1. What airport should I fly into?
Both San Francisco International (SFO) and Oakland International Airports serve the Bay Area, and are close to the Claremont. You should allow 40 mins to 1 hour commute time to/ from the airports, depending on time of day and traffic.
For airport information, please see these links:
2. How can I get to the Claremont from the airport?
We are sorry, there is no shuttle or bus service offered by The Claremont Hotel.
Please see below for public transportation information.
You may decide to rent a car, and both airports have full service car rentals available.
Please note that there is a $5/day parking fee at the Claremont.
Driving directions are available on our website at https://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/conference-hotel-2011/963
3. What should I wear?
People generally dress casually – everything from jeans and sweatshirts to "business casual". You will be in air conditioned rooms, sitting a lot, so you will want to be as comfortable as possible. Also bring shoes you can walk in, as there are restaurants and shops about 1/2 mile away. The weather could be cool (50s-60s) or could be warm (80s) so be sure to check the weather for Berkeley, CA online before you come.
4. Where else can I stay besides the Claremont?
We encourage our conference attendees to stay at the Claremont if possible for ease and convenience. However, if you choose to look elsewhere, we suggest you use a Google search or sites like Hotels.com. You will need to be sure that you can get to the Claremont via taxi, car, or other transportation. Please be aware that some neighborhoods are better than others, and it might be worth doing a Yelp search for reviews and recommendations. (www.yelp.com)
5. Can I purchase the PowerPoint presentations?
Yes you can. There will be two CDs available at the conference. Each is available for $20 and will be available at our Bookstore/ Sales Table.
6. Can I get a list of all conference participants?
We design workshop sessions so that participants frequently work with others in pairs and small groups. This enables those interested in establishing personal contacts at the workshop to exchange contact information. In addition, there will be a message board available for our group. Feel free to put a message on the bulletin board that invites those sharing an interest in _______ (whatever category you please), to take down your email address and leave their own for you. The message board will be located near our information and sales area.
7. How do the concurrent sessions work?
All concurrent sessions will be held on Wednesday morning and afternoon. Please read the Concurrent Session Program that you will receive in your packet to decide which sessions seem most relevant to your work and life.
8. How can I get academic credit for participation in the conference?
Academic Credit for the international conference is available through Sonoma State University. Registration forms for academic credit will be available at the conference desk, along with a copy of the course requirements you can review. Once you have registered for credit, you may download course requirements from our website. Please ask at the Info Desk for the forms.
9. What is the closing session?
This is a time for all registrants to come together on the last day, to process what you have learned at the conference, to think about next steps for moving forward. This session will be led by Richard Paul, Linda Elder and Gerald Nosich.
10. Does the Foundation for Critical Thinking offer on-site professional development programs in critical thinking?
Yes. You can obtain a College/University or K-12 inservice packet at the workshop desk, which explains our professional development programs. That information is also available on our website at this link: https://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/professional-development-in-critical-thinking/433
To communicate with us about our professional development programs, email Nina Caputo at firstname.lastname@example.org
11. How can my institution overcome the financial burden of a professional development program in critical thinking?
The Foundation for Critical Thinking is currently seeking partnerships with schools and school districts to provide professional development workshops at NO COST. To fund this endeavor, we are looking for financial sponsors through grants. Please contact us if your school or school district is interested so, together, we can locate and apply for various grants. The Foundation for Critical Thinking will write the grant, working with your institution. If interested, please email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
12. How can I establish an official affiliation with the Foundation for Critical Thinking?
By giving us your email we will make sure you are informed of the new membership possibilities we are presently considering. You can do this at the conference desk, or email us at email@example.com .
13. How can I gain access to a library of articles on critical thinking?
There is a library of articles on our website, which includes numerous articles you can download - https://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/index-of-articles/1021/
14. How can I get information on assessment regarding critical thinking?
Information is available on our website regarding tests and assessment.
Also, you received two thinkers guides on assessment during registration – Critical Thinking Competency Standards, and Critical Thinking Reading and Writing Test.
15. What is your policy on canceling my registration?
16. Is there a fee to park at the Claremont?The Claremont is offering a specially reduced parking fee of $5.00 per day for guests of the Conference.