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Workshop: Creating a Culture Where Thinking and Understanding Can Thrive


Day 1

Date: July 29, 2015
Time: 9:00-3:00
Where: Westridge School, Pasadena (map)

Day 2

Date: July 30, 2015
Time: 9:00-3:00
Where: Westridge School, Pasadena (map)

Fee: $850 Members ($1150 Non-members)


Creating a Culture Where Thinking and Understanding Can Thrive

Effective teaching requires more than good planning and instructional design. It also requires attention to the social and cultural dimensions in which those plans and designs are to be carried out.  However, we tend to treat group culture as something that naturally emerges from the group rather than as something educators/leaders can understand, assess, shape and improve. For the past decade, researchers from Project Zero’s Culture of Thinking (COT) initiative have worked with teachers around the world in creating classroom cultures where thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. 
In this worskshop, we will explore the following questions:
  • How can we understand, assess, and build culture by understanding the forces that create culture?
  • How do we make thinking visible and deepen understanding through the use of thinking routines?
  • How can we use language, questioning, and discourse to foster learning and promote a culture of thinking?
This workshop is ideal for teachers in all disciplines, at all grade levels (K-12). It is also very useful content for curriculum coordinators, academic deans, and division heads.
Ron’s summer workshops at the PZ Summer Institute at Harvard are always full. Don’t miss this opportunity to have Ron’s brilliant instruction this summer without having to go to Cambridge! Please reserve your spot soon, as space is limited and always sells out. Even those who have attended Ron’s workshops in the past will find plenty of new content this year, so we hope you will consider joining us again.
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Ron Ritchhart

Ron Ritchhart

Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard’s “Project Zero” where his work focuses on issues such as teaching for understanding, the development of intellectual character, creative teaching, making students’ thinking visible, and the development of school and classroom culture. Ron spent fourteen years as a classroom teacher in New Zealand and the United States, and holds an Ed.D degree from Harvard University.
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