What if school was truly a place for thinking? This idea may sound
obvious, but organizing classrooms around types and amounts of thinking has
profound implications for learning. This practice could begin to reshape education.
Inspired by the work of the Cultures of Thinking project, we invite educators to
come together who are interested in using thinking as an organizing practice
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 Origins of Curiosity in Childhood
Jake Wizner, author of Worth Writing About: Exploring Memoir with Adolescents
Shirley McPhillips, author of Poem Central: Word Journeys with Readers and Writers
Katie Cunningham, author of Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning
Which thinking oriented practices
are common in classrooms?
What ideas and structures have to
exist to support this orientation?
What communications are necessary to
ensure community understanding?
What are the benefits?
How does the learner’s orientation
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.
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It's time to RSVP for Harvest Fest. Please visit this link to let us know what you plan to bring for the potluck and if you will enter the pie contest. There is a suggested donation of $5 per family ($7 at the door). We still have lots of parent volunteer slots open for each activity. Please find your grade or preferred activity below and click to sign up. Location: Fulton Square.
2's (Pumpkin Decorating): http://vols.pt/nc9XT7
3's (Makers Table): http://vols.pt/cmggAb
4/5's (Lantern Making): http://vols.pt/o5aneq
K's (Nature Crafts): http://vols.pt/GT7TSh
1st grade (Toy Painting): http://vols.pt/o6zUb6
2nd grade (Food): http://vols.pt/Q2jsxH
3rd grade (Costume Making): http://vols.pt/BEdGD9
4th grade (Donuts on a String): http://vols.pt/VDeQBx
5th grade (Pie Contest): http://vols.pt/HpRdLj
6th grade (Games): http://vols.pt/fXH4Qg
Please join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the launch of the 2015-2016 school year (and our TENTH anniversary) on October 1 at 5:45 PM. ALL families are invited to join us to hear from Allison and others about the coming year and meet other Blue School families. There will be a fun craft activity for all who wish to partake, so we hope you can make it, meet new people and enjoy each other's company. RSVP below, if you are planning on attending.
Childcare will be provided. To reserve a spot for your child, please click the button below. Childcare drop off will begin at 5:30. Please note: childcare is only available for children currently enrolled at Blue School.
Join Peter Bowers, PhD, Founder of WordWorks, for this engaging, practical, three-day workshop. Learn how teachers and tutors around the world apply the principles of scientific inquiry to the study of English spelling to build vocabulary, reading and spelling knowledge -- and also as leverage for learning in any subject area. Open to educators of all ages and abilities.
A special book signing event with Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human potential, and a Blue School Advisory Board member. Featuring Robinson's newest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education, co-authored with Lou Aronica (Viking; April 21, 2015).
Blue School's annual conference for educators.
Watch video of sessions with Dr. Dan Siegel, author of The Whole Brain Child and Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and Dorothy Barnhouse, Literacy Consultant and co-author of What Readers Really Do and Readers Front and Center.
Save the date! More info coming soon.
A special event with psychologist and long-time Blue School Advisory Board member Dr. Larry Cohen for his newest book The Opposite of Worry (Random House, September 2013).
The neuroscience of 'aha!' How do you increase your child's ability to be creative?
We are proud to co-sponsor an upcoming educators conference with our friends from Poughkeepsie Day School on Friday, February 14th.
Neuropsychiatrist and Blue School Advisory Board member Dr. Dan Siegel will share insights from his latest research and newest book Brainstorm, an inside-out guide to the emerging adolescent mind. He will illuminate the changes in the brain during adolescence and explore practical ways parents can approach this important time of life to make the most of relationships and development.
Making/STEAM: unleashing creativity and imagination in schools