Creating Cultures of Thinking and Empowered Learning

Jun 18, 2020 9:00AM—Jun 19, 2020 3:00PM


Town School for Boys

Cost $800 members; ($1,200 non-members)

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Ron Ritchhart and the work of Project Zero (PZ) played a vital role in CATDC’s (then BATDC’s) early success to improve teaching and learning in our schools. In celebration of our 20th anniversary, CATDC is delighted to partner with the Town School for Boys to bring Ron Ritchhart back to the Bay Area along with his PZ colleague and co-author, Mark Church.

This two-day Summer Institute will explore the following questions:

  • As we turn toward developing students as problem solvers, creators, and innovators, how do we incorporate what we know works around thinking routines and deep learning? 
  • How do we demystify the process of thinking in order to gain a window into what our students understand and to support them to learn more effectively?
  • What does it mean to lead and facilitate a culture of thinking?

Incorporating the practices central to making thinking visible, this dynamic program will support educators to leverage thinking routines in order to create a culture of deeper engagement and learning in their classrooms. 

Learning with and from PZ researchers and practitioners, participants will  

  • Explore the core dispositions of good thinkers and engaged learners
  • Develop an understanding of the power and potential of visible thinking for both teachers and students
  • Discover new tools, strategies, and frameworks
  • Apply new skills and knowledge to lesson planning and curriculum development
  • Develop a community of learners within and beyond their peer schools
  • Develop approaches for facilitating the growth and development of adults around these ideas 

This workshop is ideal for teachers in all disciplines and grade levels (K-12), curriculum coordinators, academic deans, and division heads. To amplify the learning, we highly recommend that you take advantage of our group discounts and attend with a team from your school.



Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron currently directs the worldwide Cultures of Thinking project, aimed at facilitating effective learning in classrooms, schools, and organizations. Details and practices from this project can be found in Ron’s books, Making Thinking Visible and Creating Cultures of Thinking, as well as The Power of Making Thinking Visible co-authored with Mark Church and just out this April. 


Mark Church works with schools throughout the world wishing to create cultures of thinking in their classrooms. He believes in the difference teachers can make for students when they strive to make thinking visible, valued, and actively promoted as part of the day-to-day experience of their learners. Mark encourages teachers to become students of their students, and more broadly, students of themselves and the choices they make to leverage the power of making thinking visible. Mark is currently a consultant with Harvard Project Zero's Making Thinking Visible and Cultures of Thinking initiatives, drawing upon his own classroom teaching experience and from the perspectives he has gained working with educators throughout the world. Together with Ron Ritchhart, Mark is co-author of the book Making Thinking Visible and Creating Cultures of Thinking, as well as The Power of Making Thinking Visible, available this April.


Cancellation Policy

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