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Spring 2021 Online Workshops


Register for Our Spring 2021 Intensive Workshops

Entirely Online, in Real Time, Working Together in Small-Group Activities and Larger Group Discussions

 

Maximum Capacity: 40 Attendees per Workshop

 

Groups of 15 or More:
We Can Offer Any of These Workshops in Your Time Zone Upon Request

Email Ms. Lisa Sabend to Inquire: Lisa@CriticalThinking.Org


Workshop Rates

Registration Option
Price Per Attendee Per Workshop

Standard Rates

  • 1 person - $249
  • 2 - 3 people - $234
  • 4 - 6 people - $219
  • 7 or more - $204 

Register for Four or More Workshops*

  • 1 person - $199 
  • 2 - 3 people - $187 
  • 4 - 6 people - $175 
  • 7 or more - $163

 

*To receive the discount for attending four or more workshops, please email us at cct@criticalthinking.org.


How We Design Our Online Workshops

Our workshops are interactive, engaging, and enable you to immediately apply what you learn in the real world.

Rather than relying on drawn-out lectures, our Fellows and Scholars encourage consistent participation. Attendees will be reading, writing, and discussing ideas with one another as they apply critical thinking concepts to their subjects, professions, and personal lives. You will engage in whole-group discussions and breakout room activities with smaller groups, and will have ample time to ask questions and explore the critical thinking ideas, tools, and applications being discussed in every session.

It is helpful, in this online learning environment, to have two computer screens to work with during the conference; this way, you can read material on a secondary screen while seeing the presenters and your fellow participants on your main screen.

All participants will have complimentary access to the Center for Critical Thinking Community Online during these workshops.

Some workshops run for a full six hours, while others are split, with three hours occuring on one day and another three occuring the next. Both formats include breaks.


'Do my colleagues and I need critical thinking?'

We all do. Read why.


Schedule of Workshops


Workshop Descriptions

Category 1


Higher Education


Foundations of Critical Thinking: Placing Critical Thinking at the Core of Higher Education… Dr. Gerald Nosich

Saturday & Sunday       May 15-16             6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT


Times Include Short Breaks


Max Capacity: 40 People

A key insight into content, and into thinking, is that all content represents a distinctive mode of thinking. Math becomes more intelligible as one learns to think mathematically. Biology becomes more intelligible as one learns to think biologically. History becomes more intelligible as one learns to think historically.  This is true because all subjects are generated by thinking, organized by thinking, analyzed by thinking, synthesized by thinking, expressed by thinking, evaluated by thinking, restructured by thinking, maintained by thinking, transformed by thinking, learned by thinking, understood by thinking, and applied by thinking. If you try to take the thinking out of content, you have only empty words remaining, for it is thinking itself, on the part of the student, that gives life to content.

Learning a unique system of ideas is the key to learning any content whatsoever. In this session, we will explore the intimate relationship between content and thinking, and will argue for the importance of placing explicit critical thinking concepts and principles at the very heart of teaching and learning in higher education.

This workshop, which focuses on the analysis and assessment of thought, is part one of our two-part series, the second of which focuses on additional core concepts in critical thinking, namely the importance of intellectual virtues in cultivating the mind, and the barriers to criticality that all humans face.

All participants will have complimentary access to the Center for Critical Thinking Community Online during this workshop.




Category 2


Education at All Levels


How to Incorporate Close Reading and Substantive Writing into the Classroom on a Daily Basis… Dr. Gerald Nosich

Saturday          April 24         2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT


Times Include Short Breaks & 1-Hour Meal Break
(Meal Break May Include a Short Writing Assignment)


Max Capacity: 40 People

Educated persons are skilled at, and routinely engage in, close reading. When reading, they seek to learn from texts. They generate questions as they read, and they seek answers to those questions by reading widely and skillfully. In short, they seek to become better educated through reading. They do this through the process of intellectually interacting with the texts they read, while they are reading. They come to understand what they read by paraphrasing, elaborating, exemplifying, and illustrating it. They make connections as they read. They evaluate as they read. They bring important ideas into their thinking as they read.

