The Cultures of Thinking Project, sponsored by Bialik College in collaboration with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education commenced in 2005 thanks to the patronage of Vera and Abe Dorevitch.
Project Zero’s aim 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. The Cultures of Thinking project focuses on further developing a school-wide culture of thinking that supports deep thinking and the development of students’ thinking dispositions. It supports students in becoming more flexible and energetic in their thinking and learning, develops critical and creative thinking and deeper engagement while also equipping students to become more comfortable in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty.
Teachers are provided with a unique opportunity to undertake professional development within a team environment, working with some of the world’s leading educational thinkers on an ongoing basis over an extended period of time. Students are the ultimate beneficiaries of the project as it is focused on providing new strategies of learning to enrich their experience and develop thinking skills for their lives both within and beyond school.
Read more about Bialik’s approach in the book: “Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners” (Paperback published May 3, 2011)
Twilight Session – Tuesday 6 August 2019
We are excited to be hosting Dr Airlie Chapman from The University of Melbourne, for an afternoon professional learning opportunity on Tuesday 6 August 4pm-5.30pm. During this session, Dr Chapman will be looking at how robotics and AI is affecting the world today and the upcoming research that will be affecting the world of tomorrow. The ideas will be presented at a level that can be readily shared with students. Click here to book.
7th Cultures of Thinking Conference 2019: 16 – 20 August 2019
“Redefine. Reimagine. Education”
Call for Papers will be released 18 February 2019. Registration opens 01 April 2019.
Venue: 429 Auburn Road, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123.
Visit the dedicated 7th Cultures of Thinking Conference 2019 website for more information
Join the Bialik Collaborative Group
As part of Project Zero’s Outreach program, the Bialik Collaborative Group was set up and is now in its 6th year. This is a network of 14 schools which meets to explore concepts and approaches that foster a culture of thinking. Colleagues meet in different arrangements; small and large groups, for different periods of time; full days, half days and twilight sessions and in different guises; teacher labs, focus/discussion groups, presentations to name a few.
The richness of the discourse that occurs at these workshops is truly inspirational and the exchange of ideas, the collegiality, and the opportunity to visit each other’s schools is a privilege for all members.
In 2017, the Collaborative Group explored the following key questions:
1. What is our image of the learner (teacher and student alike)?
2. What are our roles as researchers and/or as students of our students’ learning?
3. How might transformational leadership change our vision and action of education and close the ‘ideas / action’ gap?
We welcome your interest and participation. For more information, please contact us on [email protected]