Come Celebrate with Us!

Come celebrate the 25-year story of The Critical Thinking Consortium! We have launched a unique website filled with history, stories, and opportunities. The website is our way of thanking you for being part of the TC² ongoing story and for continuing to work with us to nurture thinking in the classroom.

In each of the next 12 months, the TC² Anniversary website will have a different focus, so that you can explore critical, creative, and collaborative thinking from many angles. Every week, another educator will share with us their personal story about challenging their students.

And what would a celebration be without presents? Every month we’ll have new specials for resources designed to get you started and enrich your classroom.

New date for Sparking Meaningful Engagement through Critical Inquiry

Attention Ontario educators! We have a new date for our professional learning session facilitated by Maria Vamvalis.

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time: 4:30PM - 6:30 PM EST
Location: David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute, 2740 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON

For more information: View the flyer | Register for the session

We are pleased to announce a new professional learning opportunity!

Led by Laura Gini-Newman, this certification program is designed to develop a rich understanding of the diverse role of critical thinking in math classrooms.

View our brochure or visit this page to learn more about this exciting new program.

What Can I Contribute to Meaningful Reconciliation?

Teaching and learning about residential schools

This unit explores the causes and consequences of residential schools in Canada and supports educators and learners in using a critical-inquiry approach to develop deep understandings of some of the complex, challenging, and painful events that have impacted the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Designed for grade six and up, the fully-developed lessons include briefing sheets, image sets, suggested resources, and blackline masters to support student thinking and learning about reconciliation.

View our flyer to learn more or visit this page to download the free resource.

Welcome to our newest TC² Partner:

  • Kamloops Thompson Teachers' Association, Kamloops, BC
See the complete list of our current Partner organizations.

Your feedback matters and we are listening

Check out the newly improved search feature on our website and quickly discover a world of resources to help nurture critical thinking that engages students and enhances learning.
Start searching now.

Canada's first national internment operations

CBC news "Point of View" recently posted an article written by Lubomyr Luciuk, a professor of political geography at the Royal Military College of Canada and a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association. In the article, Lubomyr tells the story of finding out about the internment camp in his hometown and how this inspired him to spearhead a redress campaign. Read the article.

Lubomyr is featured in a new documentary about Canada's first national internment operations that is now available to view online - That Never Happened: Canada's First National Internment Operations.

Lubomyr also served on the advisory council for our Pivotal Voices series resources about Canada's internment operations. Both publications are available for free courtesy of a grant from the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.

Judy Richards

Introducing our new Professional Learning Consultant

It is our pleasure to introduce and welcome Judy Richards, Professional Learning Consultant, to the TC² team. Judy comes to us from the Peel District School Board with almost 20 years of experience as an elementary principal providing exemplary leadership at the school, system, and provincial levels. Throughout her career, Judy demonstrated a strong commitment to professional learning, and specifically over the past 5 years, to the TC² framework. As the Professional Learning Consultant, Judy looks forward to collaborating with new and current partners to develop customized learning programs that are responsive, sustainable and transformative. Contact Judy if you have any questions about our professional learning sessions and programs.

Acknowledging excellence

Several talented and dedicated individuals within the TC² community of Partners were recently recognized for their excellent contributions. Cynthia Nicolson was the recipient of the Karen LaRone Hidden Hero Educator Award in recognition of her thoughtful, responsible actions that inspire the best in others. Cindy Sawyer, Jenny Mulligan, Jody Blum and the Halton District School Board Collaborative Inquiry group (Katherine Compton-Morgan, Sunaina Sharma, Sydney Thatcher, Tanya Andersen, Wendy Cacilhas and Wendy Lang-Brouwers) received the Class ACT Award in recognition of their achievements in embedding critical thinking into their own practice and furthering critical thinking with their students or colleagues. Aaron Harris and Lindsay Gibson received the L.B. Daniels Award in recognition of exemplary service in the promotion of critical thinking. Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

Educators and students as transformative agents of change

We are thrilled to have the TC² approach to nurturing quality thinking highlighted in an article written by Maria Vamvalis and posted on the new Learning Portal of UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning. As you'll discover in the article, Maria believes that educators and students truly are transformative agents of change who will lead ways towards preferred futures grounded in justice & sustainability.

