We offer a flexible menu of face-to-face and online sessions to serve particular needs or to form a more comprehensive program. TC² has the expertise and resources to support extended professional learning around a number of interrelated themes, all of which are geared to nurture a thinking classroom. Most programs can be tailored to specific audiences based on grade range and subject areas, or draw on elements from several themes.
Embedding thinking. This core program supports educators in deepening their understanding of critical, creative and collaborative thinking. Educators learn how to tweak their current practice to enrich student learning and foster thinking within a specific subject area or across the curriculum. Participants learn to recognize numerous opportunities for embedding thinking into their daily teaching, develop their competence in teaching and assessing key intellectual tools and build on their ability to nurture a thoughtful classroom atmosphere.
Literacy as thinking. Literacy is not simply decoding. Literacy is thinking and making meaning. A critical thinking approach focuses on developing the core competencies that students need to be independent, critically thoughtful readers, writers, viewers, listeners and speakers.
Critical, creative and collaborative inquiry. This program helps educators understand how critical thinking and creativity are highly complementary pursuits, enhanced when developed in a collaborative environment. Participants develop their ability to use C3 inquiry as a powerful approach for engaging students in learning the subject matter of the curriculum while preparing them for the challenges of a changing world.
Inquiry in a digital environment. This program helps educators understand the opportunities and pitfalls of digital technology use in the classroom. They develop their ability to thoughtfully integrate educational technology using six key considerations.
Assessment of and for thinking. This program helps educators improve their ability to assess thinking and to implement effective assessment strategies to promote thinking. A key theme is the effective use of critical thinking in formative and summative assessment to move the focus from seeking the right answer to the quality of the student responses.
Historical/geographical thinking. This program identifies six concepts that underpin students' ability to move beyond learning about history or geography to thinking deeply about these disciplines. The concepts serve as entry points to problematize historical or geographical topics and also support students in thinking through the emergent issues.
Self-regulated learners. This program focuses on helping students learn to think for themselves and be more self-reliant learners. Educators develop expertise in implementing a five-stage approach to nurturing student self-regulation.
Student engagement. This program develops educators' appreciation of what is required for meaningful educational engagement. Teachers learn to embed five kinds of enabling conditions or "seeds" that will challenge and motivate their students to learn.