Critical Thinking Training for Trainers and Advanced Academy
Infusing Robust Critical Thinking Into Your Courses, Curriculum, Assessment Process, and/or Consulting Work
Learn the World-Renowned Paul-Elder Framework for Critical Thinking, How to Teach it to Colleagues, and How to Infuse It Across the Curriculum
Academy was held at Compton Gardens
a retreat setting in Bentonville, Arkansas
For almost 40 years, The Foundation for Critical Thinking has taken the lead in advancing a robust, integrated, comprehensive conception of critical thinking throughout education and society . Consequently, the Paul-Elder Framework for Critical Thinking ™ has been implemented by educators at all levels and in all fields of study in the U.S. and abroad.
We invite all educators, trainers, and consultants to join us at the Critical Thinking Training for Trainers and Advanced Academy. This event will be led by Dr. Linda Elder, international authority on critical thinking and educational psychologist, and Dr. Brian Barnes, university professor and Visiting Scholar at the Foundation for Critical Thinking .
The Academy will begin with three days of interactive workshops that will enhance your understanding of critical thinking and how to best foster it in your courses and training programs. The event will be followed by a voluntary one-hour webinar Tuesday, April 30 , which will be followed by a second voluntary one-hour webinar on Saturday, May 18. The follow-up webinars are designed to help you continue advancing in critical thinking by learning to develop your instructional design plans and processes under the direction of our critical thinking experts. Certificates of Completion will be available at the end of the process.
The Academy will be held in a retreat setting in beautiful Northwest Arkansas, near world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum and world-class biking trails. Participants will stay in local hotels and rentals of their choosing.
This Academy is designed for facilitators working to bring substantive critical thinking across their respective institutions, into specific departments or divisions, or into their consulting or training work. It is also for those who have been studying in the Paul-Elder Approach to Critical Thinking, and who want to advance their understandings of the theory and application of critical thinking for use in their teaching. Those who have met the Foundation for Critical Thinking prerequisites for certification in the Paul-Elder Approach can achieve certification at this academy, should they meet the requirements and apply for certification according to our certification guidelines .
The Academy will lay the groundwork for participants to lead beginning workshops in critical thinking that foster initial understanding of critical thinking concepts and principles, as well as the ability to teach for it in the classroom and in consulting work. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with world-class authorities on critical thinking in a small, retreat setting.
Participants will work through the activities that they will be facilitating at their respective institutions, within their departments or divisions, or in their work as trainers or consultants. They will then practice designing and facilitating these activities themselves. Facilitators should not expect to internalize critical thinking at a deep level (which, like learning to play the violin, is not possible in only a few days), but to learn to facilitate understanding of critical thinking using materials designed and developed by the Foundation for Critical Thinking.
Those who will benefit from this Academy include:
Because presenting to one another will be part of the work assigned to Academy participants, we ask that attendees bring a laptop, tablet, or other device to help facilitate these presentations.
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Register by December 31, 2018
Available December 31, 2018 - April 11, 2019
We also offer customized professional development in critical thinking – both on-site and online – for instructors, educational administrators, and businesses. In our programs, we help participants contextualize critical thinking within their fields and learn how best to employ critical thinking in reasoning through the complex challenges they face every day. To learn more about our professional development opportunities, please submit a Professional Development Information Request Form or email Ms. Rachael Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Brian Barnes
Dr. Brian Barnes holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Louisville. Barnes is a veteran of the US Army and currently teaches face-to-face and online classes at several universities in critical thinking. He has co-authored articles examining critical thinking strategies and tactics for the National Teaching and Learning Forum and is the author of the textbook, The Central Question: Critical Engagement with Business Ethics (2013). Barnes co-hosts the weekly radio show, 'Critical Thinking for Everyone!'; he also created the critical thinking comic book series, Adventures in Critical Thinking.
Dr. Linda Elder
Dr. Linda Elder is an educational psychologist and an international authority on critical thinking. She is President and Senior Fellow of the Foundation for Critical Thinking. Dr. Elder has taught psychology and critical thinking at the college level, and has given presentations to more than 50,000 educators. She has coauthored four books and 24 Thinker's Guides on critical thinking. Concerned with understanding and illuminating the relationship between thinking and affect, and the barriers to critical thinking, Dr. Elder has placed these issues at the center of her thinking. She is highly sought-after as a leading expert on critical thinking.