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Multiple Choice vs. the Zombie Apocalypse

We’ve all watched a movie or read a book that pushes us to imagine what the world would be like if zombies walked among us (and ate our brains). While we don’t expect this hypothetical scenario to become a reality anytime soon, the imagined world of a zombie apocalypse lets us think about the knowledge and skills students need to navigate new and unexpected situations that challenge them to develop and grow in an unfamiliar environment. We want students to be smart, engaged, self-aware, and adaptive - not just tested. We use Dr. David Conley’s Four Keys as a framework for lifelong learning because context and adaptability often outsmart content in a connected and ever-changing world.

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  1. Explore the skills students need to be prepared and empowered for their own future. There’s no one “right” path through life.
  2. Learn how to use the Four Keys framework (THINK, KNOW, ACT, and GO) to prepare students for lifelong learning. Navigating the future is complex.
  3. Engage in creativity and innovation so you can equip and empower your students to do the same. Learning should be fun.


  • Michelle Liebhardt, EPIC
  • Carmen Gelman, EPIC


Michelle Liebhardt, Asst Dir, Epic

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