creativity and Critical Thinking, while stressing the importance of re-balancing curriculum towards more Technology and Engineering.  The continuing criticality of Humanities/Arts is also stressed.

 

Education Technology

Honestly assesses, without hype, where Technology has been proven to work/not work in Education, to direct efforts towards more promising uses of EdTech. The survey ranges from calculators and television all the way to 1-1 laptops and immersive technologies.

 

Neuroscience of Education

Tackling the false dichotomy of Skills or Knowledge, makes the neuroscience case for how deep Knowledge acquisition (generalization) actually benefits from a Skills-centered approach. Skills and Knowledge are intertwined in a feedback loop that benefits both.