Talent & Education

Fostering exploration and excellence in 21st century schools

January 22, 2018


January 22, 2018

Veronica Lara

Senior Editor, Americas

Veronica is a senior editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in New York. She specialises in market environment topics and trends that cut across industries, including the future of work, technological disruption, and economic competitiveness. In addition to these areas, she has led projects on advancements in manufacturing, historic energy demand trends, and socioeconomic topics such as organised labour, post-war impact investing and growth of cities.

Until July 2014 Veronica was the EIU's commerce and regulations analyst for 29 countries, mostly in the emerging markets. She has written for various EIU publications, on subjects such as financial inclusion, international trade, and policies aimed at attracting investment and promoting innovation.

Veronica holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in international relations from New York University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Before joining the EIU, she covered industries as diverse as defense, logistics and mining for a research advisory firm.


Schools have a critical role in equipping students for the 21st century workplace, which will require a mix of soft and hard skills for success. What strategies and techniques can educators implement in the classroom to support the development of these skills?

The need for education systems to evolve along with the demands of the global economy is certain. But the question of how to implement this change at the classroom level is less clear. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) embarked on a research programme, sponsored by Google for Education, that explores the strategies that are most effective for developing 21st century skills and how technology can support such efforts.
In this report, Fostering exploration and excellence in 21st century schools, we discuss the findings of our research, which includes a global survey of 1,200 teachers and administrators from 16 countries around the world. The research programme builds upon the EIU’s 2015 study, , which assessed shifts in skills needs.

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