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Welcome to The Critical Thinking Consortium

TC² is a non-profit organization of Partner groups and Individual Members.

Each year we support many thousands of educators through a range of face-to-face, online and print resources and services developed around a classroom-proven approach to embedding critical thinking. Our aim is to help students learn to think and think to learn.

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To mark the UN’s World Day of Social Justice, the February 18 issue of The Thinking Teacher offers a critical challenge in which students explore factors affecting the quality of life of five young people from various countries. In subsequent lessons from the publication, Caring for Young People’s Rights, students assume the role of director of a project to secure the rights of the young people they have been learning about.


Welcome to the staff of Vancouver Talmud Torah in Vancouver, BC, and Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord in North Bay, ON, two new Partners with TC². For a list of all our current Partner organizations and their websites, see the About TC² section of our website.


More Ontario Inquiry-pacs materials are ready! Several lessons from the grade 6 Community Stories and Canadian Identity unit are now available for purchase, along with the entire grade 4 Early Societies unit and the entire grade 5 Good Government and Responsible Citizenship unit.


Learn more about Inquiry-pacs, view sample lessons and find out about licenses. Alberta educators will be interested in the updated Social Studies 10 and 20 Inquiry-pacs.


Are you interested in helping your staff, colleagues or teacher candidates embed critical thinking? If you are a university instructor, educational leader or keen teacher, register as a Friend of Critical Thinking and receive regular free resources to help you help others.

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  • We're trying to implement inquiry based math but it's tough. Any ideas?
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What is the difference between partnership and membership?

Partners are organizations like schools and school districts who have joined TC². Educational leaders within these groups often work with TC² staff to provide professional learning programs for their teachers. Employees of these groups enjoy benefits such as free access to our three main online resource collections, discounts on all TC² resources and access to the library of professional resources.

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If your district, school or faculty is not a TC² partner, you can obtain the benefits of partnership by becoming an Individual Member.

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What resources are available for free?

  • Partners and Individual Members have free access to our three main online resource collections: Tools for Thought, Critical Challenges and Source Docs.
  • Everyone may download free samples from each collection.
  • Each print publication also has a free lesson sample.
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