Designing for Deep Thinking
On-going professional learning on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 from 9:00am – 12:00pm

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This special session of D4DT led by Dr. Ron Ritchhart of Harvard’s Project Zero is for any of educator interested in creating cultures of deep thinking for their students, faculty, or staff. During this session we will get to preview parts of his new book, The Power of Making Thinking Visible: Using Routines to Engage and Empower Learners due out in the spring of 2020.

Specifically Dr. Ritchhart will lead us:
– in an exploration of the Chapter: The Six Powers of Making Thinking Visible.
– in our experimentation with new routines he and his co-authors have developed, and that are not yet available to others.

We are thrilled to be one of the few groups to engage with the ideas ahead of publication, which includes reflections from many educators in Michigan who have worked with Ron in our Designing for Deep Thinking sessions across the last five years. We hope you will join us for this special experience at our studio – a place where we aim to provide you with inspiring learning opportunities in a beautiful environment designed to energize and nurture your work as an educator.

The registration fee for this session is $50.00. If your district is paying for your experience, please be in touch with us so we can send them an invoice. For others, you can pre-register by emailing info@wholemindesign and we will send you payment details in September.

About Dr. Ron Ritchhart:
Ron has been a researcher at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education since 1994. His research focuses on understanding how to develop, nurture, and sustain thoughtful learning environments for both students and teachers. His interest in “cultures of thinking” has led him to conduct research in such areas as intellectual character, mindfulness, thinking dispositions, teaching for understanding, creativity in teaching, and the development of communities of practice. His books, Creating Cultures of Thinking: the 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools, and Making Thinking Visible, explore how teachers around the world have been using Ron’s and his colleagues’ ideas to improve student learning, and will be the basis of our study together.

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2018/2019 D4DT Dates:

STUDIO SESSIONS: 9:00am – 3:00pm

  • Thursday, September 27th, 2018 @ WMD Studio Ann Arbor, MI: D4DT launch with Ron Ritchhart
  • Monday, November 12th, 2018 @ Washtenaw International High School and Middle School Academy, Ypsilanti, MI: Portraits of CoT Practice in Action
  • February 21, 2019 (with a snow date of 2/27) @ Way Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills, MI: Portraits of CoT Practice in Action
  • Thuesday, March 12th st, 2019 @ WMD studio, Ann Arbor, MI: Adam Scher and Jenny Rossi from Way Elementary School, Connie Weber from Emerson School: Portraits of CoT Systems Development and Classroom Practice Over Time
  • Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 @ WMD Studio, Ann Arbor, MI: D4DT close with Ron Ritchhart
  • EXPEDITIONS: Expeditions are optional experiences meant to explore what cultures of thinking look like in other contexts beyond schools.

  • Thursday, January 17th 2019 @Sundberg Ferar Industrial Design Firm, Walled Lake, MI: Portraits of Cultures of Creative Thinking in Action
  • Tuition

    Tuition is $775.00 which includes 5 sessions of D4DT, optional expeditions to Culture of Thinking schools and organizations, copy of Ron’s latest book Creating Cultures of Thinking: the 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools, and his book, Making Thinking Visible. .

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      “It was really valuable to be in a place with the variety of school/education roles.”


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      “Do it, it was invaluable...and bring a friend.”


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      “You will leave with a full brain and with a different view of how you might work with students and the type of work you will ask them to do.”


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      “I had feelings of serenity, comfort, safety, and escape. I loved the experience over time and the collaborative structures.”


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      “This is an innovative, inquiry-based and reflective learning team. We challenged one another to move deeper and investigate our educational purpose and practice.”


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      “This was excellent! Do it! Do it!”


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      “Extremely thoughtful and well designed activities, goals, and facilitation. I had a feeling of being well cared for…”


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      “Wow! You don’t want to miss it! Wonderful surprises await you.”


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      “This is life-changing and will help children and schools change.”


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      “Ron is so right-on. He articulates ideas in a way that makes complex ideas seem understandable.”


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      “I loved the atmosphere!”


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      “Interesting people. Compelling ideas.”


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      “Free your mind and get ready to learn new things!”


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      “It was beneficial to meet with a large variety of groups and partners by choice and force. The brainpower and experiences of this group was awesome and inspiring.”


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      “Perfect to have so many different ‘levels’ of teachers, administrators, etc. together to share with and learn from each other!”


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      “The space was fantastic. I think all learning should take place with as many modes as you have provided.”