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Future-Focused Learning

Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice

With Future-Focused Learning, you will discover ten core shifts of practice, alongside smaller, actionable steps, that will take the great work you are already doing and make it exceptional. Shift instruction to focus on student-centered learning competencies to support critical thinking and digital skills.


  • Study over 50 specific examples of classroom microshifts that make the larger shifts in practice simple to achieve as a collective group.
  • Connect the six essential fluencies—solution fluency, information fluency, creative fluency, media fluency, collaboration fluency, and global digital citizenship—to the shifts of practice that develop students’ key 21st century skills and higher-order thinking.
  • Explore topics in student-centered learning competencies such as project-based learning, essential questions, STEM education, and digital skills.
  • Learn why fostering connections to learning—from improved emotional connections to personalized learning—improve student-centered learning outcomes and higher-order thinking.
  • Improve formative assessment practices to be more mindful, ask the essential questions, and further student engagement by involving them in the assessment process.
  • Access an exclusive online bonus chapter that examines the value of solution fluency across a range of applications.

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Future-Focused Learning


Chapter 1: Essential and Herding Questions
Chapter 2: Connection Through Context and Relevance
Chapter 3: Personalized Learning
Chapter 4: A Challenge of Higher-Order-Thinking Skills
Chapter 5: Information Fluency for Research Skills
Chapter 6: Process-Oriented Learning
Chapter 7: Learning Intentions and Success Criteria
Chapter 8: Learner-Created Knowledge
Chapter 9: Mindful Assessment
Chapter 10: Self- and Peer Assessment
Appendix: Additional Microshift Ideas




  • Crockett, L. W., & Churches, A. (2017). Mindful Assessment: The 6 Essential Fluencies of Innovative Learning. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Crockett, L. W., & Churches, A. (2018). Growing Global Digital Citizens: Better Practices That Build Better Learners. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • O’Neill, J., & Conzemius, A. (2006). The Power of SMART Goals: Using Goals to Improve Student Learning. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Wiliam, D. (2018). Embedded Formative Assessment (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.



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Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 8