Future of Education

Resources from CFM

  • Building the Future of Education: Museums and the Learning Ecosystem. (PDF, 60 pages). This report summarizes the content and shares ideas coming out of a convening organized in September, 2013 by the Alliance and The Henry Ford. Essays by educators, students, researchers and reformers explore how leaders from the worlds of education and museums can work together to integrate the nation’s assets into a Vibrant Learning Grid. Produced with the support of the Robert and Toni Bader Foundation.

  • Museums and the Future of Education (PDF, 9 pages). This paper, co-authored by CFM director Elizabeth Merritt and Scott Kratz, vice president for education at the National Building Museum, provides an overview of educational innovation in a broad cross section of U.S. museums, citing selected examples.
  • Museum are the Future of Education (video, 30 minutes). In this keynote address, delivered at Museums Advocacy Day 2013, CFM director Elizabeth Merritt makes the case that we are on the cusp of transformative change in the U.S. learning landscape, and that museums have the opportunity, through advocacy and action, to help create a more equitable and successful educational system in which they play a starring role.
  • Exploring the Educational Future (PDF, 8 pages). This article by CFM director Elizabeth Merritt includes a short scenario of the future, titled “A Learning Day 2037” that dramatizes one potential future of learning through the story of Moya, a young girl growing up in a walled community that has opted for self-directed learning. This article is published in Journal of Museum Education, Volume 37, Number 3. Included by permission of Maney Publishing. 
  • TrendsWatch 2013: Back to the Future (PDF, 42 pages). This edition of TrendsWatch includes a section exploring “The Great Unbundling”—how the proliferation of micro-credentialing systems is fueling the rise of fragmented and distributed systems of learning, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital badging. 

  • TrendsWatch 2012: Museums and the Pulse of the Future (PDF, 26 pages). This report from the CFM includes a section exploring the trends creating a New Educational Era in the U.S., links to examples, comments on what this may mean for society and for museums, and suggests actions museums might want to consider to respond to this trend.

Additional Resources

  • The 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning (website and PDF). Released in 2009, KnowledgeWorks’ 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning identifies six major drivers of change that are giving individuals and organizations an increasing array of options for creating a world of learning that will be very different from today’s system of schooling.
  • Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills. These web resources from the Institute of Museum and Library Services provides material and training on how libraries and museums can help build the skills Americans need. Site links to podcast, transcript and additional resources.
  • New Media Consortium Horizon Project charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, research, creative inquiry, and information management. Resources on their site include forecasting reports for Higher Ed, K-12 and Museums, as well as region-specific Technology Outlooks. 
  • The Mind/Shift blog explores the future of learning in all its dimensions—covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more. It is hosted by the NPR affiliate KQED.
  • The World of Learning Blog is hosted by the KnowledgeWorks Foundation.  It covers innovations in educational innovation, policy and technology.
  • Jesse Moyer, manager, organizational learning and innovation at KnowledgeWorks Foundation tweets and blogs links and commentary on the future of education.
  • U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Statistical Abstract, Education. This section of the abstract presents data primarily concerning formal education as a whole, at various levels, and for public and private schools. Data shown relate to the school-age population and school enrollment, educational attainment, education personnel and financial aspects of education. In addition, data are shown for charter schools, computer usage in schools, distance education and adult education.