In-Person Workshop
During times of change, it is important to lean into our values. Doing so helps us to remain grounded and true to our vision of what a quality education looks and feels like… even as we are buffeted by the unknown forces of change and thrust into new modes of instructional delivery.

Building a classroom and school culture, whether in person or at a distance, is more than merely instituting a set of practices. As useful as practices like thinking routines, documentation, and effective questioning can be, culture runs deeper. Culture is built on our values and beliefs and embedded in the messages we send. Thus, deep and lasting transformation must begin by embracing a set of beliefs about teaching, learning, and schooling. In this workshop, we will explore the 10 mindsets that we use in the Cultures of Thinking project to drive our action. These mindsets cluster into 4 groups: 1) How we learning with our colleagues, 2) The way we think about thinking, 3) The conditions that promote learning, and 4) The social context of learning. These principles motivate and guide our actions and provide the touchstones we need as we create places where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted. As we do so, we will look at the research behind these principles and the actions and data that can be used to move us forward in whatever teaching and learning environment we find ourselves in.

Participants will choose one of the 10 Mindsets on which to focus for a sustained, ongoing guided inquiry, which will begin in the workshop but carry on afterwards when you return to your school. We will use a design thinking inquiry cycle (Immersion, Ideation, Development, and Reflection) to guide us in the process. Working in small groups with others, you will identify data collection methods and specific actions you might take to move forward in your classroom. Your workshop team will become a resource and sounding board for sharing, support, and collaboration beyond the workshop. We will have one, two hour online collaborative session after the workshop to share, discussion, and reflect on our actions (time to be determined).

Guiding Questions for Our Learning
  • What are the 10 Mindsets that underpin a culture of thinking?
  • How can we develop Our Understanding of Our Chosen Mindset?
  • How do our students experience this principle?
  • How might we move forward with this mindset? What actions might we take?
Ron Ritchhart
Ron Ritchhart, Ed.D., is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero where his work focuses on the development of school and classroom culture as prime vehicles for developing students’ as powerful thinkers and learners. Ron's research and writings have informed the work of schools, school systems, and museums throughout the world. His research is largely classroom-based, learning from the best practice of teachers to better understand how they create conditions for powerful learning. Ron is an award-winning teacher and researcher, a sought-after speaker, and a prolific and influential writer. His best-selling books include Intellectual Character, Making Thinking Visible, and Creating Cultures of Thinking, and The Power of Making Thinking Visible. Ron began his career in education as an elementary teacher in New Zealand before returning to the states where he taught art, third, and fourth grade as well as middle school.
To be Announced

8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration at 8:00 am
on the 10th of March 2023
AUD 1100 till 15th February 2023
AUD 1000 till 20th December 2022
AUD 900 till 15th November 2022
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 16 Professional Development hours, light breakfast, morning tea, and lunch.