Schools of Tomorrow


Installation by raumlabor in the foyer | © HKW / Stephanie Pillick

Installation by raumlabor in the foyer | © HKW / Stephanie Pillick

What educational futures could guide our thinking and actions if we see schools as laboratories of tomorrow’s society? In Schools of Tomorrow, HKW is collaborating with teachers, students, artists and experts to devise models for the schools of the future. The questions posed at the Kick-Off Conference in May of 2017 will be tested by Europe-wide experimental school projects during the 2017/2018 school year. At the same time, the It’s Our School! ideas competition invites students to contribute their own demands and desires. For the big finale in June of 2018, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin will itself be transformed into the School of Tomorrow – at the closing festival, all of the ideas will be incorporated in an experimental lesson plan.

Schools of Tomorrow looks ahead into the future, but also into the past: One hundred years ago, educational reformers across the globe strove to create the foundation for new methods of learning and teaching. Industrialization, worldwide migration and urbanization led to profound upheavals. In his groundbreaking 1915 publication Schools of To-Morrow the philosopher und educator John Dewey and his daughter Evelyn Dewey laid out his teaching theories based on a series of school experiments in the United States. His educational approach, which intended to prepare students to actively take part in shaping society, continues to have an effect today. Based on Dewey’s ideas, Schools of Tomorrow is examining experimental school practices from the twentieth century in order to develop fields of action and themes that can identify new pathways for learning.

At a kick-off conference from May 4 – 6, 2017, international educational theorists and practitioners, artists, parents, and students will discussed how schools can shape the future. The results of the conference form the starting point for a series of school projects that will be implemented together with partners across Europe in the 2017-2018 school year. An ideas competition asks German speaking students how they would organize their model school. On June 13 and 14, 2018, HKW will present selected school projects and the results of the ideas competition at the Schools of Tomorrow Festival.

Curated by Silvia Fehrmann
As part of the HKW series 100 Years of Now.

Schools of Tomorrow Festival
Jun 13 & 14, 2018