Teacherpreneurs Mentor Edupunks: Convergence Reshapes Teacher Preparation for Today and the Future

Note: This post is the first in the nine-part series Teacherpreneurs Mentor Edupunks: Convergence Reshapes Teacher Preparation for Today and the Future and written in the vein of peering into Teaching 2030.

The illiterate of the future are not those who can’t read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.

–Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist

         David Wiley, professor of psychology and instructional technology at Brigham Young University, chief openness officer of Flat World Knowledge, and founder of the Open High School of Utah, wrote the following in his blog post University Presidents on “Irrelevance”:

For years I’ve been saying that our nation’s universities must evolve to reflect basic changes in their broader societal contexts or riskbecoming completely irrelevant.

         As part of our nation’s higher education institutions, teacher preparation programs must also evolve as a convergence of today’s trends and happenings point. As edupunks hack their own education, teacher preparation as we know it will change dramatically in content, context, and delivery by 2030, if it is to continue to exist at all. Along the way, we’ll see that Alvin Toffler’s words ring true in teacher candidates being prepared to learn, unlearn, and relearn, as must teacher educators and veteran teachers. And, it will be teacherpreneurs who navigate us to the future.

In a series of blog posts, let’s examine a few of the converging trends shaping teacher preparation today and where they may possibly lead in 2030:

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