The world is changing quickly, and we will need bright and creative teachers to make sure young people have the skills and knowledge to become flexible, lifelong learners. Teachers in 2030 will go beyond their classrooms, taking lessons out into the world. They will use technology to enhance learning by connecting students with remote communities across the globe and simulated experiences, from scuba diving in the Indian Ocean to exploring Egypt’s Pyramids. These technologies won’t replace teachers. Instead, they will help to better guide students and develop their unique skills and knowledge.
Learning is not something we turn on and off. Instead, every new moment is another opportunity to build our knowledge and understanding. Using tools to measure and track performance, teachers will become experts in understanding student’s needs. They will build personalized learning programs to help students succeed. And as schools are transformed into community hubs and think tanks, teachers will take on more entrepreneurial, management, and thought leadership roles in the broader society.
In addition to the skills that make teachers great—including communication, active listening, creativity, leadership and patience—teachers of 2030 will also require skills in entrepreneurship, community organization, technology and the ability to understand and manage data to design personalized learning programs.