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.