Just Thinking…About The Importance of Being Future-Forward Educators

July 1, 2024
Kevin Dougherty


Future-forward educators are more crucial than ever in today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape. With new technologies and generational shifts, a future-focused approach to education is essential to prepare students for the world they will inhabit.

In this episode of Just Thinking, host Kevin Dougherty is joined by Raymond McNulty, President of the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC). Together, they explore the significance of being future-forward educators and discuss how schools can adapt to meet the needs of the Alpha Generation and beyond.

Dougherty and McNulty delve into the concept of future-focused education, emphasizing the importance of preparing students for the future rather than dwelling on the past. They discuss the critical need for educators to adapt to the fast-paced changes in technology and society to serve their students better. McNulty highlights that today’s students, often referred to as the Alpha Generation, have access to more information than any previous generation, making it essential for education systems to evolve accordingly.

The conversation also covers the challenges and opportunities emerging technologies like AI present. Both Dougherty and McNulty stress that future-forward educators must focus on developing students’ skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and adaptability, ensuring they are well-equipped to navigate and succeed in a rapidly changing world.

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