Keynote by Ron Ritchhart, author of Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 forces we must master to truly transform our schools
Other confirmed speakers:
Rhonda Bondie, Fordham University
Doug Knecht, Bank Street Education Center
Susan Engel, author of Hungry Mind: The Origin of Curiosity in Childhood and The End of the Rainbow: How Educating for Happiness (Not Money) Would Transform Our Schools
What if school was truly organized for thinking? This simple idea may sound obvious, but organizing classrooms around types and amounts of thinking and learning rather than work or content assigned has profound implications for our classrooms and teaching, and for education more broadly. Inspired by the work of the Cultures of Thinking project, we aim to gather educators in classrooms, schools, and putting this shift into practice. We aim to consider the following questions:
— What are practices common in a classroom organized around thinking and learning, rather than work?
— What ideas and structures have to shift or exist to support this orientation?
— What communications are necessary to ensure community understanding? What are the benefits?
— How does the learner’s orientation to learning change in this type of environment?
— What are specific assessments that ensure prioritizing of thinking?
— How is a culture of thinking aligned with larger goals for education?
Blue School strives to fulfill a public purpose by bringing public and independent educators together to explore applications of research (current and potential) from the domains of education, neuroscience and psychology.