Welcome to our newest TC² Partner:

  • Brandon School Division, Brandon, MB
See the complete list of our current Partner organizations.

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.

Acknowledging excellence

Several talented and dedicated individuals within the TC² community of Partners were recently recognized for their excellent contributions. Maria Vamvalis was the recipient of the Karen LaRone Hidden Hero Educator Award in recognition of her thoughtful, responsible actions that inspire the best in others. Sarah Demarco, Jessie Claudio, and Kellie Wrigley 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. The District School Board of Niagara received the L.B. Daniels Award in recognition of exemplary service in the promotion of critical thinking. Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

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.

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.

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.
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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.

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.