Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Facing the Future is an international leader whose mission is to create tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future. To accomplish this, we develop core subject and interdisciplinary curriculum that highly engages students, promotes critical thinking, motivates students to get involved in their communities, and introduces them to the complex global issues of our time. We also provide professional development for classroom teachers and consulting for schools and districts. Visit Our Approach to learn more about our work.
What types of resources does Facing the Future offer?
Facing the Future offers a wide variety of curriculum resources for use in K-12 classrooms. In some cases our curriculum is also appropriate for colleges of education, community college courses and undergraduate teaching. Our resources are designed to highly engage even the most reluctant learner, while at the same time introducing students to critical global issues and the skills required for success in the 21st Century. Facing the Future resources include both interdisciplinary and subject-specific materials.
For what grade levels are Facing the Future resources designed?
Facing the Future materials are available for K-12 teachers, teachers in colleges of education, and for some community college and undergraduate classes. Browse our curriculum by grade level and subject in our online store.
Who uses Facing the Future resources and how do they use them?
In 2010 more than 1.6 million students in every U.S. state and more than 140 countries benefited from Facing the Future curriculum, including virtually every subject area and grade level. Over three quarters of the educators using our curriculum teach in public schools. Facing the Future resources are also used in independent schools, home schooling, non-formal education, and college courses. Teachers use Facing the Future materials for anything from a one-day lesson to an entire course. Teachers integrate Facing the Future curricular resources into math, science, environmental science, ESL/ELL, literacy, and social studies courses.
In what ways does your curriculum align with educational standards?
Facing the Future curriculum materials are aligned with Common Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Facing the Future materials also are aligned to most state standards frameworks.
How does your curriculum engage students?
Facing the Future curriculum resources are designed to actively engage students by providing them with opportunities to think critically about real world issues. Our lesson plans are intended to promote inquiry-based, learner-centered strategies. For example, students often are prompted to collaborate in small groups, to choose and defend a position, or to consider how their lives connect to issues of global importance. Visit our Student Engagement and Achievement page to learn more about our survey results.
How does Facing the Future engage students in service learning and community action?
All of Facing the Future’s materials are intended to help increase students’ capacity to become actively engaged in community issues. The curriculum materials include ideas for connecting classroom learning to community action and other forms of civic engagement. Additionally, the teachers guides include step by step strategies to help you design authentic, community-based learning opportunities for your students, develop service learning projects, and to access resources in your community.
What is Facing the Future's bias?
Facing the Future materials employ a positive, solutions-based approach to helping learners develop critical thinking, problem solving, and systems thinking skills that will enable them to effectively engage with the various the various community and global issues we face today.. Students are encouraged to think critically about the way many of the challenges we face in the world today are interconnected. Our goal is to help students learn how to think, not what to think. Facing the Future materials are carefully referenced and include perspectives from across the political spectrum. As a result, Facing the Future’s materials are in use in a wide variety of classrooms in a wide variety of communities.
How does Facing the Future curriculum align with current educational research and best teaching practices?
All Facing the Future curriculum resources are developed for teachers, by teachers, with best teaching and learning practices in mind. The lesson plans and unit plans in our materials promote research validated instructional practices designed to engage all learners, including learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
What process does Facing the Future use to develop new curriculum?
Facing the Future employs a rigorous curriculum development process involving focus groups and personal interviews with educators to learn what would help them in their teaching. All of Facing the Future’s resources are pilot-tested in diverse classroom settings serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and with a variety of learning needs.
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