Not too long ago, the term “innovation” held, for many of us, the connotation of a rarified activity that
belonged to the lone genius, a tech department, a leadership team, or a stable of guest speakers. At the
end of 2013, a book search for “innovation” on Amazon generates over 63,000 results. Innovation is
moving from the hands of the few into the hands of the many.
In 2011, the American School of Bombay created the Research and Development Core Team to research
and develop new teaching and learning approaches, practices, and environments for the 21st century.
R&D Task Forces on topics such as 21st Century Facilities Design, Project-Based Learning to Alternative
School Year Calendars, Library 3.0, and Mobile Learning have resulted in a changed and changing learning
ecosystem at our school.
We’ve seen interest in innovation spread. Our R&D team that started with ten members in 2011 is at
twenty volunteers and growing. Several dozen teachers have participated on R&D Task Forces in the past
two years. Teachers are now seeking to initiate their own research and development of new and
innovative practices. The urge to innovate teaching and learning is becoming part of our school culture.
Sustained, deliberate innovation is an imperative for schools and educators who wish to be relevant to
modern learners. Future Forwards is a collection of the thoughts, processes, practices, and environments
that illustrate our commitment to acting on this belief. We hope that these chapters have encouraged you
to explore the frontiers of education in your school and to take action.
In the spirit of action we invite you to not just read these chapters, but to join us in this work. We would
love to connect, partner, share, create, and network with you to explore new boundaries of “the not yet
possible” in education. Here’s to the future!
Craig Johnson Shabbi Luthra
Superintendent Director of Research & Development