Educated persons skillfully, routinely engage in substantive writing. Substantive writing consists of focusing on a subject worth writing about, and then saying something worth saying about it. It also enhances our reading: whenever we read to acquire knowledge, we should write to take ownership of what we are reading. Furthermore, just as we must write to gain an initial understanding of a subject's primary ideas, so also must we write to begin thinking within the subject as a whole and making connections between ideas within and beyond it.

Many of our students have never read a text closely or learned to write in a substantive way. Instead, they have developed the habit of skirting by with superficial, impressionistic reading and writing. This workshop will therefore explore basic, foundational processes for developing student skills in these areas. The aim is for these processes to become internalized and used throughout life as powerful tools for continual development.

All participants will have complimentary access to the Center for Critical Thinking Community Online during this workshop.



Law Enforcement and Fairminded Critical Thinking: Are They Compatible?... Dr. Brian Barnes

Friday          April 23          2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT


Times Include Short Breaks & 1-Hour Meal Break
(Meal Break May Include a Short Writing Assignment)


Max Capacity: 40 People

It is time to incorporate robust critical thinking into your police department at this revolutionary time in our history, in which a more humane approach to policing will be increasingly required. We are aware of the various discussions focused on de-escalating violent situations involving police interactions. However, revolutionizing how police departments operate is not simple, since changing the way police officers think is not simple.  It is only by incorporating mandatory fairminded critical thinking courses/programs into police training across the board that we can bring about the long-term permanent change needed to deal with the crisis at hand, and to move into a more compassionate and charitable future.

Recruits, Officers, and Leaders in this workshop will:

  • come to see the importance in thinking within multiple viewpoints to fully understand those viewpoints; to change their thinking when someone else's reasoning is better, and when new information and the situation require it. 
  • improve their ability to reason fairmindedly through the many complex problems they face as police officers. 
  • be introduced to the importance of cultivating ethical virtues in their own minds - virtues such as empathy, integrity, honesty, forthrightness, intellectual autonomy, and confidence in reason. 
  • learn to take their thinking apart so they can routinely identify faulty assumptions and ideas in their thinking that lead to poor judgments. 
  • learn the criteria by which they should make judgments in all police encounters and situations. This includes objectivity, impartiality, and fairness. 
  • learn the barriers to critical thinking all police officers face, as do all humans – namely, egocentric and sociocentric thinking. 
  • learn to think through implications and consequences of their actions before acting.

All participants will have complimentary access to the Center for Critical Thinking Community Online during this workshop.


Why Do We Need Critical Thinking?

Accelerating Change and Complexity...

The world is swiftly changing and with each day the pace quickens. The pressure to respond intensifies. New global realities are rapidly working their way into the deepest structures of our lives: economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental realities — realities with profound implications for thinking and learning, business and politics, human rights and human conflicts. These realities are becoming increasingly complex; many represent significant dangers and threats. And they all turn on the powerful dynamic of accelerating change.

 

Unfortunately, the crucial need for ever-new modes of thought to adapt to new problems and situations in novel, humane ways is ignored by most individuals, and therefore by human societies at large. Short-term thinking and quick-fix solutions still rule the day, and we are therefore unprepared to deal with the complexities of the world we now face. The question of how to survive, let alone to thrive, is a question continually transforming itself. How can we adapt to reality when reality won’t give us time to master it before it changes itself, again and again, in ways we can but partially anticipate?



Traditionally, our thinking has been designed for routine, for habit, for automation and fixed procedure. We learned how to do our job once, and then we used what we learned over and over. But the problems we now face, and will increasingly face, require a radically different form of thinking, thinking that is more complex, more adaptable, more sensitive to divergent points of view. The world in which we now live requires that we continually relearn, that we routinely rethink our decisions, that we regularly reevaluate the way we work and live. In short, there is a new world facing us, one in which the power of the mind to command itself, to regularly engage in self-analysis, will increasingly determine the quality of our work, the quality of our lives, and perhaps even our very survival.