Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
Welcome to the second volume of Future Forwards. In the first volume, we shared the paradigms, ideas,
and practices that have resulted from our drive to create sustainable innovations that ensure relevant
learning for students at the American School of Bombay. We’re starting to see the shape of sustainable
innovation in schools; how trends in the world lead to trends for relevant schooling, how prototyping
leads to innovations that meet human needs, and how new innovations shift mindsets. There is no silver
bullet for innovation. There is only the everyday work of challenging our own status quo, and doing the
Recently, we’ve honed our own mission to read: The Research and Development Department explores,
studies, prototypes, researches, and scales new teaching and learning approaches, practices, and systems
that advance relevant learning in an accelerating change environment. Sustainable innovation is
challenging one’s own status quo and doing the work to bring that challenge to the culture of the school.
Edison said, “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.” We think the same can
be said for schools. Show me a thoroughly satisfied school or a school that prides itself on a tradition of
excellence, and you’re looking at what will eventually be a failure in these accelerating times.
Some of these ways will seem small, like sharing books, sharing ideas, and having conversations. Some of
these ways will seem bigger like balancing the school calendar or researching and developing a library for
the future. But there are no big or small ways in sustainable innovation. There is only the culture of
constructive discontent. Of being unsatisfied like Edison with anything short of completing a worthwhile
mission, or delivering on a vision that results in the thriving of our students.
As you read through the paradigms, ideas, and practices of this second volume of Future Forwards, you
will see evidence of the many hands and minds at work everyday at ASB to challenge our status quo. We
also hope you will find a way to join our culture and connect with the paradigms, ideas, and practices that
lead you to explore the frontiers of education where you are, or through engaging and connecting with
Here’s to wishing you a productively dis-satisfying summer!
Craig Johnson Shabbi Luthra
Superintendent Director of Research & Development