Future Problem Solving announces Executive Director.
July 27, 2018
Melbourne, Florida, USA — The Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of April Dennis as the new Executive Director. Ms. Dennis began her work with FPSPI in 2012 as Program Director and has served as interim Executive Director since January.
Ms. Dennis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from the University of South Florida. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and an Assessor for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, an Exemplar School Evaluator with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), a Brevard (Florida) District Facilitator for Gifted Endorsement courses, and a member of Rotary International. In addition, Ms. Dennis is the Chair-elect of the Creativity Network for the National Association for Gifted Children.
Prior to joining the staff of FPSPI, Ms. Dennis was a public school educator where, among other things, she coached youth of all ages in Future Problem Solving.
Ms. Dennis states, “I am honored and excited to continue my work with FPSPI in this new leadership role. The FPSPI mission aligns with my professional and personal passion of empowering young people to tackle problems of today, tomorrow, and the future.”
Designed by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance in 1974, FPSPI’s mission is “to develop the ability of young people globally to design and achieve positive futures through problem solving using critical and creative thinking.”
FPSPI welcomes Executive Director, April Dennis.
Annual Report 2017 – Another Amazing Year!
Thank you to all of our volunteers, parents, Affiliate Directors, sponsors, and of course all of our awesome kids for making this another outstanding year for Future Problem Solvers! Without all of your support, we would not be able to provide students with the learning opportunities and problem solving knowledge that is so valuable to be successful in school, careers, and life skills.
This upcoming year we have many new and exciting things planned. Our International Conference is happening at University of Massachusetts Amherst in June. We encourage you to spread the word about Future Problem Solvers and let everyone know how they can be a part of such a great organization.
Our 2017 annual report is available for you to view here. Take a look back at all of the wonderful highlights from last year.
We are exhibiting at NAGC 2018 – Nov 15 – 18
2000 students head to UW-La Crosse for international problem solving conference
By Sam Shilts
Posted: Jun 07, 2018 5:27 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 21, 2018 5:44 PM EDT
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) –
More than 2000 students from nine different countries are at UW-La Crosse this week, showcasing their problem solving skills.
The Future Problem Solving Program International Conference began in 1974. Teams spend an entire year researching local and global issues and put together presentations on how they would tackle solving that issue. Thursday afternoon, students set up for their community problem solving fair which will be open to the public.
“Most of the time when you watch the news you become a little concerned,” FPSPIC Interim Executive Director April Dennis said. “If you were to walk around the community problem solving fair on Friday night, I think all of your concerns will be put by the wayside because these students are equipped with skills and talents and passions to solve the problems of not only today but also tomorrow.”
Other projects will focus heavily on criminal justice problem solving. Awards for several different areas of competition will be given on Sunday June 10.
The community problem solving fair starts at 7:30pm at the UW-La Crosse’s Rec Center on Friday June 8.
Josh Hutcherson on the David Letterman Show
Mentions Future Problem Solvers
Check out the video here
Right around the 2 minute mark is where FPS is talked about.
FPS News from Charlotte at NAGC 2017
FPS News from China
Marianne, April, and Brenda presenting a two-day training in Shanghai to over 60 educators. The presentation focused on Preparing the Next Generation of Problem Solvers through the P2 project – the Creative Problem Solving Process and the Future Problem Solving Program!