Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
Welcome to the third volume of Future Forwards. The chapters in this volume share the paradigms, ideas,
and practices for sustaining innovation to ensure relevant learning for our students. In considering the
future in their new book, The Reciprocity Advantage, Bob Johansen and Karl Ronn describe the next
decade as a ‘VUCA world on Steroids’ where:
Volatility will call out for Vision
Uncertainty will call out for Understanding
Complexity will call out for Clarity
Ambiguity will call out for Agility
We believe R&D in schools is an innovation that enables schools to sustain relevance in a VUCA world.
R&D is enabling ASB to:
Create compelling visions for our future
Expand our understanding of our learner’s needs
Gather insights that result in clarity for determining directions and making decisions
Develop agility and capacity to take action and meet our learners’ needs.
Halfway through our fourth year of R&D at ASB, work that was once undertaken for the future’s sake has
become incorporated in the present. What was once a report on 21st century school design has become
school buildings, classrooms, and furniture designed to foster learning engagement for our students.
What began as study and research of alternative school-year calendars, has resulted in a revamped school
calendar, an ASB Intersessions program, and a vision and action plans for the future of professional
learning. We are transforming one prototype at a time. However, schools with designs for their future
don’t linger and spend much time looking in the rearview mirror. Their focus is on the road ahead.
In this volume we share essential conditions we have identified and developed for effective R&D in schools.
This has been a crucial process for us, helping us to identify the conditions we must develop, and plans
we must act on, to grow conditions that deepen and sustain the impact of R&D work for our learners.
We hope these conditions and the stories of learning and doing at ASB will nudge, inspire, inform, and
support you to innovate and conspire for your students and your school. What futures will you create?
What visions will you build for your learners? How will you begin to harness your VUCA environment and
the purpose, play, and passion that can exist in your schools to create the future forward?
Shabbi Luthra Scot Hoffman
Director of Research & Development Research & Development Coordinator