Last year, Adobe conducted a study of Generation Z students (ages 11-17) that found students and teachers believe creativity is critical for success in the future workforce. Based on this insight, we conducted another study this year to dig into this notion of creative problem solving: What does it mean, what are the sub-skills, and what are the gaps and barriers that exist? We discovered a disconnect between the needs of tomorrow’s workforce and what students are learning in the classroom today.

So how can teachers foster these skills now, even when curriculum standards are catching up,...

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  • About the Author:

    Sharif Karmally is a senior product marketing manager with Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Education team where he manages the K-12 (primary & secondary) education market. In this role, he is the voice of students and teachers within Adobe to provide schools with everything they need to bring digital creativity into the classroom. Karmally is also a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, teaching courses on storytelling and leadership.