Acknowledging excellence

Several talented and dedicated individuals within the TC² community of Partners were recently recognized for their excellent contributions. Amanda Paakkunainen, Brandy Robbins, Kent Pearce, Natalie Tsui, Derrick Goffe, Jacqueline Sandercock, Kate Charette, and Craig Findlay 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. Anggun Rabu, Joseph Carnovale, Christine Traer, and Pamela Mehl were the recipients of the Karen LaRone Hidden Hero Award in recognition of their thoughtful, responsible actions that inspire the best in others. Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

We are excited to announce the launch of our podcast!

In our first episode, we explore assessment and the idea that it can be much more than something that's imposed on students. Usha James, TC² Executive Director, interviews Garfield Gini-Newman, TC² Senior National Consultant, about the ways that assessment can actually be used to inspire. Visit our podcast page to listen now.

Welcome to our newest TC² Partners:

  • Interlake School Division, Stonewall, MB
  • École Charleswood School, Winnipeg, MB
  • International School of Krakow, Poland
  • Colegio Colombo Británico, Cali, Colombia
  • Vanier College, Montreal, QC
See the complete list of our current Partner organizations.

Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal

TC² founder, Dr. Roland Case, has been awarded the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal. Meritorious Service Decorations recognize great Canadians for exceptional deeds accomplished over a limited period of time that bring honour to our country. Roland’s work in re-imagining teaching and learning to focus on nurturing thinking in all students has had a transformative impact on education in every province and territory in Canada. Read more about the award and Roland's contributions to teaching and learning in Canada or read the media release.

Scaffolding Powerful and Meaningful Inquiries

This recording of a webinar presented by Maria Vamvalis provides an opportunity for educators to learn more about the "cascading" approach to critical inquiry that is featured in the Inquiry-pac resources, and specifically in the Ontario Geography 7A: Physical Patterns in a Changing World unit. Teachers will learn more about overarching inquiry questions, critical challenges, and how the Inquiry-pac units help to explicitly and intentionally scaffold the intellectual tools of quality thinking. Watch the recording.

Coaching in critical inquiry

TC² offers a 16-session online certification program to develop educators’ ability to coach teachers in critical inquiry. The program is designed to:

  • deepen understanding of the TC² approach to critical inquiry
  • enhance ability to undertake ongoing professional critical inquiry
  • nurture abilities to provide practical and meaningful instructional leadership
Learn more.

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.

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.