Microsoft Educator Insider podcast + 16 innovative ideas

Episode 2: Future-ready teaching with the Staff of 2030

Guest: Mark Sparvell, Education Leader, Marketing, Microsoft

3. The future of education is “greening and growing.” 

What will the education of the future look like? The Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by Microsoft, looked into how to serve the Class of 2030. The critical piece for preparing the Class of 2030 is what the Staff of 2030 do. They surveyed pre-service and early-career educators about their aspirations for education. 

How is the teaching profession changing? Sparvell said, “It’s greening, and it’s growing.” It’s least likely to be impacted by automation and artificial intelligence because it’s relation-driven. Population growth shows that the demand is increasing. Predictions say 69 million teachers are required by 2030. 

As a profession, it’s becoming younger. “Generation Z is in your classroom as a student. They’re at the university studying to be a teacher. And they’re, at this moment, in your staff room as an early-career teacher.”

They represent 70 percent of the workforce. We might have five generations of educators working in the same institution.

4. Generation Z can offer a lot as we create a relevant education for the Class of 2030.

Every generation brings benefits of experience and benefits of their mindset based on the society in which they grew up, Sparvell said. 

Generation Z is digital. They’re global minded. They’re highly social. Mobile. And very visual. These are characteristic traits of Generation Z. Broadly, they want to engage in work that has meaning. Passion is important to them. Doing something meaningful is more important to them than money. 

They want to be invited in pretty quickly to have voice and choice in the school as far as improving things. 

INFOGRAPHIC: Future-ready teaching: Nurturing tomorrow’s educators