University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Leapfrog Principles

The Leapfrog Principles are:

  1. The use of advanced technologies to emulate leading edge work forces, including a shift from memorization through chaotic open sourcing to knowledge production and innovations
  2. PreK-16+ knowledge production and innovation, developing beyond old paradigm students who are simply able to recall knowledge
  3. Leadership vs. followership, demonstrating the potential and capacity to drive new genres of knowledge and innovation production in the 21st century
  4. Raising staff productivity as knowledge and innovation workers, utilizing the strengths of pre-k/16+ institutions as diverse learning and action organizations
  5. Innovative modes of knowledge distribution, identifying, creating, and utilizing new and future-oriented formats for sharing school-produced knowledge, and the selective applications of knowledge to innovation projects
  6. Globalism and internationalism, fostering development of inter-culturally competent and socially responsible cosmopolitanism among students, staff and faculty who practice Leapfrog education
  7. Innovative creative learning and research environments that better facilitate the creation and sharing of new knowledge, together with its innovation applications
  8. Proaction vs. reaction, anticipating and building preferred new Leapfrog-oriented futures, rather than simply responding to current challenges and trends
  9. The mandate for change falls, in our judgment, on administrators, faculties and parents, who must provide the mission and organization for bold actions such as those permitted by the formation and use of supportive “Leapfrog Practices” based on these Leapfrog Principles.