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Preparing students and educators for the future

Today’s students are entering a world with such rapid technological change that it is impossible to learn the information and skills in college needed to succeed several decades from now. The world students face is one of depleted natural resources, environmental degradation and profound inequality. The question that drives the Pathfinder Center is, “What is an appropriate education for students in our era?” According to ASU President Michael Crow, the learner of today must be capable of understanding anything, moving seamlessly between disciplines and collaborating with others with the goal of innovation.


Leland Hartwell

Lee Hartwell leads a program devoted to educational research in Science, Sustainability and middle school teacher professional development. He received the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Meet our center’s experts

Our center is supported by a knowledgeable team of researchers, staff and visionary leaders who are at the leading edge of their fields.


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Stefanie Franco

Administrative Specialist

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Preparing educators and learners for the future by helping them find motivation and direction where education, health, technology and sustainability meet.