The 40th Annual International Conference on
...The Longest-Running Critical Thinking Conference in the World
Entirely Online with Real-Time Study Groups
Pre-Conference: September 18 & 19
Includes two months' free membership at the
Center for Critical Thinking Community Online!
(Free membership begins September 15, 2020.)
Guest Presentations will be prerecorded (and followed by scheduled interactive Discussion Groups) by conference participants whose proposals have been approved by Fellows of the Foundation for Critical Thinking. These are presentations in which presenters share their experiences in bringing critical thinking into the teaching and learning process, into daily decision-making, throughout organizations or departments, or into any other aspect of work or life. Guest Presenters may share their research in critical thinking, or their developed theory and application of critical thinking.
Guest Presentations will be listed soon on this website.
We are re-opening our Call for Proposals until June 15, and look forward to giving more of you the opportunity to present. Click here to see guidelines for submitting a proposal.
All presentations will be followed by scheduled online Discussion Groups, in which attendees will be able to participate via video feed, audio feed, or text chat (depending on their available technology). Presenters will elaborate on and contextualize their presentations during these discussions, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The number of Discussion Groups following each Focal Presentation will be determined by the number of registrants interested in discussing that presentation, while each Guest Presenter will hold at least two Discussions Groups based on his or her presentation.
The Discussion Group Schedule will be made available to all participants throughout the conference.
Pre-Conference Sessions will be held in real time online and will be led by Fellows and Scholars of the Foundation for Critical Thinking. These sessions will be held September 18-19 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Pacific) They will address foundational concepts, principles, and applications of critical thinking.Click here to see a list of the Pre-Conference Sessions.
|Cost Per Person|
|Early-Bird Rates - If Paid by July 12, 2020||1 Person||2-3 people||4-6 People||7 or More|
| Main Conference Only ||$495.00||$480.00||$455.00||$430.00|
|Main Conference & Pre-Conference||$595.00||$575.00||$545.00||$515.00|
|Standard Rates - If Paid AFTER July 12, 2020||1 Person||2-3 people||4-6 People||7 or More|
|Main Conference Only||$585.00||$565.00||$530.00||$495.00|
|Main Conference & Pre-Conference||$695.00||$670.00||$630.00||$590.00|
|Pre-Conference Only - Pay Any Time Before September 12||1 Person||2-3 people||4-6 People||7 or More|
Click titles for descriptions . . .
Dr. Gerald Nosich is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Critical Thinking and a prominent authority on critical thinking. He has given more than 150 national and international workshops on critical thinking, has worked with the U.S. Department of Education on a project for the National Assessment of Higher Order Thinking skills, has served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Critical Thinking, and has been featured as a Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Nosich is Professor Emeritus at SUNY Buffalo State and the University of New Orleans, and is the author of three books including Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum and Critical Writing: Using the Concepts and Processes of Critical Thinking to Write a Paper (forthcoming in 2020 or 2021, Rowman & Littlefield).
Ms. Carmen Polka has worked diligently to infuse critical thinking into her classroom instruction, curriculum, and assessment for more than eighteen years. Focused on transforming education through the implementation of quality instructional practices, Ms. Polka instigated and co-authored the Colorado Academic State Standards targeting research and reasoning based on the Paul-Elder framework. As a leader and critical thinking expert in her district, she led professional development and coached K-12 teachers to effectively utilize Paulian theory.
Ms. Polka is currently a principal at an elementary school, as well as a Doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Northern Colorado. She is also a licensed K-12 Special Education teacher.
For nearly twenty years, Dr. Paul Bankes has played an important leadership role in fostering the Paulian conception of critical thinking in multiple school districts. As a principal, he led the implementation of this critical thinking approach to bring about state-recognized levels of achievement in three different Title I schools – a high school, a middle school, and an elementary school. He helped author the reasoning portion of the Colorado Academic Standards that are based on the Paul-Elder framework. In addition to his administrative experience, Dr. Bankes was an elementary school teacher, continues teaching critical thinking courses at the college level, and is currently serving as a Director on his School Board of Education.
Since 1981, The Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking – sister organizations that together represent the world's oldest think tank dedicated to critical thinking – have hosted the world's longest- running critical thinking conference. The conference emphasizes the Paul-Elder Framework for Critical Thinking, which stands apart from other critical thinking theory in that, first, it applies to all human thought in all fields, professions, and domains of life; second, it relies on natural, rather than technical, language to provide tools and concepts that enable the thinker to break down, assess, and enhance his or her own thinking; third, it accounts for human emotions and desires; and fourth, it emphasizes the importance of ethics in reasoning.
Regardless of your professional, educational, or personal background, the Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking provides a unique opportunity for you to improve your understanding of critical thinking, as well as your ability to apply it to your everyday work, learning, and life.