School Based Programs

Regular CTT programs offered during the school year.
School-Based Programs


CTT specializes in two types of programs on Thinking-Based Learning during the school year. The first is a long-term staff development program offered on site in schools to help these schools convert their methodology of instruction away from teacher-centered rote learning to student-centered thinking-based learning. Such programs are presently taking place in Spain, the USA, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Chile, Peru, Bulgaria, and Australia.


These programs usually run for three years. Their objectives are

(1) The teachers in a school teach all their content from their content curriculum by lessons in which students are taught to use higher-order thinking skills to reflect on the content they are learning. These are skills they are taught by their teachers that fall into the Benjamin Bloom categories of analysis, developing creative and innovative ideas, and critical thinking. There are 15 different core TBL thinking skills that give teachers a range of options in their instruction.


(2) The thinking instruction, and hence the way students develop forms of skillful  thinking, is guided by explicit, co-constructed thinking strategies, the use of special graphic organizers to make student thinking open and visible, and metacognitive reflection aimed at students guiding themselves in skillful thinking.


(3) This classroom methodology is used by all teachers in the school.


(4) The student thinking that is fostered in these classrooms is collaborative. Through prompted sharing in small groups and then in the classroom as a whole, through good listening, and through synthesizing ideas, these classrooms become collaborative thinking classrooms,


(5) The school develops and implements a thoroughly TBL-infused school-wide curriculum that defines the instructional objectives and methodology by mapping in TBL lessons throughout. The whole school thereby becomes a thinking community.


A number of schools have completed this program and have been certified as TBL schools. CTT is also working with other schools on such long-term TBL programs . The training in these programs is conducted by members of the CTT team of certified TBL trainers and is based on the work of the CTT Director, Robert Swartz.


School based programs in English-Speaking schools are administered through the CTT office in the USA. In Spanish-Speaking countries school based programs are administered through the CTT office in Madrid.


 Certification Requirements

Translation Needs

CTT has made a huge effort to provide its trainings and special events in Spanish and Arabic when requested. We are also in the process of translating a number of our materials into Spanish and already have some of our materials in Arabic. Please contact the office if you require more information about our translated materials.

Special Programs
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February Seminars


Usually during the two middle weeks of February NCTT offers two specialized week-long seminars for teachers, school administrators, curriculum specialists, university faculty, and staff-development specialists who have some familiarity and experience with ways to bring the teaching of thinking into school and college classrooms. The seminars explore specific themes related to teaching and assessing thinking each week growing out of the interests of the participants. Some of the topics that have been the focus of the seminar in past years are:


  • How to help students develop skill at making well-thought-out judgments about       the reliability of sources of information, and how teaching this important skill can be infused into instruction at different grade levels and in different subject areas.


  • How teachers can assess the thinking skill level of students in ways that can provide feedback for them that helps them improve.


  • The variety of different ways that bringing an emphasis on metacognition in the classroom can benefit students thinking abilities.


Topics of that have been suggested for future seminars are:


  • Structuring classrooms for enhanced content learning through explicitly teaching thinking skills.


  • Infusing thinking skill instruction into project-based learning units.


  • The use of graphic organizers as tools for enhancing the development of thinking skills.


  • Teaching thinking to enhance reading and writing skills.


  • Infusing thinking instruction into science.


  • Assessing thinking at the classroom level.


  • Assimilating habits of mind into thinking skill instruction.


Dr. Robert Swartz is the seminar leader and there is a maximum limit of 10 participants for each week of the seminar.

Certification is awarded for seminar participation.