Cultures of Thinking-Oakland


In the Cultures of Thinking project, we see the most gains in student performance and school transformation when the leadership at the school is in a position to make the discussion of thinking, examination of student work, and the taking of risks in trying new teaching practices central to the work of the school.  The Leadership Foundations seminars, led by Ron Ritchhart, lay the groundwork for this development by building on and extending the professional learning culture that currently exists at the school. These sessions serve as opportunities both to develop a vision of the project and to put in place structures for professional conversations and teacher learning at the school, thus laying the groundwork for extending and enhancing the professional learning with teachers that will begin in 2016.

Participants: Each school-based team is comprised of a principal and 1 or 2 teacher leaders.

September 22, 2015
October 29, 2015
November 19, 2015
December 16, 2015

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: $1,000 per team
Location: Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast
                 5055 Delemere Avenue, Royal Oak, MI 48073
SCECHs: $10 payable the last day (application pending)



The Cultures of Thinking School Leadership Cohorts meet for 2 two-day sessions as follow-up to the Leadership Foundations to expand and deepen the leadership capacity in each school. These seminars are designed for teachers, administrators and school leaders, across all grade levels and subject areas, interested in supporting and developing their students as thinkers and learners. We focus on practical ways educators can create a culture of thinking in their schools and classrooms, foster the kinds of thinking opportunities that lead to deep understanding of content, and look for evidence of student thinking and understanding. We also explore the 8 Cultural Forces and how they can be shaped to support student thinking. Participants are introduced to a variety of thinking routines: what they are and how they can be used to create more thoughtful classrooms.

Participants: The school leaders from the Foundation Seminars continue, along with 4 or 5 more teacher leaders.

Dates: (Select One Cohort)

Cohort I: January 21 & 22, March 21, May 10, 2016
Huron Valley—Lakeland High School
1630 Bogie Lake Rd, White Lake, MI 48383

Cohort II: March 29 & 30, April 13, May 17, 2016
Rochester Administration Building
501 W. University, Rochester, MI 48307

Cohort III: June 27, 28, 29, & 30, 2016
Oakland Schools
2111 Pontiac Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: $2,000 per team
SCECHs: $10 payable the last day (application pending)


Project Zero is an educational research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels.



Ron Ritchhart's Website Ron is Principal Investigator for the Cultures of Thinking Project.  

Ron Ritchart Site