Overarching aim

The Consortium’s aim is to work in sound, sustained ways with educators and related organizations to inspire, support and advocate for the infusion of critical, creative and collaborative thinking as an educational goal and as a method of teaching and learning. Our goals are to foster in learners:

  • enhanced abilities and inclinations to think effectively
  • deeper understanding of the curriculum
  • increased engagement in the world
  • greater willingness to act in thoughtful, ethically responsible ways


Working with a common conception of robust thinking, the Consortium operates in four areas:

  • Resource development: Develop and promote innovative print and digital learning and assessment resources and other educational support materials for educators, students and parents
  • Professional learning: Foster and initiate varied and responsive professional growth opportunities for teachers and instructional leaders at all levels
  • Research and innovation: Support, disseminate and implement research on the impact of efforts to support rigorous thinking; develop, disseminate and support innovative extensions of our conceptual and pedagogical understanding of thinking
  • Community building: Activate and sustain individual and institutional networks at local, provincial, national and international levels

Guiding principles

The Consortium is committed to the following principles:

  • As an educational provider, to offer exemplary services and products that are innovative, inclusive, responsive and provocative and that lead to meaningful change
  • As an educational leader, to work in a manner that is collaborative, proactive, and models the virtues of an ethical, critically thoughtful person
  • As a non-profit organization, to develop an efficient, self-sustaining, financially viable and stable operation
  • As an employer, to nurture a working environment that is collegial, satisfying and rewarding, challenging but not overwhelming or unrealistic, and supportive of continuous learning and growth