Read the article here.

We are pleased to launch our 2018-2019 catalogue. This catalogue showcases our new and upcoming resources that support critical, creative, and collaborative thinking, and provides a comprehensive overview of our products and services. Check out what’s inside and build on your TC² library!

Building a Community of Thinkers

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest booklet in our Quick Guides to Thinking Classrooms series. Building a Community of Thinkers provides practical guidance for teachers who want to use the power of critical, creative, and collaborative thinking to enrich their students’ learning. The resource clearly explains the value of nurturing a classroom community of thinkers and outlines effective steps toward achieving this goal. Student activity templates to support group discussion and peer feedback are included in this Quick Guide.

Clichés d’histoire : Événements importants de l’histoire du Canada, 1er ensemble

Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer la traduction française du premier ensemble de cartes dans notre collection Clichés d’histoire. La série Événements importants de l’histoire du Canada comprend trois ensembles de cartes portant sur 150 événements importants de l'histoire de ce qu’est devenu le Canada, de la préhistoire à nos jours.

We are pleased to announce the release of the French translation of the first set of cards in our Snapshots in Time collection. The Significant Events in Canadian History series consists of three sets of cards focusing on 150 significant events in the history of what became known as Canada from its pre-history to present day.

Inspiring wonder through learning and thinking

Watch TC² facilitator and author, Garfield Gini-Newman speak on Inspiring wonder through learning and thinking, a Tedx Talk given in Kitchener, ON. You yourself will be inspired to learn how TC² can support you in nurturing wonder-full thinking in your students. (19:31 minutes) Book one of our skilled facilitators now.

How Should We Respond to Our Changing Earth?
Engaging Students in Critical Inquiry for Global Environmental Citizenship

Maria Vamvalis, TC² facilitator and professional learning coordinator, was asked by UNESCO to write an opinion piece about critical thinking and teaching climate change. Maria believes that engaging students in meaningful inquiries that transcend the classroom is vitally important in a complex and changing world. Developing deep understandings about climate change and considering how we can respond in inspiring, sustainable ways is possible when students are nurtured to explicitly develop the intellectual tools required for creative, critical and collaborative thinking.

Snapshots in Time in the news

Lindsay Gibson recently spoke with CBC radio and the University of Alberta about the Snapshots in Time cards.

Click here to listen to his interview with CBC Edmonton.

Click here to listen to his interview with CBC Radio West.

Click here to read his interview with the University of Alberta.

Snapshots in Time: Significant Events in Canadian History Set 1

We are pleased to announce the release of the first set of cards in our Snapshots in Time collection. The Significant Events in Canadian History series consists of three sets of cards focusing on 150 significant events in the history of what became known as Canada from its pre-history to present day. This first set of 50 cards can be used as a game, learning tool, learning resource or assessment strategy to help your students investigate well-known historical events that are commonly included in grades 4-12 curricula across Canada. Each card focuses on a significant historical event in Canadian history and includes a title, a description of the event and an iconic image that provides clues about the event and when it occurred.

Teaching kids to think critically is crucial for their future

In this era of increased automation, where virtually everything is Googleable, teaching kids to think critically is more important than ever.

Read the complete article in the Toronto Star, published June 4th, 2017.

Critical thinking for all

This powerful video captures the essence of a thinking classroom through the experiences of Maria Vamvalis, TC² facilitator and professional learning coordinator, and her students. The students’ insightful and passionate responses as they explore the topics of Inquiry-pac unit 7A: Physical Patterns in a Changing World through the TC² approach shows the positive impact of teaching critical, creative and collaborative thinking skills that are meaningful and engaging to all. (4:04 minutes)